Lynbrook PBA donates ‘communication board’ to school playground

The board helps children who have difficulty speaking to communicate with others.

Cecilia Dowd

Apr 13, 2024, 10:13 AM

Updated 36 days ago

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The playground at West End Elementary School in Lynbrook now has a communication board.
The board helps children who have difficulty speaking to communicate with others.
It has pictures with words, including “hello” “ball” and “blacktop."
Children can point to each image to express feelings and what they want to do.
Four-and-a-half-year-old Cosette Farr is speech and language impaired.
Her mom, Tessa Farr, says the board isn’t only a helpful tool for children who are speech impaired. She says it’s a great learning tool for all kids.
"We used to cry a lot because we felt so hopeless that she didn’t have those words and she wasn’t able to learn them as quickly as her peers and now things like this... it just gives us hope," says Farr.
Lynbrook PBA President Anthony Falsitta said the PBA found out that Lynbrook SEPTA was looking to raise money for communication boards at playgrounds in the village.
The PBA decided to pay for the West End Elementary School board, which cost a few thousand dollars, and donated it to the school. The ribbon-cutting was held in March.


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