Camden, a ChildServe client, was more than a year old before he could hear a dog bark, rain hitting a roof, or the sound of his anxious parents’ voices.
According to a testimonial posted on ChildServe’s website, Camden was born deaf—a hearing impairment that threatened to stunt his learning and social development.
“Camden missed out on all that time in the first year where most kids are picking up communication and developmental skills from being spoken to,” said Camden’s dad, Murph. “We wanted a program with licensed experts who could help him make up his language deficit and help him make the most of the cochlear implants.”
Camden received cochlear implants with Childserve's help at 13 months. Childserve, an Iowa-based provider of pediatric health care and support did not stop when he received the implants, they knew there would be more challenges to come.
“Hearing through a cochlear implant takes practice and patience,” the website explains. “Camden would need to learn how to piece together the auditory puzzles he heard each time someone spoke to him.”
The implants, combined with occupational and speech therapy, have moved Camden from his once slim verbal communication to confidently participating in preschool. Childserve also created an educational program tailored to all of Camden's needs.
“Camden used to play near other kids, but he wouldn’t interact with them because he wasn’t confident in communicating with them,” Murph said. “He is much more outgoing and excited to play with a new friend, and he’s willing to hold a conversation. It’s amazing. We want other parents to know that success is possible, and help is available at ChildServe.”
Childserve's mission is to help families that have children with special health care needs have a great quality of life. Camden is just one of many examples.
Childserve has several locations throughout Iowa, so they are easily accessible and available to lend a hand.