Title: 'Auditory-Verbal Therapy: Helping Children with Hearing Loss Develop Spoken Language'
Track: 3 - Language Acquisition and Development
Keyword(s): Auditory-Verbal Therapy, early detection, parental involvement, spoken language
Learning Objectives:
  1. identify principles of Auditory-Verbal Therapy, including the importance of early detection, agressive audiological management and parental involvement.
  2. identify strategies used in AVT to maximize auditory potential and develop spoken language skills in children with hearing loss.
  3. identify factors that contribute to success and challenges in achieving spoken language outcomes for children with hearing loss


Title: Auditory-Verbal Therapy: Helping Children with Hearing Loss Develop Spoken Language Track: Language Acquisition and Development Authors: Kelli Ellis and Mary Kate McCormack Affiliations: Children’s HEAR Center, Children’s Hospital of Alabama Presenters: Kelli Ellis and Mary Kate McCormack As many as 95% of children with hearing loss are born to parents who have hearing within normal limits. After a child receives a diagnosis of hearing loss, his/her parents are faced with the challenge of choosing a mode of communication. The objective of this presentation will be to share how Auditory-Verbal Therapy can be used to help children with hearing loss develop spoken language on level with their hearing peers. Along with sharing the definition and principles of Auditory-Verbal Therapy, this presentation will also provide video footage from AV sessions and interviews with parents of children who have been enrolled in AV therapy at the HEAR Center. Learners will gain information about the key and contributing factors to success with developing spoken language in the AV approach, as well as the challenges and struggles a therapist may encounter along the way. Early detection of hearing loss is crucial for success in the Auditory-Verbal approach. This presentation will enable participants to understand how a child with a diagnosis of hearing loss may achieve spoken language, with early detection of hearing loss as a key contributing factor for success. Key Words: Auditory-Verbal Therapy parental involvement spoken language factors for success early detection challenges to achieving success Contact Information: Mary Kate McCormack, M.S. CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT marykate.mccormack@childrensal.org (205) 638-9118
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Kelli Ellis - Co-Presenter
Children's HEAR Center
     Credentials: M.S. CCC-SLP / LSLS Cert. AVT
      Kelli Ellis, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT Kelli Ellis is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist. Kelli earned her Master’s degree in Speech-language pathology from Auburn University. She started her journey toward Auditory-Verbal Therapy as a teacher for children with hearing loss in an oral resource classroom. Kelli joined the team at Children’s HEAR Center in 2008. She has worked with children in early intervention settings, schools and outpatient clinics for over 10 years. She is currently practicing as an Auditory-Verbal Therapist at Children’s HEAR Center in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Mary Kate McCormack - Co-Presenter
Children's HEAR Center
     Credentials: Master of Science in Communicative Disorders, University of Alabama Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist
      Mary Kate McCormack received her Masters of Science in Communicative Disorders at the University of Alabama in 2005. Mary Kate gained experience working in a multi-disciplinary setting with an internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Sparks Clinics in 2006. She began working at Children's of Alabama's HEAR Center in December of 2006, and received her certification as an Auditory-Verbal Therapist in 2010.

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