The Harmonize For Speech Fund has received this exciting letter from a Speech-Language Pathologist who lives in Guelph and is married to a barbershopper. The Guelph chapter is a strong supporter of H4S and the Trustees will give this application every consideration. Their “Wee Talk Preschool Speech and Language Service System” serves the geographic area of Wellington, Dufferin, Guelph, from birth to 5 years of age. It is a well-known fact that the sooner speech disorders are determined and treated, the sooner the child can be assimilated into the school system.

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Dear Chairman Shields and Colleagues of the Harmonize For Speech Fund,

On behalf of WeeTalk-Wellington-Dufferin Preschool Speech & Language Service System, we would like to thank you for your enthusiastic and dedicated support of our profession and clients. As a wife of a fellow barbershopper, I have had the pleasure of getting to know many men and their families, and have been so touched by the support the community members provide for each other. This extends into the greater community. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I see firsthand how you bring awareness to the ever so important need to communicate with one another.

We provide services to the preschool population, from birth to 5 years of age in our catchment area. We provide family and child centered assessments and therapy for a variety of speech, language and social needs. In years past, you have gifted us with funds to be used to support children whose parents would not otherwise be able to afford to take them for a hearing test. For so many of the children with whom we work, their hearing may be significantly impacting their ability to have a voice, to communicate. The reason for accessing a hearing test is to identify factors that may influence communication difficulties. Once identified, we are better able to provide the best speech and language therapy for each child. We are asking for funding as a support to our assessments and therapy, not as a means to fund hearing intervention. It is part of early identification for children at risk of, or having difficulties speaking.

We hope you will again consider our request for financial support. The funding you have gifted us has been a tremendous and indispensable support to so many children in the preschool population here in Guelph.

Your sincerely
Meghan Austin, CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO
Speech-Language Pathologist