Speech Pathology

 

Communication is an important part of life. We understand the day to day challenges for a child experiencing communication difficulties and the impact it may have on a family.

The speech pathology team across the Greater Newcastle sector have extensive experience in providing assessment and treatment to suit your child’s specific needs, while at the same time providing assistance in understanding and managing your child communication difficulty.
 

Issues: Community Based Speech Pathology treats children from birth to school age, with normal cognitive function or mild intellectual impairment, who:

  • Have difficulty understanding what is said
  • Have difficulty talking (using words and sentences)
  • Are not using the correct sounds
  • Are stuttering
  • Have voice disorders
  • Have swallowing difficulties (eating and drinking)

Aims: The service has several aims:

  • To assess, diagnose and treat children referred to the service.
  • To provide appropriate services to children.
  • To educate families, parents and carers.
  • To contribute to student clinical education.
  • To disseminate clinical information to professionals in the Greater Newcastle area.
  • To work in close conjunction with other services to establish and maintain a holistic approach to care.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (Health is not an NDIS provider).

A Speech Pathologist will discuss the difficulties your child is having and will ask you about any relevant medical history and about your child’s development (e.g., at what age your child walked and talked). Your child’s communication may then be assessed through observation and formal testing. The Speech Pathologist will discuss the assessment results with you and if required, make a therapy plan with you.

This therapy plan may include:

  • Ideas and activities to do at home
  • Clinic appointments
  • Therapy groups
  • Consultation with teachers
  • Home and/or School programs

Parent referral is recommended, however, any other agency/health professional can refer a child to the service. Referrals can be made by phoning the Referral and Information Centre on (02) 49242590.  

Once a referral is received it will be directed to the appropriate Speech Pathology community health centre.  There are waiting lists for Speech Pathology services which vary between sites.  An estimated waiting time will be advised when a referral is made.  Please contact the Referral and Information Centre for updates on waiting times. A Speech Pathologist will contact the family as soon as an appointment time is available.

Referral to other Specialist Services - Community Based Speech Pathology services are affiliated with The University of Newcastle. As part of your child’s treatment, they may be seen by a Speech Pathology student supervised by a Senior Speech Pathologist.

Other services provided by community Based Speech Pathology include Feeding Clinic, Aboriginal Outreach clinic – Awabakal/Nikinpa, Hanen and School Support Service.

Hearing issues are a common source of speech and language delays. If your child has a history of repeated ear infections, or has not had a hearing test in the last 12 months, it is suggested that you organise an assessment whilst your child is on the waiting list.

For children three years and under, a hearing assessment can be organised through:

  • Australian Hearing Services
    Phone: Kotara 131 797 or Maitland 4937 9700
Hearing services (external to HNE Health)

For children over three and a half years and over, a hearing assessment can be organised through:

  • Child and Family Health Nursing - Phone: 4923 6920
     
  • Private audiologist (Refer to Yellow Pages or check online)

 

Parent information sheets

Can your child hear?
Ear problems in children
Glue Ear and Grommets
Hearing loss in children with Down Syndrome
Hearing loss in one ear: Babies and pre-school children
Microtia
Otitis Media (middle ear infection)
The inheritance of hearing loss and deafness
Unilateral (single sided) hearing loss: The school child

 

Communication Milestones

These resources have been produced by Speech Pathology Australia, which outline the talking and understanding milestones for children aged 1-5 years. View the Children's Communication Milestones.
 

Stuttering

What is stuttering?

Stuttering is a disorder that affects the fluency of speech. Find out more about causes, getting help, treatment and facts on stuttering.

 

Developing Language Skills

How can you develop your child's language skills through reading books?

The following websites provide useful information on using books to build speech, language and literacy skills:

- Developing reading skills

- Early literacy resources


Fact Sheets

- Glue Ear and Grommets

There are other useful fact sheets from Speech Pathology Australia, which includes:

- The Sound of Speech (0-3 years)

- The Sound of Speech (Preschool and School Aged Children)

- Helping your baby to talk

- Speech pathology and Indigenous children

Speech Pathology Services in Greater Newcastle 

  • 621 Hunter Street – Samantha, Thizbe, Linda, Emma, Emma, Elizabeth, Rachel
  • Aboriginal Outreach – Awabakal / Nikinpa - Tania
  • Belmont – Tania, Abbe
  • Eastlakes  - Kathryn
  • Nelson Bay - Karin
  • Raymond Terrace – Ashleigh, Katy
  • Westlakes – Amber, Kelly, Delys, Abbe, Kristin, Nicole
  • Western Newcastle – Sally, Jo, Emma
  • School Support Service – Katrina, Bronwyn, Nicole
  • Charlestown Feeding Clinic - Kelly

Contact us

Locations and contact details

621 Hunter Street Health Centre

621 Hunter St, Newcastle West

Ph:    

49257800

Fax:    

49257955

 

 

Belmont District Hospital
Croudace Bay Rd, Belmont

Ph:     

49232295

Fax:     

49232166



Eastlakes Community Health Centre
Cnr South & Cherry Sts, Windale

Ph:   

49445300

Fax: 

49445310



Nelson Bay Community Health Centre
Kerrigan St, Nelson Bay

Ph:    

49840730

Fax:  

49840744



Raymond Terrace Community Health
4 Jacaranda Avenue, Raymond Terrace

Ph:      

49830800

Fax:  

49871660



Westlakes Community Health
6 James St, Toronto

Ph:     

49358100

Fax: 

49358163



Walssend Campus Community Health
Nash St, Wallsend

Ph:      

49246100

Fax:   

49246101