Listening & Spoken Language Auditory Verbal Therapy (LSL)
Listening and Spoken Language Auditory Verbal Therapy, sometimes abbreviated as "LSL" or in some cases "LSL-AVT" or "AVT", happens best when a child has been identified early and intervention begins immediately. John Tracy Center honors the vision that children who are deaf or hard of hearing can learn to listen and speak and we respect each family's choice for their child.
Qualified LSL Professionals
It is valuable for families that have chosen or are considering LSL for their child to work with a team of qualified and collaborative professionals who are trained and experienced in LSL strategies and techniques. The AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language™ has two titles that signifies a highly qualified certification: LSLS Certified Auditory-Verbal Educator (LSLS Cert. AVEd™) and LSLS Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist (LSLS Cert. AVT™).
JTC's highly trained staff help maximize each child's listening, speech and language potential and uphold the specific principles of certified LSL Specialists.
According to AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language, "Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSL Specialist) certification is offered to qualified professionals who meet high standards of education and professionalism in the field of listening and spoken language. After meeting mentorship requirements and passing the LSL Specialist certification exam, professionals can earn certification as either a LSL Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist (LSLS Cert. AVT) or LSL Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Educator (LSLS Cert. AVEd)."
Coaching, Guiding & Supporting
Individualized LSL therapy sessions are geared to coaching, guiding, and supporting families and their child with hearing loss. Age-appropriate listening, language and speech evaluations are conducted to determine a child's current levels of functioning in all areas of communication development. Professionals discuss, model, and facilitate strategies to build language, speech and cognition through listening within the context of their daily home routines. Program goals match that of the families and children we serve, which are to help children develop the speech, language and listening skills they need to thrive. Further, we equip their parents with the necessary knowledge and training to optimize their children's communication potential.