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    • Professional

      Newcastle Speech Pathology has been established by Alison McDonald, a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist with 20 years experience working with children and adults.

    • Experienced

      At Newcastle Speech Pathology, we are passionate about helping people reach their potential in speech, language and literacy.

    • Personal

      Newcastle Speech Pathology is a small Speech Pathology practice which aims to provide the highest quality personalised service in the Newcastle Area.

  • Questions

    • How much does it cost to see a Speech Pathologist?

      Newcastle Speech Pathology is committed to keeping services accessible. We are registered providers with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), panel providers under the Better Start initiative and Helping Chil…

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    • Why choose Newcastle Speech Pathology?

      Newcastle Speech Pathology offers a personalised, professional service. We are family focused, working with clients to set meaningful, achievable goals which fit with family life. Alison is committed to providing the lat…

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    • What age groups do you work with?

      The short answer is 'all ages'. Communication is a skill we develop from birth throughout our lifespan. Challenges to our communication can occur at any stage in our development. This could be due to congenital disord…

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    • What does a Speech Pathologist do?

      A Speech Pathologist works with adults and children to improve their communication skills. Speech Pathologists help identify and treat people who are at risk of swallowing, speech, language and communication difficulties…

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    • How do I choose a Speech Pathologist?

      Choosing a Speech Pathologist is a very personal decision. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to get started: Does the Speech Pathologist understand me and where I am on my communication or learning journe…

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    • What is the difference between speech and language?

      Speech refers to the sounds that come out of our mouth. How the sounds take shape and form words is a complex process that involves the coordination of breath, voice, lips, tongue, cheeks, jaw and soft palate. Speech Pat…

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  • Blog

    • June’s Theme: Encouraging our Children to Take Turns in Conversation

      Week One: Taking Turns in Conversations As we have discussed in previous Communication Corner publications, children learn language through conversation and interaction. Conversations should flow back and forth from one person to the other…

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    • Books and Babies

      I love reading. One of my greatest pleasures after my first baby was born, was to take some quiet moments to read a chapter of a book whilst she was feeding. She turned out to be a difficult, slow feeder, so books were my escape while we ba…

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    • Tips to Help your Toddler Learn to Talk

      To learn language, children need to watch and listen to good talkers. They learn sounds, words, and new ideas by engaging in quality interactions with adults and older speakers. They need to hear new words and sounds, and practice taking tu…

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    • Activities to Encourage First Words

      Listen for everyday sounds and ask your child, “What's that?”. Encourage your child to listen carefully and to guess what is making the sound. Then track it down and discover the source of the sound. Stand toys, one at a time on the…

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    • She said “Mum!”

      There are few times in life as exciting as when your child first says your name. I remember sitting on my bed trying to balance getting my shoes on, giving my husband some instructions and keeping an eagle eye on my baby who was busy behind…

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    • May’s Theme: Quality Trumps Quantity

      Week 1. Quality Interactions It makes sense that children need to hear a lot of language before they master using it themselves. However, simply hearing lots of words does not mean that our children will automatically become great talkers…

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  • The Team

    • Grace

      Office Manager
    • Bec

      Speech Pathologist
    • Alison

      Principal Speech Pathologist
    • Ash

      Business Manager
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