About Lauren Haskins
Lauren is a passionate and skilled speech pathologist, mentor and business owner. She obtained a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from the University of Newcastle in 2005, and is always eager to learn more. As a Hanen Certified speech pathologist, she has extensive experience in conducting the It Takes Two to Talk, Target Word, More Than Words, 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 in 2016 and delights in providing a high quality, evidence-based service.
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.
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.
The Greatness Guide by Robin Sharma
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!
“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.”
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).
Lauren's areas of interest:
Feeding and dysphagia (swallowing difficulties), Stuttering, Complex communication assessment and management.
To make an appointment with A Growing Understanding, you can instantly book online, use our online chat system, or call (02) 4044 1122.
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!
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.