A JOONDALUP kindergarten has received 11 new books to help with oral language development.
Inge Gaudin, who owns Viva Speech Pathology, was recently one of the judges for the Speech Pathology Australia’s Book of the Year Awards, judging the 3-5 years category.
She was then able to donate the 11 shortlisted books to a community organisation.
She said she chose the Joondalup Family Centre’s threes-plus program because it was not government-funded.
“They rely solely on fees and fundraising to provide the kindy and have an excellent management committee made up of volunteers from within our community,” she said.
“The kindy operates right next to the Viva Speech Pathology clinic, in the same centre, so donating the books to them was a way to assist those in our immediate community and to promote awareness in the community of how reading impacts speech, language and literacy skills.”
Ms Gaudin said the books would enhance the early reading experiences of the children, develop pre-literacy skills and help them learn new sentence structures and vocabulary skills.
“Regular reading experiences also help to develop a child’s comprehension skills,” she said. “As parents point out pictures and discuss them, parents make language concrete and easier to understand.
“When children enjoy reading and have a favourite book, they obtain more repetition of new words and sentences.
“Having access to a wide range of interesting and appeal-|ing books also helps children to develop a love of reading.”