Enrolling in Talkabout | Telethon Speech & Hearing

Enrolling in Talkabout

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Children between the ages of 18 months and 6 years* who are experiencing a speech and language delay or disorder which may be due to:

  • A history of middle ear problems (otitis media)
  • Developmental Language Disorder
  • Motor planning difficulties (childhood apraxia of speech)

*Please note: To join the program, children need to turn 2 years of age before June 30 in the year of entry into the program.


Children may be referred by GP’s, Paediatricians, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, or other service providers. 

Parents may also self-refer. Scholarships and bursaries are available upon application.

Signs a child may need extra support from Talkabout

Does your child or student have difficulty with…

  • Expressing their needs, wants and thoughts
  • Following instructions
  • Early literacy or literacy skills
  • Social skills due to their language difficulties
  • Word finding or limited vocabulary
  • Sentence structure and syntax
  • Telling a story in sequential order

Enrolment Process

1) Intake Interview

Not all children will be suited to the Talkabout learning environment. An intake interview with either our Playgroup Coordinator, Talkabout Deputy Principal or Principal is undertaken prior to enrolment to determine eligibility and appropriateness for the program.

Your medical specialist or therapist may refer you to the program, however it is not necessary to have a referral.

Enrolments can occur at any time throughout the year.

For more information on placements or application forms, please contact our Enrolments Officer on (08) 9387 9888 or email enrolments@tsh.org.au.

2) Entry

Child enters the Talkabout program.

3) Progress

  • School Aged: The child’s progress is tracked with comprehensive portfolios, skills continuums, and regular assessments. Parent/teacher meetings are held twice per year, or as needed.
  • In Playgroups: In Playgroups, the child’s progress is tracked with goal setting meetings with parents, caregivers, and end of year summary reports.

4) Mainstream School

Telethon Speech & Hearing teachers and specialists liaise with mainstream class teachers and specialists.

Fees and Charges

Enrolment Fee

An enrolment fee is payable if a place is offered for your child.

Please note these fees are non-refundable. Payments can be made via EFTPOS, BPAY, direct debit plan, credit card or cheque. Please pay at reception.

Tuition Fees

Fees are billed four times per year at the commencement of each term. A 5% discount will apply to Annual Fees if they are received in full by the end of the first term.

For more information please contact our Family Liaison Officer on (08) 9387 9888 or email.

Family Concession

The following discounts apply to the tuition fees:

  • First child          Full fees
  • Second child     5% discount off total tuition fees
  • Third child         5% discount off total tuition fees

Financial Assistance

There are a limited number of bursaries available. Please contact the Family Liaison Officer or view the Bursary and Scholarships page of our website for an application form.


Telethon Speech & Hearing have a Student Accident Insurance Policy covering all students for limited lump sum benefits. Parents are advised to have comprehensive private health insurance in addition.

Notice of Withdrawal

It is a condition of enrolment that notice of a student’s withdrawal is given in writing. One month notice is required to withdraw from the Talkabout 2 and 3 programs, and the Language Support program. A full term’s notice is required to withdraw from the Talkabout 4 and 5 programs (Talkabout 5 students may only exit the program at the end of term one or two).

In the event that such notice is not given, a full term’s fee may apply.

Payment Options

All fees are payable with 14 days of the account being rendered, unless satisfactory arrangements or progressive payments by direct debit are approved by the Accounts department.

Present the remittance slip with your cash, cheque, credit card or debit card payment to the office during office hours 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Return the remittance slip with your cheque or credit card details to:
Telethon Speech & Hearing
PO Box 186
Wembley WA 6913

Telephone the office on 9387 9888 and have your credit card details available.

Fees may be paid directly into the TSH bank account:

Account name: Telethon Speech & Hearing Ltd
BSB: 066-000
Account number: 1221 6967

It is important to identify any payment by including the Family Key in the narration of the payment to ensure that it is directed to your outstanding balance.