Ling Sound Toys for Kids with Hearing Loss

  • US$1,045.00
    raised of $2,000.00 goal
52% Funded
13 Donors
Raised offline: $1,043.00
Total: $2,088.00

No more donations are being accepted at this time. Please contact the campaign owner if you would like to discuss further funding opportunities

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My name is Bianka Wasserman and I am raising funds to provide Ling Sound Toys to all children up to the age of 2 attending the Chat Centre at Carel du Toit, Tygerberg.


OUR STORY
Oliver, our son, was born November, 2019. A few weeks later we found out that Oliver had severe to profound hearing loss. A diagnosis like this, 40 years ago would have meant that he would have limited or no access to sound and his main mode of communication would likely have been sign language. However, thankfully for the technology available today, Oliver now has access to sound with his two “magic ears” or cochlear implants giving him an opportunity for speech and communication.

The journey of sound for Oliver starts now! Just because he has the hearing technology doesn’t mean that he can hear. There is lots of work to be done to train his brain how to listen. We are currently doing Auditory Verbal Therapy through the Chat Centre at Carel du Toit.


THE THERAPY
Auditory Verbal Therapy (AVT) focuses on coaching the parents or carers of the child in the use of Auditory Verbal strategies and techniques in everyday activities and play so that every opportunity is used to develop their child's listening brain and spoken language skills. AVT is an early intervention programme.

In order for the therapy to work, the child's technology i.e. cochlear implant, Baha or hearing aid needs to be working properly. This is where the Ling Sounds come in. The Ling Sounds are different sounds from low to high pitch and are used to check that the child is hearing the range of speech sounds needed to learn language.

The Ling Six Sounds are as follows: “ah, oo, ee, mm, sh, ss”. What matters most is that they are paired with language so that they become meaningful, so we use toys. That's where the use of the toys come in.
Here is a list of common pairings:
AH: aeroplane
OO: train
EE: mouse
MM: ice cream
SH: baby
SS: snake


THE PLAN
Historically, parents would go out and purchase toys for each one of these sounds or perhaps use visual cue cards. When looking around for toys for Oliver, my husband Daniel and I realised that we needed durable toys that could be used for an extended period of time. So I asked Rene from Boogzie bee Creations if she could make us these toys out of wood. As you can see below they turned out beautifully.

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After receiving Oliver's Ling Sound Toys, I wanted to share these with all the children at the Chat Centre.
Many children at the Chat Centre come from very low income families who just can't afford the extra expense BUT would greatly benefit from the toys. We have even been told that for some children these may be the only toys that they would have at home.


OUR GOAL
To raise funds so that all children under the age of 2 at the Chat Centre can have their own 6 Ling-Sound Toy-bag with all 6 TOYS in it. The fundraising will be taking place from the 1st of October to the 9th of November, Oliver's first birthday! We would like to get them to the children by the end of November, before school closes for the year.

These are more than just toys for these children, they provide
access to speech and communication and ultimately their future. Let's help these little superhear-o's make the most of their "magic ears"!


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OTHER DONORS
Simply Bee Natural Beeswax Products will be donating 10% of all their online orders from 1 October - 9 November 2020.

Bianka Wasserman Professional Specialised Kinesiologist will be donating 10% of all sessions booked with her from 1 October - 9 November 2020.


***Local bank account details are available upon request if preferred method of payment.***

Organizer

  • Bianka Wasserman
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  • Campaign Owner

Donors

  • D Hyde
  • Donated on Oct 19, 2020
  • Keep up the amazing work !

$20.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Oct 18, 2020
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  • Aymie Jenkins
  • Donated on Oct 12, 2020
  • Donation From Airport Christian Fellowship

$95.00
Dec 09

Delivery of First Sets of Ling Sound Toys

Update posted by Bianka Wasserman at 06:39 pm

WOW, WOW, WOW!!! I am so grateful for how this fundraiser ended! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for everyone that not only donated to the campaign but also for sharing it far and wide. We literally had backers from all over the world! A special. . . . .

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Oct 17

23 Days to go...

Update posted by Bianka Wasserman at 06:56 pm

THANK YOU again to everyone who has not only donated to this campaign but also shared it. Sharing this campaign not only gets the word out about our specific campaign but creates awareness about hearing loss and children.Please click on the link to see a a lovely CLIP put together

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Oct 08

New Goal....

Update posted by Bianka Wasserman at 08:26 pm

WOW!!! It hasn't even been a week and we have reached over $1000! Thank you so much to all our family, friends and supporters for donating, it really means a lot to me and the children. Since everyone has been so generous, I have increased the goal to $2000!Meeting the. . . . .

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Donors & Comments

13 donors
  • D Hyde
  • Donated on Oct 19, 2020
  • Keep up the amazing work !

$20.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Oct 18, 2020
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  • Aymie Jenkins
  • Donated on Oct 12, 2020
  • Donation From Airport Christian Fellowship

$95.00
$20.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Oct 08, 2020
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$10.00
  • Laura Pearson
  • Donated on Oct 05, 2020
$30.00
$20.00
  • Laura Durrett
  • Donated on Oct 04, 2020
  • Oliver is so lucky to have your love and support. I hope so many other kids will benefit from this! Love you B!

$100.00
  • Katie Kirby
  • Donated on Oct 02, 2020
$100.00
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US$1,045.00
raised of $2,000.00 goal
52% Funded
13 Donors
Raised offline: $1,043.00
Total: $2,088.00

No more donations are being accepted at this time. Please contact the campaign owner if you would like to discuss further funding opportunities