Faces of Providence

This page seeks to recognize and honor some of those who are the reason behind our mission of Enriching Life Through the Gifts of Speech and Hearing.

 

Providence Patient, Christy

At almost 3 years of age, Christy comes to Providence for both speech and occupational therapy, and she has started making tremendous progress. By the time most children are 3, they are walking, talking and feeding themselves, but due to her complex medical history, that is not the case for Christy. Christy was born with several medical challenges, including Down syndrome and gastro-intestinal abnormalities that have made her dependent on a gastrostomy tube (or "g-tube") for feeding all of her life, but she doesn't let anything slow her down! Once each week, she comes in for individual speech therapy. She is working on following directions, looking or pointing at objects when they are named and vocalizing. She makes progress every day. Her occupational therapy is a bit more intensive so she comes in twice a week. Her main goals are focused on improving gross motor skills, walking, and learning to eat and swallow food. She navigates her way through our occupational therapy gym without assistance. She is also learning to chew and swallow soft foods, and she recently started drinking water from a cup--this is a huge accomplishment. Christy is full of personality and spunk! She isn't letting anything slow her down, and we can't wait to see her continued gains. Because of our unique, multidisciplinary approach, people of all ages and walks of life have come to count on Providence. Every single patient we see has a story. It is our privilege to continue serving those who need us most, but we certainly couldn't do it without the unwavering dedication of our community supporters. On behalf of Christy and the thousands of patients we serve each year, we thank YOU for making Providence Hear-O stories like this possible! Want to help? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation online today.

Providence Patient, Ray

Ray is 45 years old and has a chronic seizure disorder, which has caused both apraxia of speech (the motor planning aspect of speaking) and aphasia (finding the right word to express). He has been coming to Providence since February 2016 and working with his current Speech-Language Pathologist, Jessica, since September. For Ray and people with apraxia of speech, every aspect of saying a word must be specifically planned, and in many instances, one or more of the steps don't happen or happen incorrectly. For example, when he wants to say "water", he might only be able to make the sound "wah..." or worse: he can't remember what shape to make with his mouth to produce the word. So Jessica works with Ray to have him practice repeating a series of regular sentences that he uses in his day-to-day communication. Over the past few months, Ray has made tremendous progress in this area. His routine speech is becoming much easier to understand. In addition to apraxia of speech, Ray also has aphasia. He often struggles to find the correct word he wants to say. The time and energy it takes for him to figure out the right word can take time and be frustrating. For this, Jessica uses fill-in-the-blank exercises using definitions, adjectives and opposites. About Ray, Jessica said, "He is the sweetest, most good-hearted person I have met. He loves his family, lights up whenever we talk about them, enjoys spending time with his job coach and is making the most out of his life. He is such a gem!" Outside of Providence, Ray lives in a home with support and works at Albertsons with the help of his job coach. He practices his sentences on his own time and looks forward to coming to speech to show Jessica how hard he has been working! People of all ages and walks of life have come to count on Providence. Every single patient we see has a story. Every circumstance is unique. It is our privilege to continue serving those who need us most, but we certainly couldn't do it without the unwavering dedication of our community supporters. On behalf of Ray and the thousands of patients we serve each year, we thank YOU for making Providence Hear-O stories like this possible! Want to help? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation online today.

Providence Patients, Monica and Leo

Meet Monica, and her adorable son, Leo. Monica was born with severe bilateral microtia--meaning that, before she was born, most of her external ears did not form. As a young child, she came to Providence Speech and Hearing Center (Providence) and was fit with a BAHA (bone-anchored hearing aid), which helps carry external sounds into the inner ear through bone conduction in the skull. As Monica aged, so did her hearing aid. As an adult, she continually had to send out her old BAHA to be repaired because it would abruptly stop working, but she was unable to afford a newer, more technologically-advanced replacement. Without her BAHA, she was nearly deaf--and at risk of losing her job as a preschool teacher. In addition, Monica was a new mom and often unable to hear her son, Leo, who was also born with microtia, though not as severe as her own. She was scared and frustrated...but then she remembered Providence. Monica came back to Providence, told us her story and asked for help. Thanks to our donors, we were able to help her afford a brand new BAHA, which has made an enormous difference for her. She hadn't realized just how much she was missing. In fact, she recently heard rain for the first time...and loved it! Leo was also fit with bilateral BAHAs at Providence. The world of sound is now wide open to both of them. In Monica's own words: "I used to be a patient of Providence until I was 21 years old. I loved the help, understanding and the comfort that this place gave me. It made [me] feel really special and I am forever thankful that all these people from Providence became like my family. This is one of the reasons I am bringing my son here because I know he is in good hands and they would take really good care of him like they did with me." With our 52 years of unique, multidisciplinary service excellence in helping the speech and hearing impaired of southern California, we are now treating second and third generation patients. It is our privilege to continue serving those who need us most, but we certainly couldn't do it without the unwavering dedication of our community supporters. On behalf of Monica, Leo and the thousands of patients we serve each year, we thank YOU for making Providence Hear-O stories like this possible! Want to help? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation online today.

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