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15 June 2012 13,205 views No Comment

Cora Barclay Centre & Dymocks Adelaide PosterRight through June, you have the opportunity to support the important work of the Cora Barclay Centre in North Adelaide. Just visit Dymocks Adelaide, at 135 Rundle Mall, and purchase a book to donate to the centre’s library.

When you buy a book to donate (at 10% off, courtesy of Dymocks Adelaide) you can also purchase one children’s book for yourself at the same discounted price!

The Cora Barclay Centre provides family centred auditory-verbal therapy for children who are deaf or hearing impaired and wear hearing aids, cochlear implants or other listening devices, and books play an integral role in their program.

Rachael Ward, one of the auditory-verbal therapists at the centre explained that developing a love of books early on enhances the children’s listening and language development and ultimately their literacy skills.

“We recommend that our families read ten books every day with their child,” she said. “Families can borrow from our library to ensure that their children experience books on different themes. This helps our children build their vocabulary for animals, space, dinosaurs, seasons, emotions, countries… the list goes on and on.”

The library is one of the most used spaces in the Cora Barclay Centre and they constantly need new books for their shelves.

The Cora Barclay Centre has provided Dymocks Adelaide with a list of books their therapists would love to have in the library, but any books for young readers from infancy to six years will be gratefully received!

The books will be presented at the opening of the extended and refurbished centre at 185 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, in a date in August to be confirmed.

Dymocks AdelaideMarion Hunter from the Children’s Department at Dymocks Adelaide is very happy to have the bookstore involved.

“I think it is an awesome cause and I really like to help out with local causes,” she said. “Children’s books and reading are a passion of mine, so to help and raise awareness with parents and kids alike is fantastic. The Cora Barclay Centre does such an amazing job and many of our kids simply take their hearing for granted.”

So far, Marion has managed to get special donations from Scholastic and Walker Books and some of the Dymocks Adelaide staff have decided to donate some books too!

Drop into Dymocks Adelade at 135 Rundle Mall and talk to the friendly experienced staff about what you would like to donate.

For updates on progress of this charity book drive, follow @corabarclaysa and @DymocksAdelaide on Twitter.

You can also find details on the Cora Barclay Centre’s programs at www.corabarclay.com.au and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/corabarclaycentre.


Cora Barclay LogoAbout the Cora Barclay Centre

The Cora Barclay Centre provides family centred Auditory-Verbal Therapy for children who are deaf or hearing impaired and wear hearing aids, cochlear implants or other listening devices. Early intervention practitioners have specialist qualifications in early childhood development and family centred practice. Therapists work collaboratively with parents, guiding them to facilitate their child’s audition, speech and language development.

Although our Early Intervention Program (0-6 years) is the largest part of our service, we continue to provide services for many children throughout school and into our young adult program.

Over the last few years the demand on our services have increased greatly and to make sure that we are able to continue to provide services to as many families as possible we are currently undertaking a renovation and extension of our premises in North Adelaide. The renovation will give us new therapy space, as well as upgraded, family friendly group areas.

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