MORE than 1.2 million Australians have difficulty communicating.
Speech pathologists such as Learn2communicate Karen Trengove seek to help these people communicate with confidence.
Karen launched Learn2Communicate in Cowra and Orange in 2012.
"Initially this involved a range of published resource books and workshops for educators and one day/week of face-to-face speech pathology services for children," Karen said.
Since then Learn2Communicate has grown rapidly.
The team consists of five speech pathologists, two allied health assistants and an office manager working across both clinics in the Central West.
Speech pathologists assess and treat impairments of communication in individuals of all ages.
They support significant others to develop capacity in supporting the communication skills of those for whom they care.
Communication challenges include speech sound disorders, late talking toddlers, communication difficulties associated with autism spectrum disorder, school-aged children with language and learning difficulties, individuals with significant intellectual disabilities, stuttering and children with social language difficulties.
Karen regularly offers workshops (both virtual and face-to-face) for parents, early childhood educators, school teachers and disability support workers across the state.
Workshop content is based upon her range of published resources supporting others to identify and support individuals with communication challenges.
"Every speech pathologist in our practice has many years of experience and invests in ongoing professional learning to ensure that the best of latest evidence based practice is applied each day," Karen said.
Learn2Communicate is currently running a competition to encourage developing a thirst for learning new words.
There are strong links between the size and depth of a child's vocabulary and their social and academic development. For your child's chance to win a book voucher, call into Learn2Communiate at 262 Anson Street, Orange for an entry form.