LLF inaugurates exclusive centre for AVT

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Kozhikode, Jan 28 (UNI) Canada-based Learning to Listen Foundation (LLF) Director Warren Estabrooks today inaugurated an exclusive centre to provide auditory verbal therapy (AVT) for hearing impaired children near here.

Talking to newspersons after inaugurating ''Hear and Speak'' rehabilitation centre, he said children with significant hearing loss, could listen and develop language skills and integrate then to normal school, if introduced to the therapy.

He said clear speech, natural spoken language and strong literacy skills were the results of the method implemented, using hearing aid or cochlear implant technology, he said.

Prof Estabrooks later conducted a class for auditory habilitationists from various parts of the state.

The centre charged Rs 80 for a hour for the therapy, Audiologist Sasidharan Nair, one of the patrons said. The centre also aims to conduct regular parent education and continuing professional education programmes, he added.

The Director said Auditory Habilitationist Daniya of the Centre had been selected by Shepherd Centre, Sydney and Hear and Speak for undergoing advanced training in the field.

She will be leaving for Sydney soon, he added.

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