We are a young, charitable organisation with focus upon building awareness and skill in human communication. This means language, literacy and positive relatedness – the foundations of progress and human wholeness. Our goals are to kindly and effectively bring evidence-based and practical programs to population groups and individuals who have been disadvantaged in developing these skills, for whatever reason.
Chatter Matters Tasmania is greatly graced by the goodwill of Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AM Governor of Tasmania who has generously afforded us her patronage. Our gratitude is with her, and her Office.
Rosie named Tasmanian Australian of the Year for 2017We are so honoured for our founder Rosie Martin to have been named Tasmanian Australian of the Year for 2017 from amongst a wonderful group of Tasmanian finalists.
We are thrilled about the incredible opportunity this honour provides in directing some public attention towards the important work of our prison literacy project Just Sentences, and the role that speech pathology has in justice and social equity.
Positive connection and open communication is so important for us as individuals and as a society. Connection is the powerhouse of human agency. It is fuel for children's development, the foundation of our very health, stimulator of desistance from crime, and source of transformation. It is to see the intrinsic value in an‘other’ (we are all 'others'). Kind communication matters. Connection matters. And much of it.
Rosie is greatly honoured and encouraged to receive this award; and is grateful for the kind, generous and affirming words received in response.
Congratulations to all of the other finalists and nominees.
Chatter Matters projects
The Just Sentences pilot project is bringing specialised speech pathology support to the literacy programs of a small number of functionally illiterate inmates within the Tasmanian Prison Service. You can read about the enormous difference it made to two inmates in the full report.
We think the results of this report are really important. Life can be dice. A different roll or a different splash of the genetic soup, born into a different family or community, and any of us – you, me, the people we love – could have had a life of being unable to read, stuck in a path of poverty, crime and imprisonment. The report shows that with the right kind of extra support, many lives which are currently warehoused... (pause for gravitas)... could be transformed. After all... adults who have not learned to read are the grown-up versions of our society’s children who struggle to learn at school. We know they need specialist help when they are children – and they still need specialist help as adults. The good news is that they can make quite stunningly quick progress when they get that specialist help.
Importantly, the Just Sentences project also made a difference within the professional learning of those who teach literacy at the prison - and then further led to our speech pathologist, Rosie Martin, providing professional learnings for those who teach adult literacy across the state of Tasmania. Such multi-disciplinary collaboration is exciting development toward change and continuous improvement which follows the evidence.
It’s because their specialist knowledge is in the acquisition of language, and in the processing and production of speech sounds – and... after all...
And at this point it is worth reiterating that, wonderfully, adults can respond quite quickly when they receive specialist help. Rosie Martin has been supporting another project in adult literacy...
The quick heads-up on what we saw when we used the speech sounds as the starting point to learn the written code, is that functionally illiterate adult learners turn their skills around in just four months. A fantastic result, a fantastic project, and a fabulously necessary foundation from which to benefit more people whose lives have been disadvantaged by illiteracy. Read the report here.
Fortifying, undergirding, strengthening-of-all-things love. And specifically, how the bond of love and positive emotion which forms the basis of secure attachment between parent and child gifts that child’s life with mental wellbeing, relationship which grows language and social communication and from there, on into literacy – and beyond into wisdom.
The Just Time project brought the well-respected and well-researched Circle of Security Parent DVD Program® to the mums of the Mary Hutchinson Women’s Prison. The Circle of Security teaches the processes of parent-child attachment using a simple graphic, powerful metaphors and reflective dialogue within a small group. You can read the full report right here. It contains many verbatim quotes from the participating mums. Stuff of authenticity and vulnerability. They are all to be honoured and greatly commended.
One of our facilitators, Sarah Kay, said this about the program:
Simple. Effective. Works.
With benefits for all families. Yours and mine included.
We are also delighted to share that we will be able to continue Just Time in the coming year.