At Auditory Verbal UK our researchers, led by Dr. Sarah Hogan, work with our families, past and present, to study the outcomes of our Auditory Verbal therapy programme. We are interested in how our early intervention programme benefits children in the long term, both academically and socially. We are also interested in how challenges such as economic disadvantage and a child's additional needs affect children's outcomes on our programme. We want to raise expectations and outcomes for all deaf children. Our research is a combined effort from our team and our families to show what amazing things deaf children can achieve.

Here are a few of the projects we are currently working on:

  • Literacy outcomes: We have recently been in touch with some of our graduates and their families to gain data from their Key stage 1 and Key Stage 2 assessment results. From this study we will be able to show the outcomes, as measured by the Department of Education's national assessments, of deaf children who followed an Auditory Verbal therapy programme. 

  • The LENA project: Auditory Verbal UK is teaming up with the National Deaf Children Society (NDCS) on this pilot project to trial the LENA (Language ENvironment Analysis) system. From this study we will gain an insight into how the LENA systems could be a beneficial approach for families and therapists to use within our AV early intervention programme.

  • Children with multiple challenges: One challenge of deafness is that it does not always occur in isolation- 30% of children on AVUK's Auditory Verbal therapy programme have additional needs, with challenges ranging from oro-motor disorders, to complex physical needs, to cognitive difficulties. This project explores what can be achieved for children with multiple challenges.

Our families are pivotal to our research. The successes, and challenges, of our families help us to raise awareness of Auditory Verbal approach. Auditory Verbal UK seeks to influence national policies surrounding deaf babies and children and their future.

You can see some of our findings from our 2016 Ten Year Audit summarised here.

You can also find more information about new evidence that demonstrates the effect of sign language on cochlear implant recipients here.

Dr Sarah Hogan
Research coordinator and LSLS AV Therapist
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Abigail Hitchins
Research assistant
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