Support Telethon by Getting LOUD!
Get LOUD! is a campaign to help support Western Australian kids to hear and speak.
- 1 in 6 Australians are affected by hearing loss and 25 percent of Australian children are faced with speech difficulties.
- Hearing loss is the second most common health condition experienced by Australians – it is more common than asthma, heart disease, cancer and diabetes!
- Occupational noise is responsible for up to 21% of hearing loss worldwide.
- Approximately 49% of child hearing loss is preventable.
- For the 20% of children who have difficulty with speech or language, there is usually no clear pathway for help.
YOU Can Make a Difference
Your simple act of helping to raise awareness and fundraise for Get LOUD! will make a real and significant difference to the children and families who attend Telethon Speech & Hearing.
Our outcomes show that if we help children with hearing loss early in life, 86% will graduate high school. This result is higher than the normal population (75%).
With your help, we can ensure all children across WA with hearing, speech and language impairments have access to the early language development and support services they need to set them up for a fulfilled life.
How to Get LOUD!
Dress up day, hold a silent disco, host a morning tea, talk about hearing, or arrange a quiz night – the possibilities are endless!
Get creative in asking your friends, family and colleagues to help Telethon support children with hearing loss or speech and language issues. Search for ideas and inspiration below.
Create some friendly competition and challenge another organisation or friend to Get LOUD!.
Use our ‘Challenge!’ cards below and tag them over social media with the hashtag #getloud to get them involved.
Meet Our Ambassadors
Meet Leo Ellis, a happy and energetic child who has been with Telethon Speech & Hearing since 2017. Enrolled in our Chatterbox Program, mum Natalie first had concerns about her son’s hearing when he was around nine months of age.
“Leo would never startle to loud noises like other babies his age,” Natalie said. “He was very much in his own world and not too interested (or not noticing) what was going on around him.”
With no family history or experience with hearing loss, Leo’s parents were very shocked and confused by his diagnosis. Both parents worried how Leo’s life would look, especially about school, his ability to speak clearly and keeping up with other children in class.
One year since joining the Chatterbox Program at TSH however, Leo’s parents have noticed a dramatic improvement in their son’s development both at school and within their family home.
“Leo is a completely different child since starting TSH,” Natalie said.
“When we first started, Leo didn’t know how to listen and couldn’t understand much at all, so his behaviour was a real struggle. One year on and his listening skills are amazing. His speech is going from strength to strength and he is following instructions and joining in with his peers, which is really lovely to see.
“Leo has learnt to play and interact with his big sister Mia much better and they are now playing together beautifully.”
From being in denial and scared of what the future held for their son, parents Natalie and Ray are now confident Leo will continue going from strength to strength with the help of TSH.
“For us, this journey has been the most emotional, stressful and complicated journey we have ever been on,” Natalie said.
“But since we have joined TSH a weight has been lifted off my shoulders knowing that we are getting the best help available.
“Knowing that each department [at TSH] is working together closely to help us achieve the goals we’ve set for Leo, really makes us feel like we are getting the best possible help for him.”
Angus Kerns, also known as Gus. Gus has been a part of TSH’s Talkabout Program since he was three years old and joined our program after his parents became aware of his speech delay during a child health nurse assessment.
“He has always been a happy, passionate child, however, we did notice he was unable to verbally communicate at a similar level when compared to his peers,” said mum Stephanie.
“Gus was frequently frustrated by this which we noticed had some impact on his ability to regulate his emotions.”
Gus’ parents, Mark and Stephanie were advised by their speech pathologist about possible ongoing treatment options to enhance the speech and language development of their son.
“Mark and I are both physiotherapists and understand the importance of early intervention when it comes to the treatment of medical and physical conditions,” said Stephanie.
“We were confident that with the right intervention, we could all work together to help Gus overcome his speech and language delay and give him every opportunity to enjoy both academic and social success in his primary and high school years.”
After researching all options for their son, Mark and Stephanie decided that for a number of reasons, TSH would best suit Gus’ ongoing development. Twenty months on, both parents have noticed the huge improvement in Gus’ speech, communication and behavioural skills, and have most enjoyed the sense of community provided by TSH.
“TSH provides us with an incredible level of support and a sense of community between teachers, assistants, allied health professionals, administrators, other parents and our family,” said Stephanie.
“It recognises the challenges families face when supporting and educating a child with delays in development. We are always greeted with warmth, love and support by the staff at TSH. The professionalism and educational standards of the staff is second to none.
“[TSH] has provided Mark and I as parents, confidence in realising that Gus is in an environment that is centred around maximising his potential at this critical early stage of his language and speech development.
“There is no price you can put on giving your child the opportunity to be the best he or she could be. We are grateful TSH has given Gus this opportunity.”
Ideas & Inspiration
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