Natural Aural Approach: Guide

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Natural Aural Approach Articles

Natural Aural Approach Articles

Central to the Natural Aural Approach is the belief that, given optimal amplification deaf children can and do develop language in the same way as their hearing peers.  Deaf children who have acquired their language in this way with a good grasp of their mother tongue can and do learn additional languages in the same way as their hearing peers do, given the time and opportunity. Mahon, Davis 2011

Children who develop language through the natural aural approach will and must have access to the broad and balanced curriculum in a similar way to their hearing peers. Sue Lewis 1998 

There are a number of publications which document the Natural Aural Approach and its outcomes.  Some of these references are now old, but nonetheless are important as the principles underpinning the approach remain unchanged.  Since amplification has improved dramatically over this time this should be reflected in even higher expected outcomes.

The earliest publications term the approach Natural Oralism, but this was later changed to Natural Auralism to emphasise the auditory and listening behaviour which is fundamental to the Approach.  Internationally the Approach is also sometimes known as the Natural Auditory Oral Approach and for this reason we include some publications using these terms. 

Morag Clark 1989  Language through living for hearing- impaired children 

Morag Clark 2006  A Practical Guide to Quality Interaction with Children Who are Hearing Impaired

 L Robinson 1989  Parent and teachers perceptions of hearing-impaired children in primary schools 


See also the Further Reading Section