About The Book

dited by world renown experts with contributions by a global cohort of authors, Auditory-Verbal Therapy: Science, Research, and Practice is highly relevant to today’s community of practitioners of Auditory-Verbal Therapy (LSLS Cert. AVT), and to those who are working towards LSLS Cert. AVT certification. It is also an excellent resource for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, teachers of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, administrators, psychologists, cochlear implant surgeons, primary care physicians, social workers, and other allied health and education professionals. Although written primarily for practitioners, it will be a welcome resource for parents, family members, and other caregivers who love children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and for whom the desired outcomes are listening, spoken language, and literacy.

The book is divided into five parts:

Part I: Overview of Auditory-Verbal Therapy: Foundations and Fundamentals

This section covers the philosophy, history, and principles of AVT, including outcome data, results of a new survey of LSLS Cert. AVT community on global practice patterns in AVT, information on auditory brain development, and evaluation of evidence-based and evidence-informed practice for the new decade.

Part II: Audiology, Hearing Technologies, and Speech Acoustics, and Auditory-Verbal Therapy

This section covers audiology and AVT, hearing aids, implantable and hearing assistive devices, and in-depth speech acoustics for AVT.

Part III: Developmental Domains in Auditory-Verbal Therapy

This section covers the development of listening, three-dimensional conversations, speech, play, cognition, and literacy, as applied to AVT.

Part IVThe Practice of Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Here strategies for developing listening, talking, and thinking in AVT are covered, including parent coaching, the AVT Session: planning, delivery and evaluation, music and singing, assessment, and inclusion of “AVT children” in the regular preschool.

Part VExtending and Expanding the Practice of Auditory-Verbal Therapy

The final section includes information on children with complex hearing issues, children with additional challenges, multilingualism, children and families experiencing adversity, tele-practice, coaching and mentoring practitioners, and cost-benefit of AVT.

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.

Helen McCaffrey Morrison, PhD, CCC/A (Retired), LSLS Cert. AVT, is an educator, audiologist, and Auditory-Verbal Therapist. As an Associate Professor at Texas Christian University she taught future educators and speech-language pathologists and published research in both early speech development and Auditory-Verbal practice patterns. Following retirement, she founded Listening-Speaking-Learning, mentoring professionals and teaching global online courses. Helen served in the AG Bell Academy as a member of the Certification Committee and the Mentoring Committee. Helen is a co-author of the Mentor’s Guide to Auditory-Verbal Competencies. She received the Health Care Hero Award, Research and Academic Division from the Dallas Business Journal.

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.


Table Of Contents

Part I. Auditory-Verbal Therapy: Foundations and Fundamentals

Chapter 1. Auditory-Verbal Therapy: An Overview

Warren Estabrooks, Helen McCaffrey Morrison, and Karen MacIver-Lux

Chapter 2. Auditory Brain Development and Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Carol Flexer and Jace Wolfe

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

Part II. Audiology, Hearing Technologies, Speech Acoustics, and Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Chapter 4. Audiology and 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

Sara Neumann and Jace Wolfe

Chapter 7. Hearing Assistance Technologies and Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Sarah E. Warren, Tina Childress, and Olivia G. Naegle

Chapter 8. Speech Acoustics and Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Helen McCaffrey Morrison

Part III. Developmental Domains in Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Chapter 9. Development of Listening and Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Helen McCaffrey Morrison

Chapter 10. Development of Three-Dimensional Conversations and Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Helen McCaffrey Morrison and Warren Estabrooks

Chapter 11. Development of Speech and Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Helen McCaffrey Morrison

Chapter 12. The Development of Play and Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Rosie Quayle, Louise Ashton, and Warren Estabrooks

Chapter 13. The Development of Cognition and Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Frances Clark and Warren Estabooks

Chapter 14. Development of Literacy and Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Lyn Robertson and Denise Wray

Part IV. The Practice of Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Chapter 15. Strategies for Developing Listening, Talking, and Thinking and Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Karen MacIver-Lux, Elaine Smolen, Elizabeth Rosenzweigh, and Warren Estabrooks

Chapter 16. Coaching Parents and Caregivers in Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Karen MacIver-Lux, Warren Estabrooks, and Joanna Smith

Chapter 17. The Auditory-Verbal Session: Planning, Delivery, and Evaluation

Warren Estabrooks, Louise Ashton, Rosie Quayle, Frances Clark, Karen MacIver-Lux, Sally Tannenbaum, Lisa Katz, and Dave Sindrey

Chapter 18. Music and Singing in Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Amy McConkey Robbins

Chapter 19. Assessment in Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Lindsay Zombek

Chapter 20. Children in Early Childhood Classrooms and Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Helen McCaffrey Morrison, Karen MacIver-Lux, Stacey R. Lim, Carrie Norman

Part V. Extending and Expanding the Practice of Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Chapter 21. Children with Unique Hearing Issues and Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Karen MacIver-Lux and Stacey R. Lim

Chapter 22. Children with Additional Challenges and Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Kathryn Ritter, Denyse V. Hayward, Warren Estabrooks, Noel Kenely, and Sarah Hogan

Chapter 23. Multi-lingualism and Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Elizabeth M. Fitzpatrick and Suzanne P. Doucet

Chapter 24. Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Families Experiencing Adversity: The Role of the Auditory-Verbal Practitioner

Jenna Voss and Susan Lenihan

Chapter 25. Telepractice and Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Emma Rushbrooke, Monique Waite, and K. Todd Houston

Chapter 26. Coaching and Mentoring Practitioners and Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Helen McCaffrey Morrison and Cheryl L. Dickson


Chapter 27. Cost Benefit of Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Anita Grover, Ellie Goldblatt, and Sarah Hogan


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