Position Statement: The Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certification: Designation


Adopted by the Alexander Graham Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language Board of Directors, March 2015
Contributors: Rollen Cooper, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd; Andrew Kendrick, M. SpEd., LSLS Cert. AVT

The Alexander Graham Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language (AG Bell Academy) offers a single specialty certification to professionals who are currently licensed to practice independently as a speech-language pathologist, audiologist, or educator of the deaf and hard of hearing, and who are specialists in helping children with hearing loss and their families achieve a listening and spoken communication outcome.    

The Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS®) certification has two available designations:  

  1.  Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist (LSLS Cert. AVT®) 
  2. Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Educator (LSLS Cert. AVEd®) 

LSLS certified professionals with either designation have met the same criteria and hold the same professional credential (i.e., LSLS), and have proven mastery of a body of knowledge that focuses on guiding families toward reaching the goal of listening and spoken language for their child with hearing loss. Professionals who have earned the LSLS certification, regardless of designation, have met the same high-level requirements. These include:

  •  a bachelor’s degree or higher; 
  •  a current professional license or certification as a speech-language pathologist, audiologist, and/ or educator of children with hearing loss;
  •  completion of at least 80 hours of continuing education that has been approved by the AG Bell Academy; 
  •  at least three (3) years of full-time experience; 
  •  having been mentored by a LSLS certified professional for at least three (3) years; and
  •  passing the AG Bell Academy LSLS certification examination. 

LSLS certified professionals of both designations also adhere to similar professional principles of practice and the AG Bell Academy’s code of professional conduct. Professionals of both designations are also required to engage in approved continuing education activities to maintain their designation by recertifying every two years.
The primary difference between the two designations—LSLS Cert. AVT and LSLS Cert. AVEd—is the work environment and caseload of the applicant at the time s/he applied for the LSLS certification examination:

  • For those with the LSLS Cert. AVT designation, the majority of their caseload at the time they applied for the LSLS certification was in a one-on-one setting with the child and family.
  • For those with the LSLS Cert. AVEd designation, the majority of their caseload was in a group or classroom setting. 

Both designations are qualified to work with children and their families individually or with children in a group setting.

Depending on the certified professionals’ individual licensures and background, LSLS certified professionals of either designation may work in schools, hospitals, private clinics and/or families’ homes. Certified LSLS professionals may also serve as a mentor to applicants seeking the LSLS certification regardless of the applicants intended designation.

Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS®), Auditory-Verbal Therapist (LSLS Cert. AVT®), and Auditory-Verbal Educator (LSLS Cert. AVEd®) are trademarks of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language.

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