Harmony Speech Pathology

Specialising in speech therapy for children from birth to 18

We are a speech pathology service offering mobile (home or school) or clinic based therapy in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and Central Coast areas, specialising in speech therapy for children.

We are a registered provider with the NDIS and provide speech pathology assessment and treatment for a wide range of speech and language difficulties, as well as for fluency (stuttering), pragmatics (social difficulties), and specific syndromes and disorders (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental delays).

Speech assessment and therapy sessions are able to be provided in your own home or at your child’s preschool or school (where permission has been obtained from the School Principal or Pre-school Director). We believe in providing individualised speech therapy targeted specifically at your child’s needs and we endeavour to teach your child in a way that promotes the best outcomes for them.

We use a variety of strategies, such as play based, table top, iPad and computer programs as well as many toys and learning activities that assist your child’s learning. We practice Family Centred Therapy, ensuring that the needs of both your family and your child are always considered when setting speech therapy goals.

We are passionate about working with children and families from disadvantaged and minority backgrounds to help them to reach their potential. We regularly attend professional development training to ensure that we are able to provide our clients with the best therapy based on latest evidence.

Contact Harmony Speech Pathology

Address:
Harmony Speech and Development Centre
Unit C4, 26 Oakdale Road, Gateshead NSW 2290

Phone:
02 4048 0857

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Fiona

B. Sp. Path., B.A. (psyc), CPSP

Fiona is a Speech Pathology Graduate from the University of Newcastle. Fiona has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Language and Speech Disorders and Stuttering (Fluency) in community, school and home settings.

Fiona is recognised as a Key Worker under the NDIS transdisciplinary early childhood intervention model.

Fiona has previously worked as part of the research Team at The Nexus Unit at John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle. One of the main roles Fiona had was to help edit and manage a scholarly journal that was produced from the service called, The Clinician. She assisted with versions that included topics such as Autism, Eating Disorders, Depression and Bipolar Disorder, and medical reference texts such as Psychotropics. Fiona has experience working within a multidisciplinary team and interacting with a number external agencies to ensure the best outcomes for clients.

Fiona has a special interest working with children with Autism, literacy and learning difficulties and children with Indigenous backgrounds – helping them to achieve their full potential. Fiona uses family centered, strengths based speech therapy for all her clients, as she believes this helps to facilitate more functional and effective therapy goals.

Fiona regularly completes postgraduate courses, some of those include: Applied Behavioral Analysis, Hanen – It takes two to talk, Keyword Sign, Connect Therapy, Core Vocab, Prompt Therapy, Cued Articulation, Reading Dr – Literacy.

Grace

B. Sp. Path., MPSP

Grace is a Speech Pathology Graduate from the University of Newcastle. Grace has experience through clinical placements working with children with speech and language disorders as well as working with children with special needs to provide support for communication.

Grace completed a university placement in an early intervention centre in Fiji where she gained experience working with young children with a range of disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. Grace also spent a year in Indonesia volunteering in a community based program supporting individuals with disabilities. Through these experiences Grace has developed a passion for working alongside families to support the communication needs of their children.

Grace has worked with children in a range of settings including in school, home and an early intervention centre and seeks to involve families in the assessment and therapy to maximize support and progress for the child.

Grace is an outgoing person who enjoys spending time with friends and family. Being a Newcastle local, she loves the beach and enjoying the many quality cafes around town.

Address:
Harmony Speech and Development Centre
Unit C4, 26 Oakdale Road, Gateshead NSW 2290

Phone:
02 4048 0857

Claire

B. Sp. Path. (Hons), Dip. Lang., CPSP

Claire is a Speech Pathology Graduate from the University of Newcastle. Claire has experience working with children with Speech and Language Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome and Stuttering.

Claire completed a Diploma in Languages in French and Australian Sign Language concurrently with her Speech Pathology degree. She completed her research review on the importance of providing appropriate language assessment and intervention for children from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds in Australia. Claire has completed training in Key Word Sign to assist children and families to communicate with greater effectiveness together.

Claire completed her final paediatric university clinical placement at a school for children with complex needs in Vietnam. This clinical placement solidified her passion for working with children of all ages and abilities, especially those with complex needs. Claire is passionate about working with children to enable them to communicate to their full potential through the implementation of strengths-based, family centred therapy.

Claire enjoys getting outdoors and enjoying the sunshine. She loves camping with family and friends, coffee, patchwork quilting, bike rides and enjoying delicious picnics.

Dominique

B. Sp. Path., B. Soc. Sc. (Hons), MSPA

Dominique is a Speech Pathology Graduate from the University of Newcastle. Dominique has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Language and Speech Disorders and Stuttering (Fluency). Prior to this degree, Dominique completed a Bachelor of Social Science with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. She completed her honours thesis on the impact of emotional labour on volunteerism within non-profit health organisations.

Dominique has worked as a social researcher for the NSW Nursing Association and since 2010 has been employed at the Family Action Centre (FAC) at the University of Newcastle in a research role. Additionally she has assisted the Teaching and Learning Team of the FAC to develop undergraduate and postgraduate courses into the areas of Education and Health.

Through her work at the FAC, Dominique took on a subsequent role with The Steve Waugh Foundation’s Special Needs Unlimited Group, and for over two years has been working with children with rare diseases and complex diagnoses and their families. This work has fostered her passion for the paediatric special needs population, with a specific interest in paediatric dysphagia.

Dominique lives with her husband and child and their very fluffy cat, Madeline. She loves going to the beach, catching up with friends over coffee, cooking, and spending as much time as possible with her little nieces and nephews!

Andrew

B. Comm., CA

Andrew works as the Business Manager for Harmony Speech Pathology. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand with over 20 years experience in the field. He graduated with a Commerce degree from the University of Newcastle.

Andrew has focussed his career within the health & ageing, education and social services sectors, which has included employers such as The Prince’s Trust (a charitable trust run by the Prince of Wales), The National Gallery London, the Catholic Schools Office – Maitland Newcastle, Catholic Care and Essential Skills Training & Recruitment. Andrew was also CFO at the Newcastle United Jets FC for a time and would be more than happy to talk football with you should you be interested.

Andrew is passionate about supporting our therapists from behind the scenes to ensure that we make a profound difference in the lives of our clients and their families.

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