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County partners with smile for speech

By December 21, 2021 No Comments

A ray of hope is beaming for children with autism challenges in the County as the Department of Health has partnered with ‘smiles for speech’- a US-based organisation that supports children with disabilities by providing access to developmentally appropriate resources to support children with disabilities and ensure long-term sustainable solutions given by expert professional volunteers from across the World.

Among the gadgets set to be distributed by the organisation across the county includes speech language therapy books, therapy balls , scooter board for sensory integression challenge among other aiding gadgets.

Target group includes kids with speech challenges,those living with autism, down syndrome and cerebral pulsy.

Jeanette Washington, a speech pathologist expert from smiles for speech said the program will ensure all kids with challenges will be attended to from those seeking medical services at Item County Referral Hospital, those in special schools to those neglected in the villages.

Health & Sanitation Chief Officer Mary Kipchumba said the program is timely and will be go a long way in impacting on the lives of the children with challenges.

Officials present from the organisation included Kim Formby-occupational therapist,Sandy Dorsey -speech pathologist, Regina Keino project coordinator, ICRH Medical Superintendent Benjamin Kimaile & Administrator Abigael kipkurgat.