Help Reach give the gift of speech

Reach Child and Youth Development Society is in the middle of a campaign to help fund speech therapy sessions for children.

Kathleen Graham helps Lucas Dickens with his speech therapy through Reach Child and Youth Development Society.

This holiday season, Reach Child and Youth Development Society is in the middle of a campaign to help fund speech therapy sessions for children.

The Gift of Speech campaign supports speech therapists’ work with children to give them the words they need to feel connected and understood. Without that help, their future independence and well-being can be limited.

“We focus on children from birth until kindergarten entry,” said speech therapist Sheena Kirkland. “At Reach, we see children who tend to have other developmental needs as well as speech deficits.”

According to the B.C. Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, one in approximately 68 children has autism and all of these children experience a speech-language difficulty. Overall, one in 10 Canadians has a speech, language or hearing disorder.

Speech therapy funding is limited and the earlier a child receives help, the more promising their future is. Donations to the Gift of Speech campaign help children get therapy when it is most critical to their development.

Reach Child and Youth Development Society provides programs and services for children with special needs, including speech therapy. To support Reach’s Gift of Speech appeal this year, visit giftofspeech.causevox.com.