World Pediatric Project (WPP) continues to collaborate with the Ministry of Health, Wellness
and the Environment to enhance the quality of care given to assist our children and families here.
The current focus is the Speech and Language Therapy Mission, ongoing at the Helping Hand
Center in New Montrose. The mission commenced on May 14 th and ran through to the 18 th . Dr.
Miriam Kerr, the mission leader and her team were supported by our very own pediatric
neurologist Dr. Mishka Duncan-Adams. The team is made up of a number of speech pathologist
with varied specializations, including Miriam Kerr – Cleft Lip and Palate Specialist, Melissa
Ruge – Autism Behavior Specialist, Wendi McMillan – Augmented Communication and Non-
Verbal Specialist and Perry Flynn – Language Articulation Specialist. Also accompanying the
team is WPP’s Managing Director of Emerging Opportunities, Ross Silkman.
With this being WPP’s fourth mission for the year, it takes a different approach from the previous
three surgical teams. This team concerns itself with problems of vocal challenges, speech delays,
articulation, behavioral and adjustment issues. It also addresses cleft lip and palate concerns
including follow-up therapy, as well as children with speech delays or non-verbal
communication attributable to autism.
It is enlightening to see that close to one hundred children have been seen at this mission and
given the support they need. An important role in helping our families access the care that is
needed for their children, especially as a community, is to advocate strongly against the stigma
and discrimination towards our children who may have disabilities or health conditions beyond
We encourage our parents, whose children may need that special support, to reach out to us at
WPP or to Dr. Mishka Duncan-Adams at the Milton Cato Hospital to get on to the program.
WPP continues to mobilize diagnostic and surgical teams to heal children who lack access to
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special pediatric care through our network of partner hospitals locally, regionally and
internationally. WPP remains in gratitude to the media for their continued support in highlighting
the work being done to aid our children and improve their quality of life. The work of WPP and
its impact can be followed at www.worldpediatricproject.org or contact us at 784-451-2989.