Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds Need a Very Early Intervention to Not Fall Behind their Peers

- Vulnerable children need help before the age of three or four to not fall behind their peers. Early intervention, focused on language development through learning games and play-based teaching can dramatically improve children's abilities and thereby radically change their schooling, career and lives.

- In a partnership that began in 2011 between the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation, Professor Collette Tayler and Professor Joseph Sparling - who pioneered the famous Abecedarian Project - have been working together to implement the Abecedarian Approcach Austalia (3A) Program in the country.

- It all comes down to the quality of adult-child interactions, Professor Tayler says. “Everyday talk is really important – children need to have many high quality engagements with the adults around them. They need to be exposed to rich vocabulary and to be given the opportunity to have back and forth exchanges.”

 

Professor Colette Tayler with early learners at the Wakathuni 0-5 Chrildren's Centre.

 

 

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