Auditory Verbal Therapy: Guide

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Global picture of AV

AV therapy is government funded in Australia, New Zealand and Denmark and a mainstream approach in North America.  There are also AV practitioners working in Argentina, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom (UK) and more.

In Australia there are many centres that offer Auditory Verbal therapy.  The Shepherd Centre, inspired by the work at the John Tracey Clinic in the US, was the first early intervention agency to teach ‘Auditory-Oral Therapy’ to hearing-impaired children in Australia.  You can read about the different Australian centres’ histories here:

In New Zealand AV therapy is offered to children and their families at the Hearing House.  You can view their history here.

In Denmark, since the early 2000s, a non-profit organisation called Decibel campaigned for AV therapy to be available for all children.  In 2017, funding was allocated so that all children aged 0-5 years with bilateral hearing loss above 40 dB, regardless of the type of hearing technology, could access a 3-year AV therapy course.

In the UK there are around 25 AV practitioners as of November 2021. These practitioners work within voluntary organisations such as Auditory Verbal UK, NHS CI programmes such as Manchester, and local authorities and private practices.  With full caseloads, these UK-based practitioners can currently only provide therapy for less than 7% of the deaf children under 5 years old in the UK. However, there are now many Teachers of the Deaf, Speech and Language Therapists and Audiologists training in AV practice.