Zakariyyaa, who is five-years-old, was brought to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in 2014. His mom was worried about his behaviour after a family tragedy and wanted to have him assessed. Immediately, therapists at the Hospital realised that he was struggling to communicate with his family about what he was feeling and needed to undergo emergency speech language therapy.
He was put on a waiting list in October 2014, but thanks to extra help in the speech therapy department due to the employment of a locum, Zakariyyaa was able to start treatment in January, just three months later. Normally children wait between six and 18 months for treatment. His mom says it has made the most amazing difference and that she is so grateful for the work that the therapists do. “Talking to him now is a joy,” she says.
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