Two-year-old Moana has been in Hear and Say’s Early Intervention program since she was just two months old, after she was diagnosed with profound hearing loss in both ears at her newborn hearing screening test.
Eight months later, surrounded by loved ones, Moana heard sound for the very first time when her cochlear implants were ‘switched-on’.
Since then, Moana has been attending regular audiology appointments and speech and language lessons as a part of our Early Intervention program. An important part of our program is ensuring children who are deaf or hard of hearing are socialising well outside of Hear and Say.
Recently, Moana’s speech and language therapist, Emma, had an opportunity to visit Moana’s childcare centre; “Moana was happy and comfortable in her childcare centre during my visit. She interacted with other children by waving and pointing, and at times approached other children to talk to them. During free play, she went and chose her own toys to play with, and was happy to play alongside other children.”
Moana is making great progress with her hearing, listening and spoken language, made possible thanks to her Child Champion, Aquatic Achievers.
As well as supporting Moana on her journey at Hear and Say, Aquatic Achievers have given five children the opportunity to attend complimentary swimming lessons this year (at each of their five centres in Aspley, Chandler, North Lakes, Gumdale and Paddington).
Swimming lessons are not only a wonderful social experience for children, it also helps with physical development and sets children up to be ‘water safe’ during the hot Queensland summers. Nice one Aquatic Achievers!
Moana is just one of the children in Hear and Say’s program who has a Child Champion. ‘Champions’ follow the milestones of a Hear and Say child, ensuring they can achieve their potential in the areas of listening, speaking, physical and social skills development.
If you are interested in becoming a Child Champion, please contact our fundraising team at firstname.lastname@example.org.