For the next three years, we will be funding a pilot teletherapy program in conjunction with the Cochlear Implant Center of the Westchester Medical Center. We expect to reach those implanted children who, because of economics or geography, are unable to visit the needed therapists at their offices. Think about a two parent working family, for example, or a child who lives an hour from the therapist. In effect, this program brings the therapist to the child by way of computer tablets and telecommunication software. It has been successful elsewhere and we are sure that under the guidance and supervision of Katrina Stidham, MD, at WMC, it will successful in this region.
The Ling Six Sound Test was created by Daniel Ling (a foremost authority on the teaching of speech to deaf children) as a quick method to ensure that a child’s hearing technology (such as a cochlear implant) is functioning properly. It’s a low tech but effective way to know if a child is currently able to hear the spectrum of sounds (pitch and loudness) in the English language, which is critical for language and academic learning.
Clarke School is well known school in NYC for teaching hearing impaired children, including those profoundly deaf with cochlear implants. Consistent with our Mission, and as our resources permit, we are in hoping to fund a parental and caregiver support program designed to provide caregivers with information and and guidance to help the child at home. Home based support is critical - from reading, playing and speaking. It all adds to the child's success in the mainstream. This is still in the planning stage but seems very promising. For more about the school, see http://www.clarkeschools.org
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