Welcome to BOOST Literacy

“Providing fences at the top of the cliff in preference to ambulances at the bottom” 

Ken Rowe, Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville 2004

This is the underlying philosophy behind the Early Intervention approach of BOOST Literacy.

Hi, I’m Ali, founder of BOOST Literacy. I LOVE working with proactive parents like YOU !!

I can help to transform your child’s struggle with reading and spelling and build a fence to reduce the risk of needing an ‘ambulance’ down the track. 

Proactive parents like you are looking for the best, most efficient solutions for your child. You want to notice progress in place of the daily struggle with readers and sight words and see your child’s face light up at being able to easily read and write for pleasure.

 I’ve been through the disbelief and exasperation when my child couldn’t remember a particular word from one page of the reader to the next, or constantly misread ‘the’ instead of ‘and’. I’ve stuck sticky notes of sight words all around the house. I even devised a game of placing the sight words under the trampoline so my son could do a handstand and see it!! I was almost turning cartwheels but with no progress. 

I’m a natural problem solver and as a secondary teacher and school counsellor I had seen enough disengaged Year 9 boys to know that this was where my son was heading. School reluctance in Year 1 confirmed that we were on a slippery slope to nowhere and I was the one who needed to come up with the solution.

I HAVE walked the walk and I am shouting out to all the mums who have Reception and Year 1 children who are not moving forward in their learning journey. Maybe a recent parent teacher interview has confirmed your concerns or the ‘wait and see’ tactic is becoming ‘wait and fail’. Like mine, your child may be becoming anxious and resistant to going to school or finding every excuse to avoid reading and books. Your gut has begun to scream that things are not OK but you don’t know WHERE to look or HOW to start to fix the problem.

BOOST Literacy provides parents like you with relevant and current information about the process of learning to read and spell. I will help you to understand what is going on for your child and how you can help them at home. I will show you the strategies to achieve the skills your child so desperately needs. As is implied with Early Intervention, starting the ‘fix’ earlier rather than later is key.

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How do I know what you and your child need?

 

I have walked the walk. I can remember feeling frustrated and confused. Angry, anxious and overwhelmed over my son’s lack of progress at school and feeling very alone to top it off. I have negotiated the ‘system’ as an advocate for my son. I have done the research, completed the training and lead my child and others to freedom through strong literacy skills. I have found solutions and I’d love to work with you and share these solutions to BOOST your child’s reading and spelling capability.


 What parents say about a BOOST Literacy Transformation:

“Very soon after starting to work with us, Ali transformed what would have otherwise been a very worrying situation into one of hope and possibility.”

Mum of Freddie (5yrs)

“We have noticed vast changes in our daughter, specifically in her learning, but also in her confidence, social relationships and how she engages with her environment”. Working with Ali has set her on a really hopeful path.”

                                                                                                  Mum of Gracie (6 yrs)

 “Daniel has grown in confidence since we started working with Ali. He is also starting to notice signs and words that he sees when we are out and about. This never happened before.”

                                                                                                  Mum of Daniel (5 yrs)

 “Ali has a particular gift for using her intuition in communication, being able to understand where children and parents are at in both the process and content of their learning and pitching her intervention at just the right level”.

                                                                                                  Mum of Freddie (5yrs)

 

BOOST Literacy specialises in an early intervention approach by building capacity in phonemic awareness and applied phonics skills for learners in the early years. 

BOOST Literacy is committed to ensuring that each child has the opportunity to reach their academic potential through the development of strong core skills in literacy. 

Competence in reading, spelling and writing lead to BOOSTED self esteem and a BOOSTED sense of hope in a positive future.

CF2A1227BOOST Literacy is also a provider for JIAS Music Therapy (Johansen Individualised Auditory Stimulation). Kjeld Johansen and Christian Volf built on the work of Tomatis who suggested that we have an optimal auditory profile which allows us to function most effectively in our world. JIAS acknowledges the far reaching impact that our language processing centre has on our overall functioning. This therapy utilises the power of  specific frequencies of sounds in music to rewire inefficient neurological wiring. 

The child listens to the tracks of specially created music for 10 minutes a day, 6 days a week. Bedtime is an ideal time to listen to this music as it is calming and soothing and can help settle children for sleep. 

JIAS can be beneficial for the following difficulties:

  • Hypersensitivity to loud or particular sounds / noises  

  • Expressive Language (speaking)

  • Speech Sounds (pronunciation of speech sounds)

  • Receptive Language (understanding of language)

  • Auditory Processing/ listening

  • Phonological awareness (awareness of speech sounds)

  • Reading and Spelling

  • Written Language (dyslexia)

  • Dyspraxia

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Understanding and remembering information and instructions

  • Concentration and focus

  • Self confidence and self esteem

  • Behaviour – when it may be due to poor communication skills 

  • Skills in Social interaction