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Auditory-Verbal Therapy
For Young Children with Hearing Loss and Their Families, and the Practitioners Who Guide Them

Warren Estabrooks, Karen MacIver-Lux, Ellen A. Rhoades
Details:
602 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Hardcover, 7 x 10"
ISBN13:
978-1-59756-888-3
Release Date:
05/30/2016
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Overview

Auditory-Verbal Therapy: For Young Children with Hearing Loss and Their Families, and the Practitioners Who Guide Them provides a comprehensive examination of auditory-verbal therapy (AVT), from theory to evidence-based practice.

Key features:

  • Detailed exploration of AVT, including historical perspectives and current research that continue to drive clinical practice
  • Essential use of hearing aids, cochlear implants, and other implantable devices, and additional hearing technologies in AVT
  • Goals of the AV practitioner and strategies used in AVT to develop listening, talking, and thinking
  • Effective parent coaching strategies in AVT
  • Blueprint of the AVT session
  • Step-by-step AVT session plans for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and early school-age children
  • Critical partnerships of the family and the AV practitioner with the audiologist, speech-language pathologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, hearing resource teacher, and psychologist
  • Families Journeys in AVT from 12 countries around the world


In AVT, parents and caregivers become actively engaged as their child's first and most enduring teachers. Following an evidence-based framework, Auditory-Verbal Therapy: For Young Children with Hearing Loss and Their Families, and the Practitioners Who Guide Them demonstrates how AV practitioners work in tandem with the family to integrate listening and spoken language into the child's everyday life. The book concludes with personal family stories of hope, inspiration, and encouragement, written by parents from twelve countries across the world who have experienced the desired outcomes for their children following AVT.

This book is relevant to AVT practitioners, administrators, teachers of children with hearing loss, special educators, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, surgeons, primary care physicians, and parents.

Reviews

  • Helen M. Morrison, PhD, CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT, . (June 6, 2016):
    "Auditory-Verbal Therapy provides a thorough, 21st century resource for professionals, families, and students. Each chapter is organized in a way that technical information is accompanied by suggestions for practical application, making it a likely “go-to” reference that will be consulted frequently.

    The history of Auditory-Verbal therapy (AVT) described in the first chapter is comprehensive and much needed in order to ensure that the story of the approach is not lost to current and future generations of professionals and families. The book is clear about the principles of AVT, what it is and is not, all while demonstrating how AV therapy has evolved to apply evidence-based practices that meet the needs of today’s diverse families and children.

    A highlight of the book is a systematic review of literature concerning AVT that utilizes the most current techniques and standards for scientific rigor to describe the state of evidence supporting the approach. The chapters that address audiological procedures and hearing technology are current and provide a basis for deeper reading of the topics discussed. The book addresses each of the knowledge domains that Auditory-Verbal therapists apply in practice, including comprehensive developmental milestones, emergent literacy, inclusion and specific strategies for parent coaching.

    An important section of this book provides a rationale and framework for planning and implementing AVT sessions, followed by a series of case studies and lesson plans written by experienced AV therapists that apply this framework. The children and families in these case studies and lessons represent a range of ages, diagnoses, additional disabilities, and cultural/economic situations. The lesson plans at first glance may not seem like conventional lesson plans. They illustrate how important teaching within the conversational context is in AVT, beginning with initial greetings and entering the therapy room or home. Following the child’s lead and exploiting teachable moments are highlighted.

    Finally, families from across the global community tell their own stories, demonstrating the universality of the approach. The families not only hail from many different countries, but they are each unique in their cultural and economic situations, types of hearing loss and the ages at which their children entered AVT. Many of the children in these families have challenges in addition to hearing loss.

    This book is a must-have for anyone who works with children with hearing loss and their families. The information has value for professionals and families across the communication options that families might choose. This book is essential for professionals working to attain Listening and Spoken Language Specialist certification. It will guide their learning during their certification period and serve as a foundational source for examination preparation."

  • Estelle Roberts, Speech-Language Therapist, Jhb Cochlear Implant Programme, Johannesburg, South Africa (July 2016):
    "Auditory-Verbal Therapy: For Young Children with Hearing loss and Their Families, and the Practitioners Who Guide Them provides a current, comprehensive and evidence-based text with appeal for a broad spectrum of professionals. The editors’ global experience reflects in, and influences the text, as does the work of 29 contributors, all international experts in their fields. . . . Given its broad appeal to professionals and families, its presentation of extensive current, researched information and practical application to AVT, as well as its easy navigability, this resource may well replace existing texts to become the favoured 'go-to' resource for practitioners, students, families and the broader CI community seeking exploration and guidance in the field of AVT."

  • Wilder M Roberts, Au.D., University of South Alabama, Doody's (August 2016):
    "4 STARS! The book covers initial audiologic information, theory, and evidence supporting auditory-verbal therapy, amplification, auditory/speech/language milestones, literacy, strategies for therapy in the areas of listening, talking, thinking, and parent coaching. The book also offers example therapy plans and sessions, while also covering additional issues associated and not associated with hearing loss. Family experiences are also discussed. Of the many books I have read on this subject, this is the most comprehensive. The quality of this book is exemplary. The topics are relevant and presented in an organized manner. This is an excellent resource for both families and practitioners."

