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
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
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.