Crusade and Rauch, Inc. help 2-year-old learn to speak

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by Melissa Swan

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Updated Thursday, May 22 at 8:18 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) - Rown Carr, 2, was born premature at 27 weeks and has a speech delay. Thanks in part to the WHAS Crusade for Children, he's improving his speech and comprehension skills.

Rowan is getting help at Rauch, Inc., an agency supported through the Crusade.

Pre-school teacher Sharon Clemons is working with Rowan to get him to speak. She asks him questions as they play, and said that during the 12-week program, she's seen a marked change in Rowan.

"He's more opinionated. He can answer simple questions, and a big thing is that he can come over and tell me what he wants. To be able to tell their wants and needs is really good," Clemons said.

Danyelle Carr, Rowan's mom, said, "I get to have conversations with him now and understand what he did during the day and how his day was. It's definitely been a huge improvement and greatly appreciated."

Rauch, Inc. is one of the longest running agencies to receive Crusade funding. It was given its first grant in 1959. Since 1978, Rauch has received over $1 million in Crusade funding to help children like Rowan in Southern Indiana.

The 61st Annual Crusade for Children is coming up June 7 and 8.

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