  • Anne N. Fulcher PhD LSLS Cert. AVT, Principal Listening and Spoken Language Therapist, The Shepherd Centre, Sydney, Australia (September 2016):
    "This wonderful resource is a must have in the tool kit for professionals and parents committed to learning about and utilising A-V Therapy in the 21st Century. Increasingly we have been supplied with research based evidence to support the constructs of A-V practices. With greater authority we are now able to understand why A-V practices can facilitate optimal listening, language and speech outcomes in infants diagnosed with hearing loss. This book updates us in these sciences and practices behind A-V therapy. In fact, Chapter 3 comprehensively assists potential researchers in methodology to analyse the evidence as well as develop new research projects in the A-V field. For mentees working towards international certification in Auditory-Verbal Therapy this resource is essential. Each of the 9 core domains are rigorously covered in impressively easy to follow chapters. Armed with a strong knowledge base, the reader can then experience a wide variety of A-V styles of therapy delivery, gleaning some wonderful therapy tips along the way. The book concludes as it should with courageous and inspiring family stories. In essence, this resource is invaluable to any professional or family keen to be fully armed with up to date information to assist and support them in their journeys with hearing loss."

Preface
Acknowledgments
Editors
Contributors

Chapter 1. Auditory-Verbal Therapy: An Overview
Warren Estabrooks, Karen MacIver-Lux, Ellen A. Rhoades, and Stacey R. Lim

Chapter 2. Hearing, Listening, the Brain, and Auditory-Verbal Therapy
Carol Flexer and Ellen A. Rhoades

Chapter 3. Evaluating the Research and Examining Outcomes of Auditory-Verbal Therapy: Moving From Evidence-Based to Evidence-Informed Practice
Alice Eriks-Brophy, Hillary Ganek, and Glynnis DuBois

Chapter 4. Audiology: Implications for Auditory-Verbal Therapy
Carolyne Edwards

Chapter 5. Hearing Aids and Auditory-Verbal Therapy
Ryan W. McCreery and Elizabeth A. Walker

Chapter 6. Implantable Hearing Technologies and Auditory-Verbal Therapy
Jace Wolfe and Sara Neumann

Chapter 7. Assistive Hearing and Access Technologies and Auditory-Verbal Therapy
Samuel R. Atcherson, Tina Childress, and Sarah Warren Kennett

Chapter 8. Milestones in Auditory-Verbal Development: Auditory Processing, Speech, Language, Emergent Literacy, Play, and Theory of Mind
Karen MacIver-Lux, Stacey R. Lim, Ellen A. Rhoades, Lyn Robertson, Rosie Quayle, and Louise Hönck

Chapter 9. Emergent Literacy in Children With Hearing Loss and Auditory-Verbal Therapy
Lyn Robertson and Denise Wray

Chapter 10. Strategies for Listening, Talking, and Thinking in Auditory-Verbal Therapy
Ellen A. Rhoades, Warren Estabrooks, Stacey R. Lim, and Karen MacIver-Lux

Chapter 11. Parent Coaching Strategies in Auditory-Verbal Therapy
Ellen A. Rhoades and Karen MacIver-Lux

Chapter 12. Blueprint of an Auditory-Verbal Therapy Session
Warren Estabrooks, Karen MacIver-Lux, Louise Hönck, and Rosie Quayle

Chapter 13. Auditory-Verbal Therapy in Action: Step-by-Step Session Plans
Warren Estabrooks, Louise Hönck, Sally Tannenbaum-Katsaggelos, Maria Emilia (Mila) de Melo, Becky Crow Clem, David Sindrey, Lisa Katz, Karen MacIver-Lux, and Pamela Steacie

Chapter 14. Children With Complex Hearing Issues and Auditory-Verbal Therapy
Stacey R. Lim and Karen MacIver-Lux

Chapter 15. Inclusion at School and Auditory-Verbal Therapy
Ellen A. Rhoades, Karen MacIver-Lux, and Stacey R. Lim

Chapter 16. Professional Partnerships and Auditory-Verbal Therapy
Karen MacIver-Lux, Warren Estabrooks, Stacey R. Lim, Rebecca A. Siomra, Wendy D. Visser, Jennifer K. Sansom, Ellen Yack, Ariella Blum Samson, and Dale V. Atkins

Chapter 17. Family Journeys in Auditory-Verbal Therapy: Stories From Twelve Countries
Parents of Children with Hearing Loss

Epilogue
Index

About The Authors

Warren Estabrooks

Warren Estabrooks, M.Ed., Dip. Ed. Deaf, LSLS Cert. AVT, is President and CEO of WE Listen International Inc., a global consulting company in Toronto, Canada. He and his team provide professional education, training, and development in Auditory-Verbal Therapy for practitioners who work with children with hearing loss and their families around the world.


Karen MacIver-Lux

Karen MacIver-Lux, MA, Aud(C), Reg. CASLPO, LSLS Cert. AVT, is President and CEO of SoundIntuition, a company that provides continuing education opportunities, training, and consulting for professionals who work with children who have communication disorders. She is also Director of MacIver-Lux Auditory Learning Services in Toronto, and a proud consultant of WE Listen International, Inc.


Ellen A. Rhoades

Ellen A. Rhoades, EdS, LSLS Cert. AVT, is an international consultant, mentor, and speaker who has established and directed several Auditory-Verbal centers and programs. She was a Founding Director of Auditory-Verbal International and served on AG Bell Association's Board of Directors. She is Associate Editor of The Volta Review and Review Editor for other professional journals.

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