Listening and Spoken Language

    • emphasizes using the child's residual hearing and providing education and therapy that teaches the child to use his/her residual hearing to the best of his/her ability
    • believes that children with even minimal hearing can be taught to listen and learn spoken language
    • creates a partnership between educators and parents with the goal of parents becoming the primary teacher of spoken language

    The AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language describes the Principles of LSLS.

    The AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language offers Listening and Spoken Language Certification in two designations:

    • LSLS Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist (LSLS Cert. AVT): Works one-on-one with children and families in all intervention sessions
    • LSLS Certified Auditory-Verbal Educator (LSLS Cert. AVEd): Involves the family and works directly with children in individual, group or classroom settings

    AG Bell offers a Parent Hotline.

    Hear to Learn:  Advancing understanding of spoken language learning for young children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

    Cochlear Implant Online offers answers to:


    • Listening, with the use of technology such as hearing aids, FM systems, cochlear implants, is used as the primary means for learning language
    • Signs are not used; however, the use of speechreading/natural gestures/visual cues to aid the child’s understanding of language are included.

    Hands & Voices provides information on auditory/oral education, including: what it is, issues, what parents should know, and additional resources.

    The Oberkotter Foundation will provide free materials related to oral deaf education to parents, educators, audiologists and speech pathologists, and healthcare professionals.

    • Watch the oral deaf EDUCATION videosVIdeo Icon
      • "Dreams Spoken Here" - introduces oral deaf children and their families
      • "Dreams Made Real" - revisits the oral deaf children introduced in "Dreams Spoken Here" five years later
      • "Hear the Difference" - see and hear the outcomes of early identification, early intervention and listening and spoken language for children who are diagnosed as deaf or hard of hearing