Kyra is a charming three year old girl. She enjoys stories, loves playing with her older sister and has a wonderful sense of humor. But she can't talk. She knows what she wants to say but she can not get her lips, tongue, and vocal cords to work together to form sounds into words. In therapy, Kyra is learning to make speech sounds as she plays with a variety of toys, e.g. saying ba ba as blocks fall down and go boom, saying hi as Jack pops out of a box. Music, movement and signs are also used to stimulate speech development. Kyra will learn to talk but it will involve a long course of therapy. Small Steps in Speech is making this possible for Kyra. Thank you for giving her the gift of communication.
Submitted by Kyra's speech therapist
The Small Steps in Speech Grant has helped Kyra and our family in many ways. It has allowed us to continue her private speech therapy which had been on a month-by-month basis due to our family's limited funds. Now we can look forward to continuing her private speech therapy for a longer period. The grant has also allowed us to refocus our energies on her treatment and resolution and move toward the future. Small Steps in Speech has graciously stepped forward and helped where private insurance and the school systems left a gap. We truly appreciated the warmth, understanding, and professionalism along the way. We feel blessed to have learned of your grant and the opportunity you have shared with us. Thank you Small Steps in Speech for helping Kyra!
Submitted by Kyra's parents
Colorado Springs, CO