Update on Monday 11th May 2020

Latest information for families and professionals who use our services

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday (10th May), all of our sessions will continue to be delivered via online platforms until further notice and our staff will continue to work from home. We are also able to offer appointments to new families via online platforms.

Senior Auditory Verbal therapists, Estelle Gerrett and Sarah Hogan will be hosting another free Q&A session for families on our programme on Wednesday 20th May at 8pm. We will also be hosting a session for parents who wish to find out more about what we do on Tuesday 19th May at 8pm. 

For professionals, we have released further dates for our free session for teachers of the deaf, speech and language therapists and audiologists on the theme of starting out with using telepractice, sharing top tips and strategies on Thursday 21st May at 3pm and Tuesday 2nd June at 11.30am via Zoom.

This month we are also running two workshops for professionals who work with young deaf children. In these workshops you will be able to explore ways of supporting parents to use the play time they have with their child to build their brains for interaction and language, without the need for excessive use of electronic toys or screens. There are limited spaces and you can find out more and register your place here.

Please keep an eye on this page and our family Facebook page for further updates.


Update on Tuesday 21st April 2020

Latest information for families and professionals who use our services

We are delighted to be welcoming our families back for the summer term this week. All of our sessions will continue to be delivered via online platforms until further notice. We realise that families across the country may be facing changes to their financial circumstances. As a charity, we do our best to ensure that finance is not a barrier to families accessing their AV programme. If, for any reason, your household income has recently changed or is about to change then please email [email protected]. You may be entitled to additional support and you can find details of our bursaries here. We have also put together some information about other organisations that may also be able to offer financial support (not just for your AV therapy) and you can find details on our website here.

Our daily activities can be found on our family portal and on our social media. If you are considering AVT and would like to get in touch for an initial appointment which can be carried out via Skype, Zoom or Facetime, please call us on 01869 325000 or complete the form on our website.

We will be hosting another free Q&A session for families on our programme on Wednesday 29th April at 8pm – you can register here.

We also have a free session for teachers of the deaf, speech and language therapists and audiologists on the theme of starting out with using telepractice, sharing top tips and strategies on Tuesday 28th April at 11.30am via Zoom. You can register here.

Our professional training is continuing through our online platforms and if you would like more information about our short courses which can be tailored for your team and delivered through online platforms, please contact [email protected] or [email protected]


Update on Thursday 9th April 2020

Latest information for families who use our services

We hope you are all staying safe and well. We know that uncertainty can be a difficult place to be so we’ll keep you updated on a few of the steps along the way. 

Our senior Auditory Verbal therapist, Noel Kenely, hosted our first live Q&A to support families of deaf children on our programme. We were really pleased to bring our families together in an online format and delighted with the feedback that we received from those who attended.  Our next Q&A for our families will be taking place on Wednesday 29th April at 8pm. You can find out more here.

We know that families may be facing many different challenges now and in the coming months so we’ve put together a list of UK benevolent and emergency funds that may be able to support you during this time. We will be adding to this list as more funds become available.


Update on Friday 3rd April 2020

Latest information for families and professionals using our services

We hope you are all keeping safe and well in these unprecedented times. We have been working hard at AVUK to enable all of our family services to continue through a range online platforms and delighted to hear the positive feedback from those of you who have experienced your AV sessions through Skype, Zoom and Microsoft teams over the past three weeks. Because of the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19, we will be continuing to deliver our appointments via online platforms until further notice. 

If you haven’t yet tried telepractice or have any concerns about how it works, please do talk to your therapist and have a look at the page on our website which explains how it works and provides examples of parents who have been accessing sessions in this way for some time.

Each weekday we are also posting a fun activity to help develop your child’s listening and speaking skills. Check out our family portal page with our activity of the day and worksheets.

We know that families may be facing many different challenges now and in the coming months so if you are concerned about any aspect of your AV programme or would welcome the opportunity to talk to our family support officer, please do get in touch with us.

For professionals, we’ve tailored our upcoming Auditory Verbal clinical excellence network (CEN) to share strategies and experience of delivering therapy at a distance. You can find out more here.

We all hope to welcome you back to our centres soon and in the meantime hope that you and your family stay safe and well.

Please keep an eye on this page and our family Facebook page for further updates.


Update on Friday 20th March 2020

Guidance for families and professionals using our services

We are very grateful to everyone who has contacted us and continues to provide support to AVUK in these unprecedented times.  We have continued to monitor official advice and the safety of our staff and of all those who use our services has been paramount.

On Monday 16th March, our staff began working at home and are continuing to deliver our services through online platforms. Our centres in Bermondsey and Bicester are closed and will remain closed until further notice.

We have been delivering on-line sessions to families on our programme and those who are training in Auditory Verbal practice via a range of online platforms, including SKYPE, Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Like many of our counterparts around the world, we have been delivering family sessions and professional training via telepractice for a number of years and our team has experience in delivering our services in this way. We will also work with families to find other ways to keep in touch.

We will be in touch with our families shortly about appointments for next term which begins after Easter.

If you are not currently on the programme but would like to find out more about Auditory Verbal therapy, please do get in touch with us by calling 01869 325000 or completing the form on our website here: https://www.avuk.org/forms/family-enquiry. We are able to offer initial appointments through SKYPE or other online platforms.  

Please keep an eye on this page and our family Facebook page for further updates.


Update on Thursday 19th March 2020

Loud Shirt Day will be postponed until 23rd October 2020

We have taken the decision to postpone our Loud Shirt Day due to take place on 5 June 2020, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic and the significant challenges that schools, business and individuals will be facing in unprecedented times.  Our focus for the coming weeks and months at Auditory Verbal UK will be on supporting the families of deaf children on our programme and the health and education professionals that we work with, through our telepractice services.

The date of Loud Shirt Day 2020 will therefore be October 23rd and it will coincide with the event hosted by our Australian and New Zealand counterparts. On that day, we hope that you will wear your brightest clothes and get LOUD across the world to give more deaf children the opportunity to learn to listen and talk. We have updated Loud Shirt Day website, so please do check this out. We wanted to thank you for registering your interest for this year’s event and we very much hope that you’re able to still support us on 23rd October 2020. We are very sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, and thank you for your understanding. 


Update on Monday 16th March 2020

Postponed – evening for parents on 25th March 2020 

It is with much regret that we are postponing the event for parents scheduled for 25th March 2020 in London. The health and well-being of our staff and all those who use our services or attend our events is of paramount importance. 

In light of the increase in coronavirus cases and given that we work with a number of families with compromised immune systems and health conditions, we have taken the decision to ask families not to travel where possible and as of today, we are also delivering our services via telepractice.

We will be back in touch as soon as we’ve been able to rearrange the event and very much hope that you will be able to join us on a future date. We are very sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, and thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].


Update on Friday 13th March 2020

Updated Guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) for our families and visitors to AVUK 

Auditory Verbal UK continues to actively respond to government advice regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and its fast-moving developments.

The health and well-being of our staff and all those who use our services is of paramount importance. Over the last two weeks, we have put in place additional and precautionary measures in our centres and for our staff.

In light of the increase in cases and given that we work with a number of families with compromised immune systems and health conditions, we have taken the decision as an organisation to offer the majority of our regular therapy sessions online via Skype for an initial period of 14 days. This will take effect from Monday 16th March 2020. We will be contacting families individually to arrange Skype sessions. We will continue to review this position.

We have created this webpage with current information for our families - please familiarise yourself with this information as it will be updated frequently and please continue to adhere to all official government advice with regard to COVID-19.

Thank you for your cooperation. Please contact us if you have any questions.


Government & NHS advice on COVID-19