Symbols help youngsters communicate

Thanh our Speech Pathologist reads ‘Ten little fingers and ten little toes’ by Mem Fox and introduces the concept of rhyme. Join her as she models a rhyming activity and discusses ways to teach rhyme.

Children of all abilities can have fun together in the playground thanks to a new communications board installed by Liverpool Council in Collimore Park.

The board uses symbols and braille to help people who struggle to communicate due to disability, language problems or limited expressive abilities. By pointing to symbols on the board, users are able to show what they would like to do and express how they feel.

The board was developed in collaboration with the Autism Advisory and Support Service and funded by the federal government’s Stronger Communities program following a grant application by Fowler MP Chris Hayes.

Image courtesy of Liverpool Champion: Mayor Wendy Waller (right) with Autism Advisory and Support Service CEO Grace Fava (left) and speech pathologist Thanh Nguyen.

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