Play N’ Say
Genacross Lutheran Services – Holland, Ohio
- Emerging Leader: Leigh Carr
- Grant Program: Emerging Leader
- Amount of Grant: $10,000
- Dates of Grant Term: August 2017 – August 2019
Leigh Carr holds a Master of Communication Sciences and Disorders from Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. As a licensed Speech Language Pathologist, she has been working with the pediatric population since 2011. She came to Genacross Lutheran Services, Holland, Ohio, with a passion for working with pediatrics after having started a cash-based program for children in need of speech therapy due to stuttering in a previous position. When Leigh joined the staff at Genacross, she not only had the experience to create a similar program, but also had the ingenuity to blend inter-generational elements into play-based group therapy sessions that benefit both seniors and the children.
Genacross began as an orphanage in 1862 and, by the turn of the century, the home was also caring for the elderly. In a commitment to care for people in all stages of their life’s journey, outpatient speech therapy services for preschool-aged children with speech-language delays will be developed. Their mission is to create a group language-based summer session using play to improve receptive and expressive language abilities for the children in the community while at the same time improving the quality of life for residents in the assisted living facility through interaction with children.