Amongst other professionals, a search led Sarah to RIDBC (through the Early Education Program – EEP) who started supporting Sam from his first weeks of his life, still supporting him today.
RIDBC supported Sam with a combination of individual and group early intervention therapy which gave him the best start in life, teaching him how to listen and speak.
Mum remembers the quality of support received from the RIDBC team, including from therapist Bronwyn Skafte.
“Bronwyn is a very highly skilled and experienced speech therapist and program manager. She is very dedicated and passionate about her job and works tirelessly to help children with hearing loss from EEP and Taralye strive to reach their full potential.” Sarah said.
“She has played many roles over the past six years, from providing our son intense speech therapy early on, right through to giving us advice regarding supports, NDIS and school. Bronwyn has been instrumental in helping to shape who our son is today, and we are forever grateful to her for that.”
Equally, Bronwyn recalls supporting Sam, and his family.
“Sarah and Anthony have been incredibly dedicated since day one, seeking out information from a variety of professionals to help them understand Sam’s hearing needs and his hearing equipment.
They wanted to ensure that best practice early intervention was always in place – with all his carers and educators and in all environments. Thus, strategies to ensure Sam had optimal listening for learning could be incorporated into daily routines and play, to help Sam meet his potential!
As a result of this hard work, Sam has been able to learn to listen and speak according to his age. Not only is he a confident and outgoing boy now but he also has a bright future,” Bronwyn said.