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!

Exciting news – Talkable mobile app in development!

By |2017-03-31T12:13:02+00:00March 31st, 2017|Categories: Talkable mobile app|

Exciting news! Talkable are partnering with students from the School of Engineering and Information Technology at Murdoch University to develop a mobile app. This will be a resource for parents, grandparents and early childhood educators all about how to create the best language learning environment for the little one you care for. The app will [...]

Teaching your child more than one language

By |2017-02-04T05:54:52+00:00February 4th, 2017|Categories: bilingual, language development|

Bilingual Language Development Thinking about teaching your child more than one language can be daunting. That's why I've put together a page full of practical advice and tips about the best way to give your child the gift of learning multiple languages. Check out Talkable's latest page all about bilingual language development. [...]

Starting School

By |2017-01-20T04:17:22+00:00January 19th, 2017|Categories: play ideas, starting school|

Is your little one about to start school? I’ll bet you’re thinking, where have the last four years disappeared to? It’s normal for the transition to school to be a time of apprehension for some kids. Check out these great holiday activities that will help with a smooth transition into the start of the school [...]

Learning speech sounds is tricky

By |2016-12-10T05:51:21+00:00December 10th, 2016|Categories: speech sounds|

I am sure that you will have your camera trained on your little one this Christmas. No doubt you will capture some gorgeous moments, particularly around your child’s use of words and the adorable way they pronounce some of those challenging ones. This cute Christmas video is just another reminder that learning speech sounds is [...]

Screen time alternatives – My top 20 play ideas

By |2016-12-03T12:08:28+00:00November 24th, 2016|Categories: play ideas, toddler talk|

Okay, so you know your little one shouldn’t be glued to the screen, but what should they be doing? Here are twenty play ideas that your little one will love more than their favourite character on TV. Warning this is a messy one! With your little one, mix together greek or vanilla yoghurt and [...]

Top 10 reasons to turn off the screen

By |2016-12-03T12:09:44+00:00November 18th, 2016|Categories: screen time|

Your child's capacity to learn in the years before they start school is phenomenal. Unfortunately screen time and technology can get in the way of this learning. Here are the top ten reasons you should switch off the screen and play with your little one today! Screen time takes away from valuable time that children [...]

AAP revised screen-time viewing guidelines for children under 5

By |2016-12-03T12:02:11+00:00November 7th, 2016|Categories: screen time|

Check out this link from the American Academy of Pediatrics who have revised their guidelines for children's screen-time viewing. http://www.npr.org/…/american-academy-of-pediatrics-lifts-n… In summary: no screen time for children under 18 months (except for live video chats with Nanna!) some limited evidence to show that children between 15 months and 2 years can learn new words from [...]

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