Anthea Martin, a speech therapist from Perth, Australia flew all the way to Ipoh for a noble cause. Besides exploring a different cultural background, she took the opportunity to enjoy a short vacation with her family.

For three days, April 11 to 13, she helped to assess children with speech disorders at Persatuan Pemulihan Sultan Azlan Shah (PPSAS). The centre was delighted to have her.

PPSAS is a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation centre which provides community-based rehabilitative programmes and health services such as physiotherapy, speech therapy

and occupational therapy. It has now broadened its services to include hydrotherapy, hippotherapy, play therapy, computer accessibility including sound and sensory stimulation therapy.

The centre has 8102 registered clients since its first establishment back in 1982. The number of clients is growing. Anthea and family were by Regina, Chief Executive Officer of PPSAS and Councillor Ir. Lai Kong Phooi from Ipoh City Council.

Thirty children were tested by Anthea over the three-day period. They were regular attendees of therapy sessions at the PPSAS Speech Therapy Unit.

Upon receiving the news of Anthea’s arrival parents were overjoyed, as they looked forward to having their children assessed or re-assessed by a qualified speech therapist from abroad.

They hope for nothing more but the betterment of their children. The children assessed by Anthea had speech problems that vary, ranging from speech development delay to being mute.

The centre’s very own cognitive and speech support therapist had a fruitful time exchanging information and ideas with the Australian expert while working on the children during the three-day assessment period.

For further information about PPSAS, contact: The Administrator Ms K. Regina at Lot 158413, Lorong Bercham 11, Bercham, 31400 Ipoh. Tel.: 05 548 1905 (Ms Susan/Ms Lina). Fax: 05 548 1066. Operating hours: Mon-Fri 8am-1pm & 2pm-4.45pm.

Ed