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What your A-V therapist and you should be doing: 
A Parent's Guide (Ages 0-6)

Normal Speech and Language Development

Encourage speech and language!

  • Talk naturally with your child, speaking without exaggerated facial (particularly mouth and tongue) movements and without the use of sign language.

  • Emphasize the sounds of speech used with your child in the way that mothers do with hearing infants who are learning to talk (motherese).

  • Understand normal child language and speech development.

  • Take turns in therapy to give your child time to process what was said and time to respond.

  • Encourage your child to use babbling and jargon as normal hearing infants do.

Learning Behaviors

Point out behaviors that indicate that your child is using sound for learning

  • Note to you the evidence that your child perceived some aspect of a speech or other sound signal whenever your child makes an auditory response.

  • Help your child know that you expect a response to sound.

  • Allow your child time to respond to sound. (PAUSE TIME)

Program management and Planning

Helps you to understand the Auditory-Verbal goals and procedures

  • Emphasize that primary therapeutic goal is training your child to be aware of, attend to, and use sound.

  • Keep accurate notes and /or videotaped records of your child's progress.

  • Use information about normal hearing children's language and speech development when discussing your child's progress.

  • Coordinate services with other professionals who may be involved with your child.

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