Dyslexia SPELD Foundation: BOOST Program
Empowering parents and teachers to support their children’s literacy development and enhance their learning ability.
The Fogarty Foundation continues to work with the Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation supporting the delivery of the powerful BOOST program, teaching parents of children in Kindergarten through to Year Two about how literacy skills develop and how they can help their children learn to read.
Very few children (about 5%) will learn to read effortlessly, just by experimenting with the books they are surrounded by. Parents have a crucial role in developing their child’s literacy skills. Children have the best opportunity to thrive in a home environment, where reading and writing are valued skills and where it is fun and write.
The BOOST program assists parents to learn specific skills to help their children develop their literacy skills, and thereby enhancing their learning ability during school and beyond.
In 2019, the Foundation partnered with Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation to fund the delivery of BOOST into another 4 Fogarty EDvance Network schools, reaching over 300 parents during the three-year partnership. The schools are supported with workshops and take home materials, developing practical strategies and activities to build their children’s literacy skills.
The opportunity to understand the process of encouraging my child to read has been great.
- WORKSHOP: Parents attend 2 half-day workshops guiding them through the important research evidence and background information regarding literacy development. They have a chance to practise the games and strategies and to ask questions. The hands-on workshops provide both practical and enjoyable ideas for developing early literacy skills.
- MATERIALS TO TAKE-HOME: Each participating parent receives a comprehensive resource kit to support home literacy development as well as an instructional DVD and booklets containing additional information, activities and tips.