What is LSLS?

The A.G. Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language offers certification for Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS) as either Auditory-Verbal Therapists (LSLS Cert AVT) or Auditory-Verbal Educators (LSLS AVEd). The former category of certification applies to therapists who provide individualized services, typically for children who are not in special classrooms. The latter category of certification applies to teachers who provide services within the context of small groups or classrooms.

What distinguishes the LSLS Cert AVT from other therapists?

Regardless of the child's severity of hearing loss, the LSLS Cert. AVT focuses on the use of sound (audition) as the primary channel for learning and gaining meaning from the environment. Auditory-verbal practice is based on well-defined principles of treatment. The LSLS Cert AVT is a cross-disciplinarian clinician. Skills are drawn from three primary professions: audiology, speech-language, and education of the deaf, with basic knowledge of other professions including, but not limited to, otology, sensorimotor integration, child development, psychology, family counseling. The LSLS Cert AVT has cross-disciplinary skills.

What is required to become a LSLS Cert AVT?

In order to become a LSLS Cert. AVT, one must first have a degree in either audiology, speech-language pathology, deaf education, or related field AND a license, certification, or appropriate credential necessary to practice audiology, speech-language pathology, or education of the hearing impaired in the professional's jurisdiction. Please read the LSLS Cert AVT Handbook for detailed information on the hours of Auditory Verbal study requirements, some of which may be attained via attendance at approved Auditory Verbal training workshops. Additionally, candidates must complete a minimum of 750-900 supervised therapy clock hours and at least 10 hours of observation of at least two different LSLS Cert AVTs. Candidates must also work with a LSLS-certified mentor for three years prior to taking the LSLS written examination.

What do I need to do to start this AV Training?

You may contact Ellen Rhoades, either by e-mail or phone, or contact the AG Bell Academy office at

Where is AV Training offered?

Anywhere at a site that is convenient to you. It can be provided to just a few practitioners or as an at-large workshop. Contact Ellen Rhoades for further information.

Ellen A. Rhoades, EdS, LSLS Cert. AVT
1.954.370.7708 (voice/text)
1.561.504.4349 (voice/text/facetime)

This Web site was updated on April 30, 2013

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