Oral/Auditory-Oral

The child develops internal language through early, consistent listening experiences and developmentally appropriate therapy, which includes speech- reading and the use of hearing technology.

An approach that teaches a child to use his/her remaining hearing through amplification and the use of speechreading/natural gestures/visual cues to aid the child’s understanding of language.

The use of any form of sign language communication is not encouraged.

 

PRIMARY GOALS

  • To develop spoken language through listening and visual cues.
  • To develop spoken language and communication skills necessary for school success and integration into the hearing community.

 

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT (receptive)

The child develops internal language through early, consistent listening experiences and developmentally appropriate therapy, which includes speech- reading and the use of hearing technology.

 

EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE

Spoken and written English.

 

HEARING

Early, consistent and appropriate use of hearing technology (hearing aids, cochlear implant(s), FM system) is important with this approach.

Requires ongoing auditory management.

 

FAMILY/PRIMARY CAREGIVER RESPONSIBILITIES & GUIDANCE

  • Families are expected to provide appropriate carry-over of goals, strategies and techniques from the child’s classroom setting and/or individual therapy sessions into daily routines and play activities.
  • Parents need to work with the child’s teacher(s) and/or therapist(s) to learn strategies and techniques for developing listening, speechreading and speaking skills in an oral learning environment.

 

More Info and Related Links

Oral Education
Equal Voice for Deaf Children (EVDC)

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