About Jo Nelson
Jo grew up in Newcastle and graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) from the University of Newcastle. She has worked in a private practice in the Coffs Harbour area for the past 3 ½ years and has joined A Growing Understanding after returning to Lake Macquarie to be closer to family. Jo’s areas of interest include child speech and language, fluency and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I grew up knowing I wanted to work in a job that helped people – I also knew I was no good at dealing with blood and guts! Speech Pathology, particularly working with kids, allows me to set clients up for success in life and help them meet their potential. I love spending the work week supporting kids and their families, seeing them progress, and knowing that no two days will be the same!
I have followed the A Growing Understanding team on social media for several years now and love that the staff all seem very friendly and supportive. They also are committed to ongoing professional development and advocacy for the Speech Pathology profession.
Just about any card game!
Any in the Harry Potter series (including the audiobooks read by Stephen Fry)
10 Things I Hate About You
Redhead Beach and Bandon Grove
“The assumption that a child who cannot communicate has nothing to say is as patently ridiculous as assuming an adult without a car has nowhere to go.”
I can say the alphabet backwards in four seconds!
Jo's areas of interest:
Child speech and language, fluency and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
To make an appointment with Jo, you can instantly book online, use our online chat system, or call (02) 4044 1122.
Instant Online Booking with Jo Nelson:
A Growing Understanding is such a lovely and inviting clinic. From Jordan at the front desk and her very welcoming smile and ‘congratulations on great work’ sticker/stamp at the end of the session, to the cute little waiting room where I can eat as much chocolate cake as I want and not worry about any added Kgs, to the treatment rooms that are inviting and always full of fun and engaging things to do. I can completely understand why my kids are always happy to attend therapy. Plus I feel comforted knowing that we are in no way receiving a generic approach to therapy but are instead receiving something that is tailored to my children’s needs and I have been able to have a part in every step. I would highly recommend them for your child’s speech therapy needs. After previously having worked with Lauren when my daughters deafness was diagnosed almost 6 years ago it was a huge relief to be able to start working with her again after our previous speech therapist relocated and have loved having the ability to work with her again for the past 9 months. My daughter Abbigail loves coming to speech therapy every fortnight and working towards her goals. She is constantly motivated by Lauren to participate in her in home practice and activities. Lauren is also a genius at making some very boring “drill” type work fun and inviting. Her expertise, diligence and genuine care/concern are the ideal combination in ensuring Abbigail’s continued progress and success. Another huge benefit has been Lauren’s flexibility with both in clinic appointments and school based appointments allowing a much clearer picture on where we need to prioritise Abbi’s goals, as well as provide feedback to the school by way of strategies and options to provide the best learning environment. I have also recently began session with Jackie for my 3 year old son Callan. Callan has almost instantly become possessive of the clinic due to loving his time there working with Jackie that he feels the need to tell his big sister it’s “His speech therapy!” and will often attempt to lock himself in the treatment room so he doesn’t have to go home when our time is up. In such a short space of time Jackie has built a beautiful relationship with Callan making sure to have things he’s interested in (dinosaurs and activities involving moving rather then sitting still) to hold his attention and has managed to keep him engaged much longer then I often can my self. Both Lauren and Jackie are always providing me with skills that I can implement at home to achieve a high success rate for our goals as well as constantly providing me with feedback so I know where we are in regards to the kids therapy and eliminating any guess work. As a family we are grateful to be in such good hands and look forward to continuing to work as a team to ensure many HIGH FIVES in Abbigail and Callan’s future. Amy.
I would highly recommend A Growing Understanding Speech Pathology. The level of care, expertise, and support we’ve received has been excellent. Lauren is a great speech pathologist and tailors all of the therapy to our exact needs – we’ve never had a ‘one size fits all approach’. Thank you!