When Lisa Park proposed the idea of singing for children with hearing disabilities, her peers responded with overwhelming enthusiasm.
As a member of the Women’s Voices Chorus, Park and her fellow vocalists will perform Saturday to benefit the Center for Acquisition of Spoken language Through Listening Enrichment (CASTLE), a sub-service of UNC’s School of Medicine.
The center works to improve its patients’ speech and communication skills and empowers parents to act as teachers and participants in their children’s development.
“CASTLE’s role is to provide two things,” said Hannah Eskridge, the center’s program director. “Part of our role is to train specialists and teachers how to help kids listen and speak. The other part of that is a direct services component — the implants and the therapy.”
The center, with its specially trained educators, provides a classroom environment for the children that uses music as a key part of its curriculum.