Mum’s sound ad­vice

Stirling Times - - Front Page - Laura Pond

WEM­B­LEY Downs par­ents Lisa and Marc Webb dis­cov­ered their son Ol­lie had sig­nif­i­cant hear­ing loss when he was three days old.

Ol­lie was di­ag­nosed with Pen­dred syn­drome and re­ceived hear­ing aids at six weeks.

Now aged three and hav­ing re­cently re­ceived bi­lat­eral cochlear im­plants, Ol­lie is thriv­ing and Mrs Webb said it was tes­ta­ment to the sup­port of Telethon Speech and Hear­ing.

“We’re re­ally lucky we’re hav­ing that ac­cess and sup­port. We’ve learnt how im­por­tant it is for early in­ter­ven­tion,” she said.

Her ad­vice to other par­ents is to trust and sur­round them­selves with ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sion­als.

Ol­lie started pre-kinder­garten at New­man Col­lege this year and will be sup­ported through­out his ed­u­ca­tion through the Telethon Speech and Hear­ing School Sup­port pro­gram, which has been run­ning for more than 35 years.

Teacher of the deaf Zita Fer­reira said a team of staff would work with Ol­lie and his teach­ers.

“As Ol­lie is new to lis­ten­ing with the use of his hear­ing tech­nol­ogy, Ol­lie will be sup­ported in kindy through the pro­gram in or­der to de­velop his lis­ten­ing, lan­guage and so­cial de­vel­op­ment,” she said.

“Sup­port at the school in­cludes work­ing closely with the fam­ily through in­di­vid­ual ther­apy sessions with a teacher of the deaf, devel­op­ing in­di­vid­ual ed­u­ca­tion plans for the stu­dent, sup­port­ing and ed­u­cat­ing the staff at New­man Col­lege un­der­stand the im­pli­ca­tions of hear­ing loss on a child/stu­dent’s learn­ing.”

Mrs Webb, who is a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher at the school, wanted to give back. With the school’s sup­port, they raised $1000 last year and will raise aware­ness at crazy sock days on Novem­ber 2 and 30.

Mrs Webb said it was in­cred­i­ble to see Ol­lie hear sounds for the first time.

“He could hear crick­ets out­side and drip­ping taps,” she said.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d487703

Lisa Webb with son Ol­lie sit­ting on her lap, Milla Con­nell, and Ge­orge and Char­lie Pugh.

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