2018

Seattle Children's Program Uses Books to Help Craniofacial Patients

Seattle Children's Program Uses Books to Help Craniofacial Patients

Source: KING 5 News

Three-year-old T.J. Milojevich was born with a cleft lip and palate, a condition that can cause hearing and speech problems. His therapist at Seattle Children's Hospital is using a simple tool to help with his development – books. Craniofacial pediatrician Dr. Emily Gallagher started the program at Seattle Children's through Reach Out and Read, a national nonprofit promoting early education development through reading. "I really wanted to be able to expand the books to kids with craniofacial conditions," said Gallagher. The doctors and therapists can tailor a patient's treatment by choosing books with specific sounds. Gallagher met Sam Alexander, a former teacher and wife of Seahawks’ linebacker DJ Alexander, who shared her passion for children’s books. Their son was a patient of Gallagher's and now the two women have teamed up to bring more books to the hospital. Alexander launched a Crowdrise campaign, and for a $10 donation, you will be entered for a chance to win a VIP experience at Seahawks’ training camp with DJ Alexander.

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