IT’S quadruple the giggles and grins for twins Evie (6) and Lilla (6) Harmsworth (right) and Flynn (5) and Angus (5) Simpson (left) ahead of Telethon Speech and Hearing’s (TSH) Loud Shirt Day.
Loud Shirt Day on October 18 will raise awareness for kids who are deaf or hard of hearing.
This year’s ambassadors are TSH students who have shared their stories in hope more families will become aware of services and programs available at TSH Wembley and the new TSH clinic at Cockburn Integrated Health.
Evie and Lilla Harmsworth were born at just 28 weeks of age and before their first birthday, they were both fitted with their first hearing aids, and joined the TSH Chatterbox early intervention program.
“With no family history of hearing loss, we were new to the world of hearing loss and it was difficult to know what was best for our girls and family,” the girls’ mother Kristina Harmsworth said.
When the twins were three-years-old, the decision was made for the Evie and Lilla to have cochlear implants and they were switched on two weeks before the girls started Kindergarten.
Twins Flynn and Angus Simpson were born prematurely and at two years of age, Flynn was diagnosed with global development delay and Angus was diagnosed with severe speech delay.
The following year the twins parents Kristy and Angus Simpson engaged in speech, physiotherapy and occupational therapists to help the boys reach their milestones.
“Six months into this amazing program and we are continually astounded at how the boys are progressing as a result of the intense program at TSH,” mum Kristy Simpson said.
To register in support of the Loud Shirt Day go to https://bit.ly/2lI580e