SHED Project kicks off in SVG…

Good morning from sunny St. Vincent and the Grenadines!

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 training on use of SHOEBOX audiometey.

Participants completed hands-on practical training during the SHED Project workshop on use of SHOEBOX audiometey.

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Have audiometers, will travel…

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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.

Sharing some pics from our SVG partner…#BeTheSpark #ProjectLittleSpark #seedthechange

The School for Children with Special Needs (SCSN) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) recently received their second shipment from students at the Bell School for the Deaf in Chicago, IL.  To help the Chicago SVG 2students understand more about their global peers, SCSN sent several pictures showing their students participating in typical school events.  The intent of the photo and card exchanges we are implementing is to help the children recognize they have a lot in common but can learn from each others’ differences.  For example, all of the children enjoy games but we Chicagoans are still trying to figure out cricket (apparently very popular in SVG)! As always, we are very appreciative to our supporters who donated school supplies and to The Pollination Project for the funds to ship supplies to SVG.  Sparking on…