2 March 2017 HealthWISE donates Speech Pathology Books of the Year

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards promote quality Australian children’s literature, the role of Speech Pathologists in language and literacy development, and a love of learning from books. Each year the Speech Pathologists at HealthWISE in Wee Waa, Boggabri and Inverell support these awards locally as they understand the strong link between speaking, understanding words and the ability to read. Annually, the HealthWISE Speech Pathologists donate books promoting good language and literacy skills amongst children. These books are donated to the local libraries, primary schools, preschools and long day cares. Speech Pathologists understand the link between language, speech and reading. Anna Haire, the HealthWISE Speech Pathologist in Wee Waa says that, “We are in a unique position to recommend books to parents and teachers.”
“Sadly, those with poor literacy skills will find it harder to get an education, find a job, and take part in our society. Literacy is a vital and fundamental life skill.” said Kylie Toynton, HealthWISE Speech Pathologist in Boggabri. Kay Crabbe is a children’s author who won a Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award at the end of 2016. She began her writing career with feature articles for newspapers and magazines before moving into educational material for children. Her works include fiction and non-fiction books, comprehension texts and school magazine articles. Kay’s interest in literacy was fostered during her 26 year career working with reluctant readers in primary classrooms and prompts her to write in an easy to read style. “I am honoured to have won an Indigenous Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award” said Kay Crabbe. “As an author I understand the important link between reading, word comprehension and good oral language for children.” “I love that more and more books are being created with Indigenous content. It gives meaning and a sense of ownership to their education. This further engages young readers, which may lead to greater education, better jobs and further confidence in today’s society. Literacy is a vital and fundamental life skill.”
Keep an eye out for the books donated by HealthWISE in preschools, schools and libraries in Wee Waa, Boggabri and Inverell.

Picture caption: Anna Haire (HealthWISE Speech Pathologist), Jessica Lennon, Dan Haire, Lori Thorne and Percy Hayes from St Joseph’s Primary School.