As they set up for their first online early intervention therapy session, mum Allison watched as Emily turned towards the computer screen in response to her therapist Tracey’s greeting.
“Hello, Emily,” Tracey said.
Emily, for the first time, waved back.
“Watching Emily’s face light up when she saw, and then waved ‘hello’ to Tracey, was absolutely priceless,” said Allison.
Emily was born with severe to profound bilateral hearing loss and, as a result, is a bilateral cochlear implant recipient. Her cochlear implants give her access to sound. Emily also lives with additional challenges so Allison, and dad Simon were unsure how telepractice, that is therapy delivered remotely, would suit their little girl.
But the COVID-19 health crisis made it necessary for the in-person therapy Emily usually receives from the RIDBC Floraville office in Northern NSW to be delivered online.