Heather Deihm wrote -
Addyson was born with mild to moderate hearing loss. She started wearing hearing aides and receiving services at home at the age of six months. Everything seemed to be going well until about two years of age When Addyson stopped making progress. At that time, we requested additional services. We were lucky enough to be connected with Jeanna from the Clarke school. She came to our house weekly and worked with Addyson and guided us while we tried figure out why she was no longer making progress.After much testing, we found out that Addyson had EVA and her hearing loss was now at a level of severe to profound. CHOP recommended that she get Cochlear implants. We were devastated. BUT, with the support of Jeanna, we came up with a plan and moved forward. Addyson got her cochlear implants December 1, 2016 and was activated December 23, 2016.Jeanna continued to see Addy and helped to get her into the Clarke School. The progress she has made in the past year has been nothing short of extraordinary! She is singing, dancing, making new friends, learning, and NEVER STOPS TALKING. If you know our girl Addy, you can't help but love her explosive personality and contagious smile. She still has a little way to go but with the help of Clarke, we believe, nothing will stand in her way!Please consider joining Team Addy on May 20, 2018 for Clarke's third annual Hearing Walk at the Philadelphia Zoo! All of the proceeds will go toward the Clarke School! Please help Clarke to continue to help Addy and her friends now and for years to come.