"Most people who are referred to as deaf do have some residual hearing that they are unable to access," said Mary Lucchesi of Natural Communications Inc., a support group for families with children who are hearing-impaired. By using intensive daily therapy sessions and high-tech hearing aids, the auditory-verbal approach teaches young children to interpret the vague sounds they can hear, said Lucchesi.
The conference will draw more than 300 audiologists, speech and language
pathologists and parents from around the world to present and attend workshops
on the auditory-verbal approach and issues of communication and education.
Daphne Gray, mother of 1995 Miss America Heather Whitestone, helped her
daughter through the auditory-verbal approach and will be a featured speaker.
For more information about Natural Communications Inc., or about attending the conference, call 808-0005 or write to Natural Communications Inc., P.O. Box 36412, Canton, Ohio 44735.