When is it best to start AVT? Should we wait until our baby is older? At Auditory Verbal UK we work with babies and children aged up to five years old to maximise the vital development stage of the brain. For children who are born deaf, especially into hearing families with no experience of hearing loss, skilled and sensitive early support is vital if they are to develop the language and communication skills they need to be ready to start school alongside their hearing peers. Research shows the younger you start AVT, the better the outcomes will be for your child. See latest evidence here.