Re­sound­ing sup­por t for loud shir ts

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Lisa Sloan

He may not al­ways hear what you say.

But Evan Huang is go­ing to make sure you no­tice him this Fri­day.

The three- year- old and his class­mates at the Hear­ing House preschool in Green­lane have been busy paint­ing shirts for Loud Shirt Day.

The event is the an­nual fundraiser for the house and the cochlear im­plant pro­gramme – char­i­ties which teach deaf chil­dren with cochlear im­plants how to lis­ten and speak.

Peo­ple around the coun­try are en­cour­aged to wear bright shirts and do­nate to­wards help­ing chil­dren like Evan re­ceive au­di­tory- ver­bal ther­apy.

The or­gan­i­sa­tions rely on do­na­tions and need to make around $ 120,000 a year to keep their ser­vices go­ing.

“ It’s a chance to oblit­er­ate the dull and gray in the of­fice and it’s just heaps of fun,” says Hear­ing House de­vel­op­ment man­ager Tara Young.

“ We raised $ 70,000 last year and we are hop­ing to dou­ble that this year.”

Pro­ceeds are used for au­di­tory- ver­bal ther­apy, where chil­dren re­ceive oneon- one tu­tor­ing to de­velop lis­ten­ing and speak­ing skills.

The lessons help them to catch up on learn­ing time lost be­fore they re­ceived their cochlear im­plants and reach the level of other chil­dren.

Co­clear im­plants are elec­tronic de­vices in­serted be­hind the ear which stim­u­late the au­di­tory nerve.

Chil­dren be­gin at­tend­ing the house at preschool level and con­tinue un­til they go to school.

Hear­ing House preschool teacher Kaye Annabell says Loud Shirt Day is a great ex­pe­ri­ence for the chil­dren.

“ They are re­ally loving paint­ing their shirts and they are get­ting very ex­cited,” she says.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. loud­shirt­day. co. nz or phone the Hear­ing House on 579- 2333.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Colour­ing in:

Hear ing House preschool pupils Evan Huang, 3, front, and back from left: Yuan Tsai, 4, Olivia Greenfi eld, 5, and Poppy Mann, 4, have been mak­ing t- shir ts in prepa­ra­tion for Loud Shir t Day this Fr iday.

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