AMP program faqs

What is Auditory-Verbal Therapy?

  • A ‘family-centered’ early intervention approach for children born with hearing loss that focuses primarily on auditory learning
  • The application and management of hearing technology, strategies that incorporate The Principles of Auditory-Verbal Therapy and applications that enable children who are deaf or hard of hearing to learn to listen and develop spoken language skills

(Adapted from 50 FAQs about AVT, Estabrooks, 2001 & Auditory-Verbal Therapy and Practice, Estabrooks, 2006)

What are the objectives of Auditory-Verbal Therapy?

  • To help children with hearing loss use their hearing and listening potential to develop spoken language skills
  • To utilize these skills to develop reading skills??
  • To prepare children with hearing loss to ultimately be mainstreamed into a typical classroom with their hearing peers

(Adapted from 50 FAQs about AVT, Estabrooks, 2001 & Auditory-Verbal Therapy and Practice, Estabrooks, 2006)

What are the desired results of Auditory-Verbal Therapy?

  • Children utilizing the A-V approach have the capability of developing reading and language skills comparable to their hearing peers
  • Children utilizing the A-V approach graduate reading at the grade appropriate reading levels
  • Children utilizing the A-V approach have the ability to attend typical colleges and universities

What is the Alabama Ear Institute Auditory-Verbal Mentoring Program?

  • A unique program that offers on-going training and professional development in the Auditory-Verbal Approach for professionals who provide services to children who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • A nationally and internationally acknowledged program of continued professional development in the Auditory-Verbal Approach
  • A method of increasing the availability of appropriate Auditory-Verbal therapy services to children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families in Alabama and across the nation

History of the AEI AMP Program

  • The number of families choosing a spoken language approach is increasing each year due to advances being made in hearing technology (digital hearing aids, cochlear implants). Recognizing the shortage of certified professionals to provide appropriate therapy to these children, the Alabama Ear Institute began the AEI Auditory-Verbal Mentoring Program (AMP.) AMP provides training to professionals who work with these children and families thereby increasing the availability of appropriate therapy and ultimately the number of Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapists (LSLS Cert AVTs)© and Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Educators (LSLS Cert A-V Ed. ©)
  • AEI pioneered Alabama Universal Newborn Screening (UNHS) in Alabama. 
  • As a result of AEI efforts more newborns are identified with hearing loss in Alabama
  • The families of these babies wanted to take advantage of early identification + early brain development + early amplification which allows development of spoken language in children with even profound hearing loss, however,
  • There were only 4 professionals certified to provide early intervention in the Auditory-Verbal approach in 2002.
  • AEI needs assesment study revealed that based on birth statistics for children born with hearing loss in Alabama there was a need for 25 additional A-V therapists
  • AMP was formed to increase the availability of appropriate thereapy by increasing the number of certified professionals to deliver A-V services.

AEI AMP Program Overview:

  • One-on-one guidance is provided through a mentor/mentee approach. The entire AEI team of LSLS Cert AVT mentors is dedicated to providing the best and most current coaching and mentoring practices in the A-V approach to our mentees. Collectively, they represent over 135 years working with children who have hearing loss and their families. Partnering primarily with professionals in local school systems across Alabama, AEI has successfully extended the availability of appropriate A-V services to families, many of whom otherwise would not have access. This approach has greatly impacted the travel expense and time requirements of many families.

What are the AEIAMP Program Objectives?

  • To increase number of Listening and Spoken Language Specialists Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapists (LSLS Cert AVT ©)
  • To meet the challenges and needs of the growing number of families choosing spoken language utilizing the Auditory-Verbal approach as a communication methodology in state of Alabama.
  • To increase the availability of appropriate Auditory-Verbal Therapy to children with hearing loss and their families across the state
  • To provide professional education in the A-V approach to professionals in the local school system who provide services to children with hearing loss and their families

© Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing / The Academy for Listening and Spoken Language)

How does the AEIAMP Program accomplish its objectives?

  • By conducting quarterly workshops in the Auditory-Verbal Approach principles and applications utilizing the Standardized Curriculum in Auditory-Verbal Therapy ©
  • Providing ‘one-on-one’ professional mentoring mentor/ ‘mentee’ relationship by a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist (LSLS Cert AVT ©)

Who are the participants in the AEIAMP program?

  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Teachers of the Deaf
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Audiologists
  • Parents

What are the program’s outcomes?

  • 100% success rate in program ‘graduates’ receiving their LSLS Cert AVT © recognition
  • Over 1000 professionals from 30 different states, Canada and Argentina have received training in the A-V approach through AEI workshops and training opportunities to include the following:
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    •  University staff training speech and hearing professional
    •  Members of cochlear implant teams,
    •  Nationally known oral schools,
    •  State institutes/schools for the deaf,
    •  Local school systems,
    •  State departments of education
    •  Professionals in private practice.
    •  Parents

© Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing / The Academy for Listening and Spoken Language