I’m unpacking after returning home from a week in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and found this note from one of the girls who received her first hearing screening…
We are grateful to the children and their parents who eagerly participated in the SHED (Speech and Hearing Early Detection) Project. Much work still needs to be done and ideas for improvement are swirling; however, happy to report we were able to successfully provide training to 31 local persons as audio-techs, complete more than 60 screenings, provide a workshop for parents, distribute hearing aid care kits, and meet with community and education leadership during this inaugural visit to SVG. Thanks as always to the Cabot Trust Foundation for their generous support of our work. Tired after a nearly 24-hour travel day but happily sparking on!
Good morning from sunny St. Vincent and the Grenadines!
The SHED (Speech and Hearing Early Detection) Project has been busy since landing in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). Over the last two days, thirty-one participants including representatives from schools in Kingstown, Georgetown, and Bequia as well as representatives from the Ministry of Health and the police completed training about hearing aid care and use of SHOEBOX audiometey as audio-technicians. Subsequently, twenty students were successfully screened at the School for Children with Special Needs in Kingstown. In addition, approximately 20 parents participated in a workshop about speech and language skills and strategies to facilitate development of those skills.
Screenings will continue at the School for Children with Special Needs today and we look forward to traveling to Bequia tomorrow for screenings at the Sunshine School. More updates to follow as we spark on in SVG!
Participants completed hands-on practical training during the SHED Project workshop on use of SHOEBOX audiometey.
The countdown continues! In just one week, I’ll arrive in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) to begin work on the Speech and Hearing Early Detection clinic aka the SHED Project! We are in the thick of final touches for workshop preparations and putting supplies together for hearing aid check kits. Our collaborators in SVG are busy as well with logistical planning on island. It’s exciting to see plans coming together day by day.
Project Little Spark is grateful to Clearwater Clinical, developers of SHOEBOX audiometry, for recognizing the SHED Project as one of their humanitarian outreach activities and to the Cabot Trust for their financial support of this project.
Back by popular demand…here’s a sneak peek of one of the “hearing games” SHOEBOX audiometry uses to screen hearing in young children. Spark on!
Project Little Spark prepares for the islands.
In thirteen days, I’ll arrive in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) to begin work on the Speech and Hearing Early Detection clinic aka the SHED Project! Excitement continues to grow as supplies are delivered daily and preparations for trainings and workshops are finalized.
Project Little Spark prepares for the islands.
Much work remains so your good vibes and positive energy for successful preparations are welcomed.
Project Little Spark is grateful to Clearwater Clinical, developers of SHOEBOX audiometry, for recognizing the SHED Project as one of their humanitarian outreach activities. We will be able to leave two SHOEBOX set ups for use in SVG after this initial visit because of Clearwater Clinical’s generosity! Here’s a sneak peek of one of the “hearing games” SHOEBOX audiometry uses to screen hearing in young children. Spark on!
Sharing a little behind-the-scenes peek of our work over the last few weeks…
Setting up our first SHOEBOX audiometry system for The SHED Project
Two of Project Little Spark‘s partner schools, the School for Children with Special Needs in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and the Sunshine School in Bequia, SVG, are participating in The SHED Project, a Speech and Hearing Early Detection (SHED) clinic. SHED provides speech & hearing screenings, hearing aid checks, and workshops. In addition to providing clinical services for children and education for their caregivers and teachers, the SHED project provides training for local people to become audio-techs with the intent to create local capacity for project sustainability.
SHED clinics are now outfitted with SHOEBOX audiometers powered by the Essie system (the patented wearable portable solar energy generator that allows everyday items to become personal power sources). SHOEBOX is the first clinically validated iPad audiometer that provides diagnostic accuracy in a small mobile unit.
We are currently in the midst of required trainings to operate SHOEBOX audiometry!! After successful completion of our training, SHOEBOX (uniquely capable for use outside the traditional sound booth) will allow us to test children and adults during annual checkups and surveillance testing in virtually any environment on island. We are thrilled to be the first health care professionals to bring SHOEBOX to the Eastern Caribbean and are excited to be one step closer to implementation. Stay tuned for future updates on our progress.
Next steps: workshop development
Our SHOEBOX audiometers have arrived-small enough for remote travel and set up as well as Henry approved!
Preparations are in the works for The SHED Project, a Speech and Hearing Early Detection (SHED) clinic, and we’re excited to share that we recently received our first shipment from SHOEBOX audiometry. SHOEBOX generously offered a significant discount for our project; consequently, we are now able to provide two audiometers for the first clinic set up in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). More updates to follow…
The SHED Project:
1. Provides speech & hearing screening as well as hearing aid wellness clinics in Kingstown and Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)
2. Provides caregiver and teacher training at the School for Children with Special Needs in Kingstown, SVG and the Sunshine School in Bequia, SVG (two partner schools with Project Little Spark)
3. Trains local persons to serve as audio-techs to ensure project sustainability without needing to rely on experts from abroad
The SHED Project is supported in part by funding from The Ella Lyman Cabot Trust.