Since 1986, India’s Aural Education (AURED) programme for children with hearing issues has worked with families to teach children to listen and speak in English, Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati before starting mainstream school:
Immediately after a child receives digital hearing-aids or cochlear implants, AURED recommends AVT (auditory-verbal therapy), especially as regional governments prepare to give cochlear implants to disadvantaged children.
“We needed the freedom to do some serious ‘experimenting’ and we did that with the consent of parents of 6 children between the ages of 1 to 3. We explained that technically at the end of 3-4 years, their children should be able to listen and talk but we could not predict the extent of success. In spite of the ‘warning’, they went along with us.” – Aziza Tyabji Hydari, co-founder of Aural Education for Children with Hearing Impairment (AURED).
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