While working as Speech Pathologists, we increasingly saw and heard from kindergarten teachers that children were starting school without the necessary skills to learn to read.
We know that children with phonological awareness will have improved success learning to read. This in turn can have powerful, positive effects on outcomes through their life.
In partnership with educators, we developed Sounds good to me and delivered a series of sell-out workshops.
Sounds good to me is now an online course for educators to promote and teach phonological awareness skills in the early childhood and school settings.
This course will equip you with the skills and resources to teach phonological awareness using fun and engaging activities in your centre and is aligned with the Australian Early Years Framework, Te Whariki- Early Children Curriculum in New Zealand and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework in the United Kingdom.
Join us is giving our children the very best chance of success in life and become part of the Sounds good to me community.
Linda Foskey, CPSP
Linda is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist at HealthWISE from Inverell NSW, Australia. She has lived and worked in rural NSW for over 30 years and worked as a pediatric speech pathologist in private practice and early intervention, disability and learning difficulties services over this time.
As well as her degree in Speech Pathology, Linda also holds a Bachelor of Education and a Graduate Diploma of Health Management. She completed research focusing on phonological awareness intervention for students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, hence her interest and participation in the development of Sounds good to me.
Anne Williams, CPSP
Anne Williams is a Speech Pathologist and manager at HealthWISE and has lived and worked in rural New South Wales, Australia since 1993.
Anne has a keen interest in preventative health and the social determinants of health including health literacy. The Sounds good to me program grew out of this interest. Anne wants to ensure that all children have the opportunity to start school with the skills and experience they need to learn to read. Anne worked closely with early childhood educators to develop the program.
Linda and Anne have been delivering workshops on Sounds good to me in rural NSW since 2014. They presented the Sounds good to me pilot program at conferences including the Speech Pathology Australia Conference (2015) and the Rural Health and Research Congress (2015).
The Sounds good to me online course was developed by New England North West Health Ltd (trading as HealthWISE New England North West) to meet a locally identified need.
We are an Australian not-for-profit, purpose-driven organization with a vision of healthy communities. Learn more about us at www.healthwise.org.au.
We deliver a wide range of primary health services including allied health, mental health, Aboriginal health and nursing services in rural and regional North West NSW and South Eastern QLD in Australia.