Gift to help kids with speech problems

SPEECH and language therapy clinics that help children across Suffolk have received a generous gift.The Dominic Barker Trust, known as Dom's Fund, was set up in memory of Dominic Barker, who had a persistent stammer and took his own life in 1994.

SPEECH and language therapy clinics that help children across Suffolk have received a generous gift.

The Dominic Barker Trust, known as Dom's Fund, was set up in memory of Dominic Barker, who had a persistent stammer and took his own life in 1994.

Now the Ipswich-based trust has agreed to fund and loan 13 video cameras, tripods and laptop computers for use in 13 clinics in Suffolk.

The equipment is being used to support early intervention treatment for children who stammer.


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It can record, replay and assess the most effective way of helping parents to interact with their child.

Paediatric speech and language therapy manager Peta Cook, of Suffolk Community Healthcare, said: “We're delighted that the trustees of Dom's Fund have kindly donated this equipment. It will make a real difference to how we can provide vital speech therapy for children across Suffolk.

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“The treatment we'll be using it for is highly effective in improving speech among children, and benefits those children and their families hugely.”

Should more be done to help children who stammer? Has a stammer affected your life? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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