About Karen

Great to meet you! In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m passionate about early language development and the real difference that every parent can make when it comes to teaching their child to communicate. I’ve been a paediatric speech pathologist for over 14 years, working in both Melbourne and Perth. I currently work part-time for a not-for-profit paediatric therapy organisation in Perth, which I love. My other, and most important job, is being Mum to my beautiful girls, Ella (4) and Chloe (2). When we’re not busy reading books, splashing in puddles or checking the letterbox, I also enjoy taking Oskar (our first and furry baby) for walks, going to the beach and getting out in the veggie patch. I hope that you find the information, videos and tip sheets on this website helpful. If you have any suggestions I’d love to hear from you so send me an email at karen@talkable.org.au. Happy chatting!

Babies love books

By |2021-07-19T05:32:46+00:00July 19th, 2021|Categories: activities, language development, sharing books, talk to your baby|

Why reading aloud to babies is such a gift Reading aloud to your baby provides a fantastic language learning opportunity. It also helps to increase your baby’s concentration and memory. Research shows that reading aloud to your baby each day helps build strong foundations for later-developing reading and writing skills. Try to position [...]

Talkable Tonight

By |2019-02-23T13:49:59+00:00February 23rd, 2019|Categories: help my child talk, language development, parent training|

Live, online support from a Speech Pathologist Launching Talkable Tonight! Talkable tonight is a monthly, FREE, live online session with a speech pathologist aimed at answering your questions about early speech and language development. Held from 7:30 – 8:30 on the second Sunday of every month, this session will cover off [...]

Mindfulness for Parents

By |2019-02-23T13:50:57+00:00February 8th, 2019|Categories: language development, mindfulness|

Practicing mindfulness can help develop your child's language Practicing mindfulness has been a really great tool in helping me connect with my little ones and understand what they are trying to communicate - even when they aren't using words. When we are practicing mindfulness we are: in the present focusing on [...]

March Talkable Program

By |2018-01-21T12:10:14+00:00January 21st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Register for the free March Talkable program now The second Talkable program is starting soon. This is a free program funded through the City of Melville's Project Robin Hood grant scheme.   Project Talkable is all about helping parents, grandparents and early childhood educators who care for a child under three, [...]

Encourage your toddler’s creative play

By |2018-01-02T08:01:08+00:00January 2nd, 2018|Categories: play ideas|

Help your child play by giving them fewer toys! Happy New Year! Can you believe that the holiday season is already over for another year? If your house is anything like ours, it is strewn with a plethora of new toys, gifted to our little ones from well-intentioned grandparents. But do [...]

Our favourite wordless picture books

By |2017-12-07T13:36:57+00:00December 7th, 2017|Categories: sharing books, wordless picture book|

Wordless picture books unlock your child's imagination Ella and I made a wonderful discovery at the library this week with the book Journey by Aaron Becker. This wordless picture book is beautifully illustrated and has really sparked Ella’s imagination. Each time we share it together we notice something new hidden within [...]

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