Most parents who come to us want their children to learn to talk through listening. Our experience tells us that this is an achievable goal for the majority of children with a hearing loss. Spoken language learning is time-sensitive: there is a relatively short window of time in which children’s brains are able to learn to make sense of sound. Therefore, if developing spoken language through listening is your aim, we would usually advise waiting until these listening and spoken language skills are firmly established before teaching BSL to your child. 

Auditory Verbal therapy is just one of the options that parents of deaf children may choose to pursue. Some families will use sign language and spoken language together. Some will choose sign language. We believe every family with a deaf child should have the information and access to services to support their child’s language development.