Five Victorian teachers of the deaf will soon begin the Auditory Verbal Coaching and Mentoring Program. They will be trained to teach and develop auditory verbal, or listening and spoken language, skills in children living with deafness.
This three year program is run by two highly credentialed and acclaimed mentors: Cheryl L. Dickson (M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT) and Helen M. Morrison (Ph.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT).
Cheryl has mentored professionals worldwide in auditory verbal development. She has established training programs in Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, and the Philippines. She is a former president of the A. G. Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. The author of Sound Foundation for Babies, she also co-authored Track a Listening Child.
Based in the United States of America, Helen has mentored many certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialists. A former Director of the Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children (San Antonio, Texas) she was also an Associate Professor at the Texas Christian University (Fort Worth). Her published research includes speech development in children with hearing loss, as well as auditory-verbal practice and mentoring.
Both Cheryl and Helen co-authored The Mentor’s Guide to Auditory-Verbal Competencies. They also served on the Certification Committee for the A. G. Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language.
The VDEI received applications of exceptional quality. The selection process was extremely competitive and each application was rigorously scrutinized. It is clear that the sector is brimming with talent and is enthusiastic about this program.
The VDEI hope that the program will be enjoyable and professionally beneficial to the 2015 intake. Pending funding, we will offer the program in 2016 and encourage others to reapply.
The AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language has accredited this professional development program. The participants will receive online lectures, video observation, and teaching guidance. Their course costs are funded by the VDEI.