Colleagues @ The Heart of Literacy
Colleagues @is a 3/4 day-long seminar exploring the potential for students’ language and literacy advancement through whole-class interventions and expanded collaboration between educators and speech pathologists. It will take place in Hobart on Friday 21st June.
Communicating: The Heart of Literacy
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Just sentences are about human rights, dignity, amelioration, restoration and redemption – to create safe, fair, just society,
This paper, Just Sentences: Human rights to enable participation and equity for prisoners and all, published in a special edition of the International Journal of Speech Language Pathology by Taylor & Francis Online, discusses our project, Just Sentences, and links language and literacy to human rights and equity.
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this year, 2018, speech pathologists are lifting their voices to call for communication to be recognised as a basic human right. Communication skills are the pillars which fundamentally enable the UDHR’s Article 19: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression.”
Chatter Matters Tasmania’s Just Sentences project is honoured to contribute to this call.
Chatter Matters changes lives by building skills for positive communication.
We assist with the important attachment between incarcerated parents and their children.
We teach reading and communication skills to men and women in prison and in community.
We show it’s never too early or too late for people to discover the joy of reading and writing.
We build awareness of the power contained within communication skills.
Positive communication is the key to healthy and successful lives.
It provides us the way to join in.
It is the voice in ‘having a voice’.
And the freedom in ‘freedom of speech’.
And most importantly, communication is the doorway to positive relationships, education, and employment.
Too often they feel “stupid”; self-esteem around their ankles. Their vocabularies are weak and they can’t express themselves. They often get frustrated and end up taking an oppositional stance toward authority. Or they passively withdraw and make themselves small. They might wear themselves out in hard-labour jobs, which are the only jobs they can get. If they get a job at all. Or they drift into a life of crime.
The consequences of poor communication skills are grave for them. And for society.”
Rosalie Martin, Speech Pathologist, Criminologist and Tasmanian Australian of the Year 2017.