Tackling Cambodia’s desperate need for speech therapy

“For me, its difficult. If my daughter doesn’t have me or her father, she won’t have anyone to depend on. So I have no hope,” says the mother of 14-year-old Serey.

Serey has Down syndrome and has trouble communicating. She’s now learning in a special-needs classroom in Phnom Penh. Her mother despairs for her future without lots of specialist help.

Cambodia does not have a single local speech therapist. And yet, 600,000 Cambodians are in need of speech therapy. OIC Cambodia is changing that by creating a university course that will eventually roll out a wave of locally-trained therapists. OIC plans to graduate the first 100 Cambodian speech therapists by 2030.

Read full story: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/tackling-cambodia-s-desperate-need-for-speech-therapy/3243084.html
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