Meet Our Speech Pathologists

Meet our Team of Award Winning Speech Pathologists

We are a passionate team of experienced speech pathologists who are driven by your child’s success, understanding and growth.

Your Support System of Professionals

Our team of experienced speech pathologists know that your family’s journey is unique. We will work with you to tailor an individual service that supports your child’s development and responds to the needs of your family.

Speech Pathologists

Melissa Roberts

Speech Pathologist & Special Education Teacher

Jess Kiely

Speech Pathologist

Jackie Parsons

Speech Pathologist

Shaylee Thomas

Speech Pathologist

Lauren Haskins


Lauren has worked as a speech pathologist in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter region for more than twelve years. She has built a strong reputation as a skilled therapist and has developed unique health, disability and education skills, thanks to a variety of positions held within public and private sectors. Never being one to shy away from sharing her thoughts or raising awareness, Lauren is also a keen presenter and mentor.

Lauren obtained a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from the University of Newcastlein 2005. Lauren is a Hanen Certified speech pathologist, with extensive experience in conducting the It Takes Two to Talk, Target Word, Learning Language and Loving It programs and Teacher Talk series. She has also completed further consortium training in the Lidcombe Program – Treatment Program for Preschool Stuttering.

Lauren has been a judge of the Speech Pathology Book of the Year competition (0-3 years category) since 2014. She has regularly been invited to provide education sessions to various community groups and early childhood centres.

As a mum of two busy and gorgeous children, Lauren appreciates the need for timely, flexible and family friendly services. Lauren established ‘A Growing Understanding’ speech pathology service in 2016 and delights in providing a high quality, evidence-based service.

And, if she wasn’t busy enough, Lauren is an active member of her community, lending her country expertise as the President of the Newcastle Show society and a group delegate for the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW.

Why I love speech pathology: I am really passionate about helping children to be able to communicate and to be the best versions of themselves, as well as working with and supporting families to help their child to grow their communication skills.

What do you love most about A Growing Understanding: I feel so fortunate to work with such amazing, experienced and caring speech pathologists everyday. I am proud to have established a high quality service that is accessible in our local Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens area.

What is your guilty pleasure: Chocolate!!

Favourite Game: Monopoly

Favourite Book: The Greatness Guide by Robin Sharma

Favourite Movie: Love Actually

Favourite Place in the World: We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful country! I love my hometown of Adelaide, or near my home- Lake Macquarie. Port Douglas if we are going further and Quebec City if we’re talking overseas!

What is your favourite quote: ““I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”

What would people be surprised to know about me: I was the 2005 Newcastle Showgirl and the youngest and first female President of the Newcastle Agricultural, Horticultural and Industrial Association (organisers of the Newcastle Show).

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