Certified Listening & Spoken Language Specialist

Alexander Graham BellAbout Listening and Spoken Language Specialist International Certification

The AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language is the global leader in certification of listening and spoken language professionals. The requirements for the Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) certification set universal LSLS Core Competencies – professional standards for knowledge and practical experience in the provision of listening and spoken language intervention for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. The LSLS exam is defensible and verifiable, and follows National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) standards. Read more.

What is Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) Certification?

The Academy offers the LSLS certification to qualified professionals who meet rigorous academic, professional, post-graduate education and mentoring requirements, and who pass the LSLS certification exam. LSLS certified professionals are licensed audiologists, speech-language pathologists or educators of the deaf who have voluntarily attained a high-level of specialty education and experience in listening and spoken language theory and practice.

Two LSLS designations are available:

LSLS Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist (LSLS Cert. AVT): Works one-on-one with children and families in all intervention sessions.

+ Master’s degree in speech language pathology, audiology, or education of children who are D/HH

+ 80 hours post-graduate study in Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) development

+ 900 clock hours of provision of therapy in LSL

+ 3 years of supervision by certified LSLS

+ Passing score on international LSLS certification exam

LSLS Certified Auditory-Verbal Educator (LSLS Cert. AVEd): Works directly with children in individual, group or classroom settings

+ Master’s degree in audiology, speech language pathology, or education of children who are D/HH

+ 80 hours post-graduate study in Listening and Spoken Language development

+ 500 hours over three three school years, directly  teaching children with hearing loss in a LSL program

+ Passing score on international LSLS certification exam

This is a growing specialty within the field of hearing health and education in response to a crisis of capacity that exists due to the fact that the number of families seeking a listening and spoken language outcome far exceeds the number of qualified professionals available to meet their needs.

hear ME now has the only Listening and Spoken Language Specialists in the state.