The SHED Project takes one step closer to implementation…

Sharing a little behind-the-scenes peek of our work over the last few weeks…

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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

 

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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.