Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist

In addition to being a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, Jenny is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist (LSLS, Cert. AVT). In order to obtain certification, Jenny committed countless academic and therapeutic hours enhancing her knowledge in building spoken language skills in children with hearing loss. Two critical components to the development of spoken language skills in children with hearing loss are access to critical auditory brain centers and parent(s) as the primary facilitators of auditory, speech, language, and cognitive development.

Early diagnosis and access to sound are critical for the child with a hearing loss on the path toward spoken language development. In order for the child to learn spoken language, critical auditory brain centers must be accessed. Your child’s amplification, hearing aid(s) or cochlear implant(s), provide access to the brain. In order for the brain to learn spoken language, access to the speech banana is critical. Following consistent and appropriate access to sound, the child with a hearing loss can develop auditory, speech, and spoken language skills. Partnership with your child’s audiologist is critical to your child’s success. Additionally, therapeutic intervention can guide you in providing auditory input to your child through a developmental hierarchy.

The development of spoken language, speech, auditory, and cognitive skills in children with hearing loss is most successful when parents build their knowledge and confidence. It is the responsibility of the therapists at Speech Bananas to establish a partnership with the parent(s). Through coaching, each therapist guides and facilitates knowledge acquisition in the parent. These skills are practiced during therapeutic sessions and in the home environment.

Please refer to the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language for further information.