Speech Pathology Services

Learn2Communicate

Learn2Communicate works in partnership with Parents and Educators to nurture the speech, language and communication skills of all children.

We do this by delivering outstanding speech pathology services, providing a range of learning opportunities for parents and educators, and developing resources to improve the lives of children with speech, language and communication disorders.

We work alongside parents and educators to ensure that children and students of all ages enjoy therapy, make great progress and ultimately become effective communicators. A collaborative approach between parents, therapists and educators is essential if children are to succeed. We help children with all aspects of oral and written communication including those with disabilities and those who wish to improve their reading and spelling abilities. Our services are of the highest quality and reflect current best practice. Our clinicians each have several years of experience and are regularly engaged in ongoing professional development to ensure that the services we provide yield positive results for our clients.

In addition to our speech pathology services, Learn2Communicate offers a wide range of professional development opportunities for parents and educators to build capacity, knowledge and skills in supporting children with communication disorders. Our growing range of books and games has been developed to support parents and educators in their endeavours to see children who struggle with communication become effective communicators.

Learn2Communicate’s range of services, resources and workshops for parents and educators ensure that no child is left behind and that all children are given the opportunity to develop effective speech, language and communication skills.

We are registered providers for the NDIS and offer services within our clinics, at preschools and schools. Telehealth services using Zoom are also available. Our practice locations are in Cowra and Orange NSW however our Telehealth services using Zoom mean that we can provide you with a service anywhere across Australia.

Karen Trengove (Founder and Director of Learn2Communicate) has over 25 years of speech pathology experience and launched Learn2Communicate in 2012.

Karen is determined to never stop learning, to recruit and support amazing Speech Pathologists and Allied Health Assistants, and to provide families with personalised speech pathology services that are of the highest quality. She and her colleagues work alongside parents and educators in partnership to significantly improve the lives of as many children who struggle with speech, language and communication as possible.

Info for Parents

Speech Pathology

Learn2Communicate Speech Pathology has been well established and highly regarded across the Central West of NSW since 2012.

Our speech pathologists are committed and determined each and every day to making a meaningful and significant contribution to the lives of children and families in our care. Our services are of the highest quality and are provided in a nurturing, fun and caring manner. Services are provided in Orange and Cowra NSW as well as via Telehealth using Zoom.

Karen Trengove (Director) has also published several resource texts for educators and regularly travels throughout Australia delivering workshops for parents and educators.

Getting Started

FAQs

You do not need a doctor’s referral to access speech pathology services with Learn2Communicate. Limited Medicare Rebates are available however for some children who are referred by their doctor as part of a GP Care Plan. This possibility should be discussed with your family doctor. Referrals are also welcome from doctors should they have relevant medical and/or developmental information to share with your consent about your child or wish to collaborate in service planning to assist your child.
  1. Phone Karen Trengove (Speech Pathologist) on 0458 413051 or email to discuss the concerns you have regarding your child. Karen or our Practice Manager will ask you several questions to determine if Learn2Communicate is the best service to meet your needs.
  2. A date for an initial appointment will be organised. The length of your child’s initial appointment will depend upon your child’s age and needs. This will be discussed with you by Karen.
  3. At your child’s initial appointment (conducted either face to face or via Zoom) a thorough case history will be collected. Your child will then be involved in a range of formal and informal assessment tasks designed to evaluate your child’s developmental strengths as well as challenges. Tasks are specifically chosen to ensure that your child feels comfortable and relaxed with the speech pathologist. Information is also sought from your child’s early childhood educator, teacher and any other treating health professional at this stage.
  4. If your child has an NDIS plan, we will develop a Service Agreement for you that outlines what we will provide and your rights and responsibilities as an NDIS Participant accessing our services.
  5. A report is then compiled for you. This report outlines the assessment findings as well as recommendations.
  6. Intervention / Therapy – Should therapy be indicated for your child, this will be discussed with you along with various arrangements for funding and a suitable therapist. Therapy is provided within our clinics (Orange and Cowra NSW), via Telehealth u, or may be provided within your child’s school or early childhood setting. Home visits are also available upon request. Intervention may be weekly or less frequently with comprehensive home programmes provided. The standard appointment time for therapy is 45 minutes however shorter and longer appointments are available upon request and discussion with the treating speech pathologist.
  7. Review – Following a period of intervention (usually following 1 school term), your child’s progress will be reviewed so that goals can be revised. This also gives parents and teachers the opportunity to be involved in deciding upon future directions for your child.

Please refer to our fees page for more information.

