Chari-T2000 provides FM system for sisters

The Said sisters live in a very fun and very loud house. Together, seven boisterous kids live under the same roof. These adorable sisters live with their two parents, five other children, and three other adults in a tree-lined subdivision in Sunnyvale. Diana, age eight, and Sanabel, age five, are very expressive despite their profound hearing loss. The girls have a blast with their in-house playmates but also were experiencing some communication difficulties due to their hereditary hearing loss. At age two years and four months Diana was fitted with cochlear implants. Sanabel also received cochlear implants when she was almost three. Loud environments, like their school and household, sound especially muffled and distorted for them, making it hard for them to separate one sound from another sound. Their Mom had to be close and talk very loudly for the girls to hear her. According to their audiologist and SLP Lucy Liu, “They don’t do well in noisy situations.” To facilitate learning, their school system outfitted the girls with FM systems so the teacher’s voice would be amplified and they could learn in a traditional classroom environment. When the bell rung for the end of the day, the girls had to the leave the FM systems behind as they were school property. They no longer had the benefits of these much needed FM systems after school and at home. Unfortunately, these high-tech systems were too expensive for their parents to cover for home use. Lauren Blackwell, their SLP, saw these two motivated sisters and their loving family as great candidates for Chari-T2000 assistance. The family provided 10% of the cost and Chari-T2000 funded two FM systems for the girls. The Said sisters received one transmitter and two receiver boots in December. Lucy Liu started the girls off with just one […]

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Raising Awareness of Disorders in China

In addition to working at THERAPY 2000, Lucy Liu, audiologist and SLP, has spent part of the last three years working on audiology and SLP projects in China. In addition to working at THERAPY 2000, Lucy Liu, audiologist and SLP, has spent part of the last three years working on audiology and SLP projects in China. She has been helping train people working at rehabilitation centers in different cities in China. Currently China does not have language assessment tests and Lucy is making an effort to form a language assessment development team to collaborate with the linguists in China to establish these fundamental assessments. In conjunction with UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders, she is also making an effort to provide SLP basic trainings through Tianjin Normal University. Fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese, Lucy has also been providing regular audiological and speech language consultation for Tongren Hospital a leading hospital in Beijing, China, famous for both its ophthalmology and otolaryngology work.There are very few trained audiologists and speech-language pathologists in China for such a very large population. In addition to the lack of trained individuals, Lucy explained, “Overall, there is simply low awareness of certain disorders.” The equipment at the hospital and school is state of the art, yet the training to use the equipment properly is lacking. On one of her recent visits Lucy went to a pediatric cerebral palsy rehabilitation center to help establish audiological testing. While she was at the center she realized there was a need to address the feeding issues that many of the patients with cerebral palsy were exhibiting, a normal part of treatment in the United States. Lucy inquired what kind of feeding therapy the therapists were practicing with the patients and they said none, since the patients had no problems […]

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Update from Haiti from Kathy Gamble, PTA

Tara Wisdom, PT, and I landed in Port au Prince, Haiti, two days after the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake, exhausted from our travel. We were volunteering for eight days with Project Medishare at the Bernard Mev hospital, the only trauma center for miles. We joined about twenty-five other volunteers, mainly nurses and doctors from Cincinnati, at the small corrugated hangar for baggage claim and customs, battling our way through the chaotic crowd and even walking on the broken luggage carousel to maneuver our luggage outside to meet our drivers. We inched our way along the dusty road to the hospital, shocked by the number of people still living in tents and fascinated by tap-taps (their colorful public transportation) and people with large baskets on their heads, marveling that traffic c lanes, signals, and even traffic  direction are meaningless. After a brief orientation and tour, we hit the ground running, working with Kristin, a US PT finishing a six-month stint, and two techs who do everything from evals to wound care. We would later meet Fedora, a Haitian and recent Florida PT grad who will eventually head the PT department, for her second week on the job. There were no nurses’ aides; families changed sheets, bathed, dressed, and fed their loved ones, frequently giggling at our initial efforts to help them. Tara and I worked as a team for most of the week, settling into a routine of treating pediatric patients in the morning and adult spinal cord patients in the afternoon. The only soap to be found was brought by volunteers, in our dorm bathrooms; we relied instead on hand gel and gloves, thankfully in abundant supply. Two meals a day were stacked on table in takeout boxes, and yes, I ate my entire goat portion for lunch! […]

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THERAPY 2000 hits off Rough Riders partnership

Hopefully you are all aware of the exciting partnership that we have begun with the Frisco RoughRiders this season. We are extremely proud to be diversifying the way we reach families by utilizing opportunities such as this and wanted to share some of the details with all of you. The season kicked-off on April 4th and THERAPY 2000 began our campaign with a focus on autism awareness. Ads highlighting facts throughout our sponsorship will be run in the PlayBall! programs that are distributed to each attendee. Video displays will highlight our information as visitors walk through the ballpark or stand in line for their refreshments. If that isn’t enough to catch your eye, our company information will also be scrolling across the field on their 180-foot animated LED sign that will be visible from every seat in the ballpark! Each of the seventy games has roughly 8,000 in attendance with capacity for 10,000. That’s a lot of exposure for THERAPY 2000. Another great opportunity offered to THERAPY 2000 through the Rough Riders partnership is the chance to take part in live marketing events during the games. During these events we will be able to directly interact with families that have seen our information at the game and might have some questions about possible pediatric therapy needs.    

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