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We Have Speech Coaches!

Practising speech therapy exercises at home can be hard.  


We understand that you’re often busy, tired, or feeling uninspired. The great news is that our team has found a way to make home-practise convenient, cost-efficient and fun!


Our Speech Coaches are specially-trained Therapy Assistants who help you go through your therapy exercises from the comfort of your home. 


The more quality practice you do, the faster you’ll achieve your speech therapy goals. 


It’s easy to fit in a 20-minute appointment with a Speech Coach before work or school, during your lunch break, in between after-school activities, or even while you’re preparing dinner!     

Have a chat today with your Speech Pathologist or one of our Admin girls to find out more. 

What does a Speech Coach do?

Speech Coaches are trained to take you through your home-practise activities that have been set by your Speech Pathologist. In a 20-minute online appointment, your specially trained Speech Coach will take you through your practise activities in a fun and engaging way, using our unique video conferencing software. 


What happens in a Speech Coaching appointment?

You will need a device which is connected to the internet (a phone, tablet, laptop or computer). Your coach will send you a link to our online clinic room, where they will meet you and take you through your therapy exercises that have been set by your Speech Pathologist.


In our online clinic room, you will have face-to-face time with your coach, be able to share documents with each other, and work on a virtual whiteboard or document simultaneously. Your coach will guide you through your practice and provide you with immediate feedback that will help you successfully complete your therapy homework and stay on track.


Who are your Speech Coaches?

Our Speech Coaches are Allied Health Assistants who are selected and trained by our Speech Pathologists to help you complete your home practice. They are not Speech Pathologists, and as such cannot provide advice on your assessment, diagnosis or course of therapy. 


Why should I book an appointment with a Speech Coach?

The more quality practice you do, the faster you will achieve your speech therapy goals. If you are finding it hard to do the recommended daily practice, an appointment with a Speech Coach will help you. 


Speech Coaches can help you complete your home practice anywhere! It’s easy to fit in an appointment with a coach before work, at lunchtime, while you are waiting for a child to finish after-school activities, while you are supporting another child with their homework, or even when you are preparing dinner. 


How much does it cost?

Perhaps the best part is that having a Speech Coach is an affordable way to make sure you’re staying on track and getting the most out of speech therapy.


An appointment with a Speech Coach is only $30, and can be paid for over the phone or via direct deposit. 

Meet Our Speech Coaches

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Jessie Martinez

Speech Coach

My name is Jessie Martinez, and I’m part of the Speech Coaching team at Newcastle Speech Pathology. Working directly with our clinicians, I feel privileged to be able to contribute to the effectiveness of our client’s communication skills. I’m currently in the 4th and final year of my Speech Pathology degree at UON.

I love being active and spending time with my friends laughing, cooking and eating. I also spend a lot of my ‘free’ time taking care of my handsome and quirky Golden Retriever, Hansel, who is always up to mischief and keeps me on my toes!


Q - What's great about working as a speech coach?

A - I love being able to support our clinicians and clients. My goal is to create a meaningful and effective experience in their speech pathology journey.

Q - What advantages do you see for clients?

A - I see a broad range of clients, and many of those are busy bees! To have access to speech pathology services in the comfort of their own home for a short but effective 20 minutes session is a great advantage in not only the current climate but throughout their speech pathology journey!


Sarah Mckinney

Speech Coach

Hello! I’m Sarah, and I'm currently in my 3rd year of a Speech Pathology degree. I’m one of four kids and originally from a small town in country NSW, so my childhood has pretty much revolved around the outdoors and everything the country has to offer!


I made the move to Newcastle 2 years ago to start my degree, and have loved changing it up having the beach at my back door. I have recently started at Newcastle Speech Pathology as a Speech Coach, and I am excited to learn new things and meet lots of new faces.


Q - What do you love about being a speech coach?

A - I love being able to form new relationships with both colleagues and clients. 


Q - What advantages do you see for clients?

A - The one-on-one time spent gives the client the opportunity to become more confident and familiar with skills they may need improvements in, as well as to feel like they are getting the attention they deserve. I think having the availability of these short 20 minute sessions makes them easy to complete during the week a fun way of working on developing skills! 

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