New Noah’s Ark Story Time Initiative

Noah’s Ark Toy Library commenced ‘Story Time’ in February, a new initiative aimed at children with disabilities and additional needs to help them learn, encourage listening, develop social skills and promote play.

Hosted by Early Childhood Teacher and Noah’s Ark new Team Coordinator, Susan Glasson, and Occupational Therapist, Shirley McInnes, Story Time includes a themed story, song and short activity.

As well as connecting families and being a bit of fun, the sessions promote invaluable skills such as listening and concentration for the children; language development strategies to encourage communication; socialisation; activity ideas; and child development and local resource information for parents.

While the themes of Story Time will change each week, the one consistency will be ‘Hoppy’, a rabbit puppet, who will encourage the children to communicate in a range of ways.

Susan, who has more than 20 years experience working in services for children, said the role of language and literacy in every child’s development is important.

“All children, including those who may not be able to speak, benefit from exposure to books and reading to help them develop their understanding of concepts and the place of words in communication.

“The wonderful experience of sharing a story provides meaningful interactions between the child, their parents, the story teller and other children in the room. It also helps children make connections between their own experiences and what happens in the story.”

“We hope many families will join us at the Library for these great new Story Time sessions.”

Story Time Event Details

Date/Time:  Every Tuesday during school term at 10am

Venue:  Noah’s Ark Toy Library, 5a Bookham Street, Morley

Cost:  Free

Further info:  Contact (08) 9328 1598

Noah’s Ark WA provides specialised toys, resources and support to assist children with disabilities and additional needs to meet their full potential. Find further info @ www.noahsarkwa.org.au.

The ILC welcomed Noah’s Ark WA as a new program of the organisation in July 2013.

Welcome to new Team Coordinator

Susan photoIn December 2013 Noah’s Ark WA welcomed Susan Glasson as the new Team Coordinator for the Toy Library and specialist service for children with disabilities and additional needs.

Susan is an early childhood teacher with more than 20 years experience working in services for children and their families.

Susan said she is “delighted to be part of such a valuable service for our future generations” and encourages feedback or comments about the Noah’s Ark services by phoning 9328 1598 or emailing susan.glasson@noahsarkwa.org.au