Auditory Verbal Therapy: Guide

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AV spoken language outcomes

Research studies from Auditory Verbal UK have found that children’s rate of language development was significantly accelerated from pre to post programme (Hogan, Stokes, White, Tyszkiewicz, & Woolgar, 2008)20; that financial status of the family per se is not a factor that influences spoken language outcomes for families participating in AV therapy (Hogan, Stokes, & Weller, 2010)21; that approximately 80% of children who spend at least 2 years on the programme achieve age appropriate language (Hitchins & Hogan 2018)3; and 1 in 2 children with additional needs, who spend at least 2 years on the programme, achieve age appropriate language (Hitchins & Hogan, 2018)3You can view some of AVUK’s publications here.

Research from around the world shows that children in an AV therapy programme: graduate with no gap between their chronological age and equivalent language age and develop spoken language in line with their hearing peers (Dornan, Hickson, Murdoch & Houston, 200722, 200923, Fulcher, Purcell, Baker, & Munro, 201224; Rhoades & Chisolm, 200025); progress at the same rate for listening, spoken language, self-esteem, reading and mathematics as a matched group of children with normal hearing (Dornan, Hickson, Murdoch, Houston, & Constantinescu, 2010)26; demonstrate advanced spoken language skills relative to other children who had received standard early intervention (Percy-Smith et al., 2017)27.

Hogan and Lim (2016)28 review evidence and explore how much it influences a broad understanding of AV.

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AV spoken language outcomes (continued).