Every child deserves to reach their full potential, but 1 in 2 children with hearing loss are missing out on the specialist support they need to thrive.
Shortly after birth, little Elijah was diagnosed with hearing loss in both ears. With no history of hearing loss in the family, his mum, Danielle, was completely blindsided by the news.
“It was a complete shock, and a very emotional time. The unknown of it all was very scary.”– Danielle, mother of 2-year-old Elijah
A hearing loss diagnosis is distressing for the whole family. Danielle was so afraid that Elijah’s hearing loss would hold him back from living the full life she had dreamed of for him.
Luckily for Elijah, the wonderful staff at Sydney Children’s Hospital offered Danielle various options on early intervention, and one of those was The Shepherd Centre.
Danielle and Elijah attend our new Shellharbour centre.
As a busy mum of three, easy access to a local centre makes life a lot easier for Danielle, who would otherwise have to drive all the way to our Wollongong Centre, a 2 hour drive there and back every week.
I believe EVERY child with hearing loss deserves vital early intervention support, which is why we need your help to reach more families than ever before. Limited NDIS funding means your continued support is absolutely vital in helping us to achieve this goal.
Please donate to help us reach more children with hearing loss than ever before. Your support is truly life-changing. We simply couldn’t help children like Elijah without you.