Ada Noble just wanted to help children who were disabled. She never intended to be the pioneer for which she is known to be in Ontario, Ohio. As a nurse with Central Star Home Health Care for four years, “she is constantly going above and beyond”, said Angelique Buckingham, Office Manager. “She is the type of nurse that companies dream of having on board. Everything she does seems to be for the betterment of her clients rather than her own personal gains”, she concluded.
Her quest to specialize her nursing career was heightened after working with a child who was medically complex with limited eye sight and hearing. She was stumped and saddened by his inability to communicate efficiently with her and his family. “I wanted to learn how to better connect with him so I knew all his needs were being met”, Ms. Noble stated. “At the beginning of our journey we were both experiencing quite a bit of frustration”, she mentioned. Finally, after many trial and error techniques Ada seemed to be gaining ground.
Their communication door widened while she was with her client at the Ohio State University School for Blind and Deaf in Columbus. A faculty member recognized her advanced communication skills and the level of patience she exhibited while working with the boy and suggested she become an Intervener. While researching the program, she stumbled upon an on-line program at Utah State University that could provide her the skillset necessary to break the barrier of communication that was commingled with the boy’s other disabilities. The program provided specialized training in deaf-blindness that prepared students to work as Interveners with individuals who were both deaf and blind. Much like Annie Sullivan did for Helen Keller, an intervener unlocks the world for a deafblind child.
Ada completed the program in 2015 earning an additional associate degree. Since graduating with her new skill set she has dedicated her career to work with clinically complex children with sight and auditory limitations. Ada uses textures, sound and signing on her clients’ hands to communicate. She is able to share some of these specialized techniques with her clients’ parents and her co-workers in order to teach them to better communicate with the children.
Today she is the only degree-prepared Intervener in the Ontario area and Central Star Home Health could not be happier with their Star employee. “The value of her knowledge is unsurmountable and we hope to support other employees who desire to learn similar skills, says Stephen Sternbach, CEO/President of the parent company, Star Multi Care Services. Central Star Home Health provides services to all ages but due to Ms. Noble’s advanced skill level and willingness to train her peers they have become a local leader in the pediatric home health care arena. For information about the services they provide, call 419-756-9449 or visit www.centralstarhomehealth.com.