At Auditory VerbalUK, we want to see a world where all deaf children have the same opportunities in life as hearing children.

Auditory VerbalUK is an award-winning national charity that helps babies and young children with permanent hearing loss to listen and talk, without the need for lip reading or sign language. Through auditory verbal therapy (AVT), our listening and spoken language specialists (LSLS Cert AVT®) coach parents to enable their children to listen, talk and develop the lifelong communication and social skills they need to thrive at school and beyond.

We offer internationally accredited training in auditory verbal therapy for professionals working in the field of paediatric hearing impairment and work in partnership with a wide range of organisations to raise expectations for deaf children in society.

We work with families and professionals from across the UK from our centres in London and Oxfordshire to create a sound future for deaf children throughout the country.

Our Vision

We want all deaf babies and children to have the opportunity to listen and speak as equals alongside their hearing peers.

Our Mission

We want to raise expectations and outcomes for deaf children. We work to increase awareness, understanding and access to auditory verbal therapy by providing services directly to families and sharing our expertise with health and education professions so that many more families can access auditory verbal therapy close to where they live.

Our Values

Achieving the best

  • We have high expectations for deaf children’s futures.
  • We strive for excellence in everything that we do and have high professional standards.
  • We continually review our ways of working to deliver the very best outcomes for deaf children.
  • We want to be the best organisation we can be to work for and to work with.
  • We are evidence-based and continually learn and improve from others in the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK and internationally.

Parent-centred

  • We view parents and carers as the child’s ‘best expert’.
  • We understand the emotional journey that families face following a diagnosis of deafness.
  • We empower parents to develop their child’s listening, speaking and social skills.
  • We support parents and help them through the maze of organisations and issues they face. We are seen as a ‘breath of fresh air’; or the ‘glue’ that keeps it all together.
  • We support parents and their children to become strong advocates for themselves.

Respectful

  • We see children as thinking individuals.
  • We respect language and communication preferences.
  • We recognise and respect other professionals in the field.
  • We recognise and value our supporters.

Collaborative

  • We work with professionals, organisations, children and parents in partnership.
  • We identify and build bridges with people and organisations that can help us to make a difference for deaf babies and children in the UK.
  • We work closely with our international partners who have been delivering listening and spoken language programmes for a number of years.