The Wise Words materials have been created by Suzy Marshall, a certified practicing speech pathologist of more than 20 years experience. Suzy trained and worked in London before moving to Sydney, Australia in 1980, where she continues to work in community health whilst running a busy private practice. She developed the Wise Words programs based on her extensive experience.

Suzy has been using Marion Blank’s framework of classroom discourse for many years. The Wise Words materials grew from a need for specific programs that could be complemented by the Blank Model. Suzy has designed programs which offer speech pathologists, parents and teachers new tools to address the needs of children with speech and language difficulties. The Blank Model provides a framework for adults to adjust their discourse so that the child learns from the interaction and can build upon this level of interaction.

The Wise Words Language Programs were developed over a number of years of working with children experiencing speech and language difficulties. They have been modified, refined and used successfully with many children attending speech therapy.

The Wise Words Screening Tool has been developed in 2016.  This simple test, based on the Blank’s Model of Classroom Language (Blank, Rose & Berlin 1978), offers teachers and clinicians a screening tool which is quick and easy to administer. The pictures in the book ‘Spot Bakes a Cake’ provide the stimulus for the questions.  A range of questions/instructions represent all four levels of Blank’s model.  This simple screening tool can be used to plan goals for children and will monitor a child’s progress over time.

The Wise Words Articulation Programs are a recent addition to the Wise Words product range. These programs have been designed to target sounds in an enjoyable and rewarding manner. The programs for voiced and voiceless ‘th', 's', 'r' and the vowel sounds ‘ir’ and ‘eh’ are available.

Wise Words Australia launched at the Speech Pathology Australia Conference in Darwin 2011 and was received with positive peer endorsement.


            SPA Canberra 2015                                              SPA Perth 2016 


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PO Box 232, Hunters Hill, NSW 2110           phone Australia (02) 9817 5628
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email: suzy@wisewordsaustralia.com.au