Our Mission
Our mission is to enable children with hearing loss to gain the skills necessary to perform at the same level as their normal hearing peers using the Auditory-Verbal practices of teaching.

Principles of Auditory Verbal Practice:  Our goal is...
1. To detect hearing impairment as early as possible through screening programs, ideally in the newborn nursery and throughout childhood.

2. To pursue prompt and vigorous medical and audiological management, including selection, modification and maintenance of appropriate hearing aids, cochlear implants, or other sensory aids.

3. To guide, counsel and support parents and caregivers as the primary models for spoken language through listening and to help them understand the impact of deafness and impaired hearing on the entire family.

4. To help children integrate listening into their development of communication and social skills.

5. To support children’s auditory-verbal development through one-to-one teaching

6. To help children monitor their own voices and the voices of others in order to enhance the intelligibility of their spoken language.

7. To use developmental patterns of listening, language, speech and cognition to stimulate natural communication.

8. To continuously assess and evaluate children’s development in listening, language, speech and cognition and, through diagnostic intervention, modify the program when needed.

9. To promote education in regular classrooms with peers who have typical hearing, as early as possible, when the child has the skills to do so.

10. To provide support services to facilitate children’s educational and social inclusion in regular education classes.

1353 Van Auken SE, Grand Rapids, MI  49508  (616) 819-3070