At your child’s initial appointment (conducted either face to face or via Skype) a thorough case history will be collected. Your child will then be involved in a range of formal and informal assessment tasks designed to evaluate your child’s developmental strengths as well as challenges. Tasks are specifically chosen to ensure that your child feels comfortable and relaxed with the speech pathologist. Information is also sought from your child’s early childhood educator, teacher and any other treating health professional at this stage.
We work alongside Parents and Educators to ensure that children and students of all ages enjoy therapy, make great progress and ultimately become effective communicators. A collaborative approach between parents, therapists and educators is essential if children are to succeed. We help children with all aspects of oral and written communication including those with disabilities and those who wish to improve their reading and spelling abilities. Our services are of the highest quality and reflect current best practice. Our clinicians each have several years of experience and are regularly engaged in ongoing professional development to ensure that the services we provide yield positive results for our clients.

In addition to our speech pathology services, Learn2Communicate offers a wide range of professional development opportunities for Parents and Educators to build capacity, knowledge and skills in supporting children with communication disorders.

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TBA

Learn2Communicate is NDIS Registered to provide Speech Pathology Therapeutic Supports to individuals over the age of 7 years. We can also provide services for children and adults of all ages whose NDIS plans are either Plan or Self Managed

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Info for Educators

The ability to communicate effectively is the most important skill we will develop in a life time. Communication enables our true participation in society and is what connects us to others.

Sadly up to 20% of children start school with difficulties in speech and/or language with many of these children then struggling to develop peer relationships, literacy and learning.

Speech Pathology

Sadly up to 20% of children start school with difficulties in speech and/or language with many of these children then struggling to develop peer relationships, literacy and learning.

Our services are of the highest quality and are provided in a nurturing, fun and caring manner. Services are provided in Orange and Cowra NSW as well as via Telehealth using Skype and screen sharing technology.

Parents are often concerned about their child’s development but don’t know where or who to go to for help. A child’s Educator is often the first port of call for parents. It is of vital importance that Educators have the knowledge, tools and skills at their fingertips to provide Parents with accurate information and advice regarding speech and language development. Early Intervention is crucial.

Learn2Communicate has developed a range of user friendly, practical resources that educators can use to assist in identifying, referring and nurturing the communication skills of children in their care. Karen Trengove (Speech Pathologist and Director – Learn2Communicate) provides regular workshops around Australia for educators that accompany these resources. Each workshop aims to build capacity within educators to work successfully with children who have speech, language and learning challenges.

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Our Speech Pathologists

Our speech pathologists pride themselves on providing high quality, evidenced based services for children and families.

KAREN TRENGOVE

PRINCIPAL SPEECH PATHOLOGIST

(B.App.Sc.Speech Pathology. Hons)

SARAH PHILPOTT

SPEECH PATHOLOGIST

(B.Health.Sc. Speech Pathology)

ROBYN PARKER

SPEECH PATHOLOGIST

STEPHANIE GIBB

SPEECH PATHOLOGIST

EMILY DAVIES

SPEECH PATHOLOGIST

AMY TIERNEY

SPEECH PATHOLOGIST

Career Opportunities

Learn2Communicate welcomes enquiries from speech pathologists and allied health assistants who are keen to join our specialist team.

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NDIS

Learn2Communicate provides services for children who have NDIS plans.

We can provide services for children aged up to the age of 18 years whose NDIS plans are either Plan or Self-Managed.

We look forward to working closely with you over the coming weeks and months to develop a programme of activities and schedule of supports that will assist your child to participate in their community with greater success and independence.

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Interesting Facts

The ability to communicate is the most important skill we will develop in our lifetime.

Communication disorders can effect behaviour

If children with communication disorders are not identified as early as possible and supported, they often become very frustrated and angry or passive and shy.

Most children with communication disorders look just like other children and are just as clever and this makes the identification of communication disorders often difficult and complex.

These children are at high risk of not achieving a positive transition to school, having social difficulties with their peers, and struggling to learn the basics of reading and writing.

15% of Australian kids have communication development issues

In Australia, up to 15% of children have some sort of difficulty in developing communication skills. Unfortunately many of these children do not obtain the help they need.

Most children with communication disorders look just like other children and are just as clever and this makes the identification of communication disorders often difficult and complex. These children often go unnoticed or have their communication problems mistaken for something else such as behavioural difficulties.

Contact

Learn2Communicate email is checked twice daily and responded to, wherever possible, within 24 hours

Karen may be contacted by phone, however she may not always be available to answer your phone calls immediately.

Locations

Learn2Communicate Speech Pathology was established in Central West NSW in 2012.

Cowra

20 Vaux St
Cowra NSW 2794

02 6341 1610 or 0458 413 051

Orange

262 Anson Street
Orange NSW 2800

02 6360 4425 or 0458 413 051