Friday, May 29, 2009

Philanthropy Friday Behind the Scenes with Columbus Speech and Hearing

This week I learned so much about Columbus Speech and Hearing. You can read my feature article on this wonderful Columbus Metro non-profit organization at Columbus Underground.

When conducting the interview I asked if they could share a touching story for the Behind the Scene segment. As you can see from all the photos below, they do quite a lot for children with speech and hearing challenges.  By the looks on the kid's faces below, they are doing a wonderful job!

Obviously they have quite a few testimonies! Here is one about Cooper.

 At two-years-old Cooper had no words. His parents brought him to Columbus Speech & Hearing Center, where he was diagnosed with a significant language delay, along with phonological processing issues.  “The Center diagnosed Cooper with apraxia when everyone else kept testing for autism,” explained his parents.

Cooper started one-on-one speech therapy, twice a week at the Center. Immediately Cooper’s articulation improved. After six months, Cooper had gone from grunting and using one word at a time to building three-word sentences. His vocabulary quadrupled! “We saw extensive improvement in his oral motor skills,” his parents shared. “He couldn’t blow out the candles on his 3rd birthday cake, but after lots of hard work with his Speech Language Pathologist, he now blows bubbles and recently blew the candles out on his grandma’s 80th birthday cake!”

Speech therapy at the Center has made a significant impact on Cooper’s life! He has no more tantrums, because he is no longer frustrated with language. His personality is growing every day because he can finally express his needs, wants, likes and dislikes.

“We can’t say enough wonderful things about Columbus Speech & Hearing Center,” Cooper’s parents conclude. “They mapped out a treatment plan for our son’s speech delay that has put him on the road to successful language skills. Thank you!”

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