News, News and Events • April 04, 2020

Alice and Elijah

Meet Alice and Elijah.

Alice has severe hearing loss and Elijah is vision impaired, but what they both have in common is that they are critical points of their speech and language journeys. Alice, Elijah and 400 other children are at this critical point, their development cannot be put on hold.

Four year old Alice was diagnosed with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss at 9 weeks of age and cannot hear without hearing aids. Alice’s mum, Stephanie is so proud of Alice for overcoming the barriers she’s already faced and is concerned about the future.

“If Alice wasn’t able to receive services in the longer term, there is a real chance her progress would stall or go backwards. This could be a critical factor in whether she is able to start school in the coming year, which would in turn likely have a big impact on her confidence. I know she would be disappointed if she wasn’t able to stay with her friends.”

Two-year old Elijah was born with Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous (PHPV) and microphthalmia of the right eye. He is legally blind in his right eye as a result.

Mum, Annie is concerned that if Elijah’s services had to stop because of coronavirus restrictions it would have a huge impact on his development.

“If our services were to freeze I think it would have a negative impact on Eli’s speech and language. The guidance we receive from Can:Do 4Kids is so important.”

To read more about Alice and Elijah, please download their stories here

The coronavirus has changed our world as we know it. So many vulnerable families in South Australia don’t have access to the internet at home, they don’t have technology; no iPad, no laptop, no smartphone. They rely on receiving support the traditional way, face to face, support in a way that we cannot guarantee will be available for much longer.

Our therapists are doing everything they can to ensure we can continue to support new families as well as our existing Can:Do kids, some of whom are at critical points of their journey to listen, speak, sign or navigate the world around them. We can’t do this without your help.

The world does not stop for these children, and we can’t either – a delay in services can mean a delay in speech and development the rest of their lives. Please donate now and help us to ensure no child is left behind.

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