photoMeet Will Edgecombe, a 2008 graduate of Child’s Voice. Here is Will’s story, in his own words…

“I am 11 1/2 years old. I attend Peacock Junior High in Itasca and I am in 6th grade. I am on the high honor roll at school for the first quarter. I really like being in junior high – it is a lot of fun! I have many friends at my school and I was on the track team this past fall. I am getting ready to try out for the 6th/7th grade basketball team. I played basketball on the travel team. I also enjoy playing baseball, golfing, and riding my bike.

I started at Child’s Voice right before I turned 2 years old. My parents discovered I was deaf when I was just 16 months old. They found out about Child’s Voice from another family. We even went to meet him before I had my first surgery to see how an implant worked. My parents knew right away that they wanted me to have an implant and attend Child’s Voice. I had my first surgery right before I turned 2 and then my second surgery when I was five. I started in the Early Intervention Program a few mornings a week just before my second birthday. My first teacher was Lyra. I don’t really remember her, but Lyra and my mom still talk about how I used to wear cowboy boots and shorts to school in the summer time.

When I was three I went to the “big” school. I recently went back to visit Child’s Voice and the teachers said and they couldn’t believe how old I had gotten! I remember singing and reading books in the Centers. I had a lot of fun and learned many new things. I remember when my dad would drop me off at school on his bike.

It was at Child’s Voice that I learned to listen and speak along with a lot of hard work at home. I am very grateful for all the teachers at Child’s Voice that helped me become who I am today. I graduated when I was six and started in the first grade in Itasca. The transition into first grade was smooth. I still go to school with a lot of the same kids that were in my first grade class.

I still keep in touch with my teachers and even see some of them throughout the year. I still see a few of my classmates from Child’s Voice and keep in touch with some friends through email. My parents are still involved in many of the different fundraisers Child’s Voice continues to sponsor including the Golf Tournament.”

Congratulations Will! We’re excited to hear if you made the basketball team! Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us!