Principles of the Auditory Approach
- Early detection and intervention to make maximum use of the critical windows of development.
- Selection of suitable amplification - hearing aids / Cochlear Implant - to maximize listening skills.
- Parent participation - Empower parents to become the primary facilitators of their child's listening and spoken language.
- Guiding parents to help their child integrate listening and spoken language into all aspects of the child's life.
- Providing an 'Auditory Environment' - Create environments that support listening for the acquisition of spoken language throughout the child's daily activities. Structured and incidental teaching is required for learning to listen.
- One to one therapy
- Administering on-going formal and informal diagnostic assessments to monitor progress and to develop individualized habilitation programmes for the child and family. The approach should be diagnostic.
- Integration - Confidence building in the child to attend regular school with her/his hearing peers and become a contributing and participating member of society.
- Listening skills should be developed without the use of Sign Language or emphasis on lip-reading.
- Team work between parent, habilitationist, audiologist, teacher and child.
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