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Beresford and Geraldton Foreshore playground installs communication boards for people with speech difficulties

Jessica MoroneyGeraldton Guardian
Mayor Shane Van Styn, Rocky Bay speech pathologist Jessica Morrison, Rocky Bay clinical operations manager Jasmeet Flora-Drage, CGG’s Pavlina Heiderova and CGG’s Peter Treharne with one of the communication boards.
Camera IconMayor Shane Van Styn, Rocky Bay speech pathologist Jessica Morrison, Rocky Bay clinical operations manager Jasmeet Flora-Drage, CGG’s Pavlina Heiderova and CGG’s Peter Treharne with one of the communication boards. Credit: City of Greater Geraldton

In a bid to create an inclusive environment, communication boards have been installed at two local playgrounds, colourfully helping individuals with speech difficulties express their feelings.

The board, consisting of 60 words with symbols, aims to help children with speaking difficulties get their feelings across, while helping others better understand. Two boards have been installed so far at Beresford and Geraldton Foreshore playgrounds, with more to be added further on.

The joint initiative between the City of Greater Geraldton and Rocky Bay aims to increase social skills, aid language development and ensure fun and safety in the playground.

Mayor Shane Van Styn said he welcomed the new communication tools, and thanked Rocky Bay for helping to promote an inclusive environment.

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“These vibrant signs display symbols to help youngsters express themselves non-verbally, which will allow everyone to have a fun and safe time in our playgrounds,” he said.

Rocky Bay clinical operations manager Jasmeet Flora-Drage said the boards raised awareness of communication difficulties as well as support for understanding, expression and making new friends.

“I am proud to be a part of an organisation that can support us with providing accessible communication to the community,” she said.

“I hope the communication boards are a step forward to a more inclusive community in the Mid West.”

The move is part of the City’s Disability Access and Inclusion plan, available on their website.

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