Children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can develop extraordinary listening and spoken language skills. At Floating Hospital for Children, we offer a family-centered approach that guides parents in unlocking the potential and possibilities within their child.
Our Cochlear Implant and Hearing Loss Team offers the only hospital-based Auditory Verbal Therapy (AVT) in Massachusetts. Joy Wilmouth, a speech language pathologist and certified Auditory Verbal Therapist, leads a team that empowers children with hearing loss to listen and talk on par with their hearing peers.
No matter how profound your child's hearing loss, the appropriate amplification device combined with AVT can have a tremendous impact. We work with your family to help you achieve your goals for your child.
AVT guides caregivers and parents in helping your child develop spoken language through listening, using everyday natural and meaningful communication. In the case that AVT is not the right fit for your child and family, we'll explore other communication approaches that may be more appropriate.
At your first appointment, we discuss with you:
We offer AVT primarily for children with hearing loss up to age 6, but follow children of all ages for evaluations, consultation and periodic check-ins. Families often explore AVT at Floating Hospital because:
AVT involves weekly sessions for your family at Floating Hospital. Throughout the course of therapy, we continually evaluate the progress of both child and parent(s), and make adjustments in our approach as necessary.
Children learn to use their cochlear implants or hearing aids to listen to their own voices, the voices of others and the sounds of their environment in order to understand spoken language. Therapy features fun, engaging activities that help sharpen essential skills.
Parents work alongside the therapist and are educated on a variety of practical strategies and techniques they can integrate into the family's daily life.
Joy Wilmouth, one of the state's few certified Auditory Verbal Therapists, heads our service. She has worked with children with hearing loss at Tufts Medical Center since 2004.
Wilmouth works closely with our audiologists to adjust the cochlear implant or hearing aid to achieve the best possible results for each child. She often collaborates in cochlear implant mapping to ensure the current device is programmed accurately for optimal functional hearing.
Accepting New Patients
Title(s): Senior Audiologist
Department(s): Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5300
Fax #: 617-636-0583
Diagnostic audiology, implantable hearing devices
Pediatricians, neuropsychologists, otolaryngologists and speech pathologists often refer patients to us for evaluation. We'll forward all test results to you and be available to answer follow-up questions.
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