iHear therapist, Barb, received a marvelous email over the break – her former student Zahra who is back in Saudi Arabia with family. “Zahra was served in the iHear program while her parents attended Purdue University. Through Indiana Firsteps, they found iHear because there were no therapists in their area. Her parents wanted her to listen and speak, but also learn Arabic and English. Arabic is the families’ native language and they wanted their daughter to be able to communicate with their whole family. She received services for about a year and then everyone moved back home to the extended family. I haven’t heard from them in a while but was overjoyed to get this update!” says Barb.
“Greetings from Saudi Arabia, Barb! Zahra is doing well and had her first hearing test. Her hearing is stable (moderate to severe) nothing changes which is good thing. Her hearing aids are working very well and she is benefiting from them. Also, Zahra had her first speech/ listening therapy this week. Like in the States, the therapy is combined speech and listening at the same time. She will continue this therapy once a month. Unfortunately, there are few therapists and many kids need therapy. The therapist said that Zahra is above average language-wise and very smart. She’ll begin school next month, is talking a lot and speaking more Arabic.
We all miss you very much, especially Zahra. I am glad Zahra still remembers you and that she has strong memory of your sessions with us.”