Auditory Verbal UK was founded in 2003 to raise expectations for deaf children and to provide access to Auditory Verbal therapy for the first time in the UK. 

Our Founding Director, Jacqueline Stokes (LSLS Cert AVT®) brought Auditory Verbal therapy to the UK after training in Canada and seeing what could be achieved for deaf children. The Auditory Verbal approach forms part of mainstream support for deaf children in North America, Denmark and Australasia. After working with children from her home in Oxfordshire, Jacqueline established the charity, Auditory Verbal UK and led it until her retirement in 2012. AVUK now has a team of over 20 staff who work from two established centres in London and Oxfordshire. We provide support to over 100 families a year and approximately 80% of our graduates achieve language skills equal to their hearing peers. To date, we have shared our clinical expertise with over 1,000 hearing impairment professionals and run an internationally accredited programme of training in Auditory Verbal therapy. We subsidise all of our services for families through our fundraising efforts and offer a bursary scheme.

The timeline below shows key dates in AVUK’s history:


Our founder, Jacqueline Stokes, qualifies as a listening and spoken language specialist (LSLS Cert AVT®) under Dr Daniel Ling.


Jacqueline leaves the NHS to work with families in a private setting.


Jacqueline begins the process of planning for how more families could benefit from the service with the goal of launching a new charitable initiative. 


The introduction of the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme means that demand for early intervention begins to increase.


The first trustees are recruited and the charity is registered with the Charity Commission. 


The first AVUK centre opens at Bignell Park Barns near Bicester, Oxfordshire. Jacqueline recruits Elizabeth Tyszkiewicz. 


Catherine White joins as an Auditory Verbal therapist trainee.


Sarah Hogan joins the team as research co-ordinator and later trains as an Auditory Verbal therapist.


Isobel Weller, a qualified social worker, is recruited to provide support to all our past and present families.


We publish our peer-reviewed research, demonstrating the successful outcomes of the Auditory Verbal approach in a leading deafness education journal.

We launch our Reach Out programme to widen access to families on low incomes. The success of the project assisted in dispelling the myth that Auditory Verbal therapy is only suitable for those with more money or time to engage.


We’re awarded the GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award for ‘Excellence in Community Healthcare’.

We open a satellite centre in London to support a growing number of families from Greater London.


We run our first six month ‘Working Through Audition’ course for Teachers of the Deaf, speech and language therapists and audiologists. This is Part 1 of our accredited training package for professionals who want to qualify as an LSLS Cert AVT®.

Aware that families with small children were having to travel long distances to access Auditory Verbal therapy, we introduce Auditory Verbal therapy Skype Sessions.


Founding Director, Jacqueline Stokes retires. Anita Grover is appointed Chief Executive.

Listen and Talk As One is established, bringing together highly specialist hearing evaluation by Chear with Auditory Verbal therapy, supported by leading hearing technology manufacturer, Phonak.

We run our first ‘Auditory Verbal Therapy Principles in Everyday Practice’ training course for professionals. This is Part 2 of our accredited training package in become an LSLS Cert AVT®.


Part 2 of our training package is launched as a distance learning course, enabling Teachers of the Deaf, audiologists and speech and language therapists to participate regardless of physical locations.

Our CEO Anita Grover becomes the first UK CEO to be awarded the Macquarie Group David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship which funds a research trip to Australia and New Zealand.

We are Highly Commended for ‘Charity of the Year with an income under £1 million’ at the Charity Times Awards.

In conjunction with The Hearing Hub, we launch a 12-month pilot scheme in Belfast to raise awareness and expectations in Northern Ireland.

We receive over £500,000 thanks to our transformative partnership with The October Club.


We introduce Auditory Verbal therapy to the Republic of Ireland as part of a collaboration with parent group, Our New Ears.

Rosie Quayle, our Clinical Lead, is awarded the Churchill Travelling Fellowship, and travels to Australasia to share clinical expertise with Auditory Verbal therapists and partner practitioners.

Our Young Ambassador, James Curtis, is awarded Children’s Achievement of the Year at the Children and Young People Now Awards. AVUK is a finalist in the category of Early Intervention, Learning and Charity of the Year.

James is Highly Commended for Young Person of the Year at the Shine A Light Awards.

AVUK is shortlisted as the Guardian Charity of the Year. 

We run our first six month distance learning course, and deliver intensive courses to professionals in Denmark and Dublin. 


We host our first Power of Speech event at the House of Commons. 

We publish our Five Year Strategy, Position Paper, and Cost benefit Analysis which showed that for every £1 invested in our Auditory Verbal therapy programme there is a £4 return. 

Our CEO wins the 2016 ACEVO fellowship.

AVUK wins Learning award at the Children and Young People Now awards – for the initiative that has made the best contribution to improving educational achievement.

AVUK hosts its first Christmas carol evening in London showcasing the talents of AVUK graduates.


AVUK awarded Highly Commended Charity of the Year and the Third Sector Awards.

We collaborate with The Ear Foundation and AG Bell Academy for the Early Intervention conference in London. 

The number of certified Auditory Verbal therapists in the UK rises to a total of 20. 

We launch our outreach programme, On Your Doorstep, which aims to increase awareness across the UK to give all deaf children the opportunity of accessing AVT close to where they live.