Letter From Director
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From the Director's Desk - 2017

Dear Friends,

Nov 2015 Listening Groups

It is the time of year for reflection. What have we accomplished these past 12 months and what would we like to achieve in 2018? Let us share some of these highlights with you.

2017 was another record breaking year with 324 individuals participating in our 3 program areas for children, parents, and hearing professionals. It was also a year of outreach with educational trips to rural Colorado to support families and professionals pursuing oral outcomes for children with hearing loss. Our collaboration with CO AGBell and the CO Neurological Institute providing parent support through education and community events continued to grow. We launched an Ask-a-Parent group made up of parents who have been through the program and now help new families to be successful through their shared experiences. Our parent-tot playgroups headed out on field trips to introduce new language experiences for the children. The most popular offering within this program was a music workshop so parents could learn firsthand the importance of music training in speech and language development.

We honored two extraordinary women at our Founders Event, Winnie Moss and LaFawn Biddle. Both of these women raised children with hearing loss and through that experience went on to give their time and resources, literally for decades, to help others on a similar journey. We so enjoyed the children who participated in this program and inspired all of the guests with their beautiful speech and creativity. We also celebrated the amazing accomplishments of Hanna Pardee as our 2017 Non-Event Chairperson.

We are so grateful to Diane Zing and Julie Schlager for their dedication and efforts on the Listen Board, and we welcomed Spencer Kontnik and Nicole Torline who bring their special talents to the Board. We are so appreciative of Vickie Thomas who completed two terms as Board President and brought this organization to a new level of competence and efficiency. We also welcomed Randy Eidler to our staff, and are thankful for her support.

The New Year promises to be exciting, beginning with the historical induction of Doreen Pollack into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in March. Doreen was a pioneer of this training method teaching children to listen and talk with parents as partners. She will be recognized for her enduring contributions to our state, nation, and the world.

Let us never forget that this is also the time of year to express heartfelt thanks to our wonderful supporters because without you, none of this can happen. Please know that YOU play a significant role in the success of the children in our therapy programs and the parents who so diligently take what they learn and apply it at home.

In gratitude, we wish you many blessings in the New Year.

Pat Greenway, Executive Director

Plaque Presentation

Cherry Creek Has Heart!

Pat Greenway and Naomi Cohen of the Listen Foundation present a plaque to the Cherry Creek Has Heart Committee at the Merrill Lynch office in Cherry Creek. The committee is made up of independent financial advisors who have donated $15,000 to sponsor three children for a year. Listen Foundation greatly appreciates this generous and thoughtful contribution.

Plaque presentation 2017 

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the El Pomar Foundation

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Listening and Spoken Language Practice

1. Working toward the earliest possible identification of hearing loss in infants and young children, ideally in the newborn nursery.  Conducting an aggressive program of audiologic management.

2. Seeking the best available sources of medical treatment and technological amplification of sound for the child who is deaf or hard of hearing as early as possible.

3. Helping the child understand the meaning of any sounds heard, including spoken language, and teaching the child's parents how to make sound meaningful to the child all day long.

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