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 additional needs: 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. We launched our initial findings at the House of Commons June 2018. You can read the summary document here. Our full article has now been peer reviewed and will be available in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology in 2019. 

    In 2017, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) produced and published an explanatory glossary of paediatric disability terms to “support the consistent description and recording of the multi-faceted needs of disabled children and young people.” For our research into children with additional needs we used a modified classification revised from the SNOMED-CT to describe the children in this study. We hope that employing a common framework will help to accurately identify, describe and record additional needs so that findings from many studies can be compared and expectations of spoken language outcomes can be accurately investigated in this population. You can download our modified classification here.

  • Position paper: Auditory Verbal UK publishes an annual position paper which uses the latest national and international research to outline the current landscape of paediatric deafness. It includes how social policy, hearing technology and early interventions have advanced; raising the potential for deaf children to learn to listen and speak alongside their hearing peers. In this publication we explore the global picture of Auditory Verbal therapy and what more we can be doing to make this intervention accessible to families across the UK. If you would like to order copies of our position paper please contact Dr Sarah Hogan on the email address provided below. You can also download a PDF version here. 

Our families are pivotal to our research. The successes and challenges of our families help us to raise awareness of the 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.

Dr Sarah Hogan
Research coordinator and LSLS AV Therapist
[email protected]