Three children who have been helped by Auditory Verbal UK impressed an audience of more than 100 people at London’s City Hall.

We were delighted to be invited to take part in the London Early Years’ Conference on March 6.

Two of our graduates Lily, aged seven, and David, aged eight, acted as comperes. They introduced a range of speakers, including Deputy Mayor of London Joanne McCartney.

CEO Anita Grover gave a keynote speech with another of our graduates Lauren, aged 12, who spoke very eloquently about her own experiences and her time at AVUK.

As part of her speech, Lauren said: “The specialist team at Auditory Verbal UK were very instrumental in helping me hear through listening. They were very supportive to my mum and dad and gave them all the tools and the confidence that they needed to help me to develop my listening and talking skills. I don’t remember very much about it at all but I’ve seen some of the videos of the sessions that I went to and I was having a lot of fun. As I have got older, they have told me more about it and why it was so important that they had the support when I was very young. 

“I know that I was one of the lucky ones who had this support and believe that SO  many deaf children are missing out. I really hope that will change. I feel that there should be more information presented to parents of young deaf children to show them that there are opportunities to coexist in the mainstream world. I also hope that more people will understand that deaf children CAN do the same things as other hearing children, and do them just as well if not better! Anything is possible if you have the right attitude, support and information.”

Lauren was featured in the Evening Standard after the event.

Read Lily's story here.