When 3 year old Kiara-Lee was born, infant hearing screening had not yet been implemented at the family’s local clinic. Both her parents are deaf and they raised their concerns about Kiara-Lee’s hearing when she was 6 months old. They had hoped for a better childhood for their baby girl. Kiara- Lee was referred to a clinic where the Carel du Toit Centre had implemented a pilot project for infant hearing screening in partnership with the Western Cape Government: Health.
Once assessed, Kiara-Lee was referred to the Audiology Department at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. Diagnostic testing confirmed a moderate hearing loss in both ears. Kiara-Lee received hearing aids and the family began a journey of early intervention to involve them in their daughter’s progression. Through attending regular sessions at the Carel du Toit Centre, Kiara-Lee now boasts age appropriate receptive and expressive language and she can now interact and sing along with her classmates.
The Trust’s current priority is the Child Speech and Hearing Programme, which aims to address the issue of access to services, reduce the waiting list at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital and introduce
Speech-Language Therapy and Audiology services across all levels of the healthcare continuum, including home- and community-based care, primary care clinics and at district hospitals.
To support the Child Speecha nd Hearing Programme contact Chantel Cooper on 021 686 7860 or email firstname.lastname@example.org