About The Book

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.

About the Authors

Warren Estabrooks, M.Ed., Dip. Ed. Deaf, LSLS Cert. AVT, is President and CEO of WE Listen International, a global consulting company in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He and his consulting team provide professional education, training, and development in Listening and Spoken Language through Auditory-Verbal Therapy for practitioners who work with children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families around the world. Formerly, Mr. Estabrooks was Director of the Auditory Learning Centre of the Learning to Listen Foundation at North York General Hospital in Toronto. He was a Founding Director of Auditory-Verbal International and a Founding Director of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. He is the honored patron of the Warren Estabrooks Centre of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Soundsteps of Mumbai and London and the Warren Estabrooks Speakers’ Series of SoundIntuition, Toronto. He is a Canadian of Distinction, recipient of many professional and humanitarian awards, and he has made numerous significant contributions to the literature.

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. Formerly, she was Coordinator of Clinical Services at the Learning to Listen Foundation, of which she is a graduate. She has had a cochlear implant since 2009 after which she received auditory skills training. Karen was director of the Board of Auditory-Verbal International Inc., and was honored by Maclean’s magazine as one of the top 100 young Canadians.

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. She has authored many papers, chapters, and books including Aural (Re)Habilitation for Adolescents with Hearing Loss and Auditory-Verbal Practice: Toward a Family-Centered Approach, 2nd ed. Her awards include Professional of the Year (AVI), Program of the Year (AG Bell), and Nitchie Award in Human Communication (League for the Hard of Hearing). She has congenital bilateral profound hearing loss.

Table of Contents


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



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