Welcome to Speech Central 

We care about communication


Helping children and adults with speech and language needs to reach their full potential


Hi. I'm Melinda Dakin, speech language therapist and director at Speech Central.

In 2019, after relocating from Auckland, I started Speech Central to provide quality, private speech language therapy in the local Taupō community and across the Central Plateau. 

As a speech language therapist, I assist people of all ages with speech, language, communication and swallowing needs to achieve their goals. 

Whether you are looking for support with your child's communication, or therapy for yourself or a family member, I would love to help.

Contact me to find out how we can help or to arrange a speech language assessment.

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"..the improvement in his speech has been quite amazing" 

Mel has been helping our little man with his speech over the last few months and the improvement in his speech has been quite amazing. She has engaged him using robots, cars & games to learn new sounds and proper pronunciation - he has enjoyed the sessions and is always excited to go back to see her! We are really grateful for her help and highly recommend her to anyone looking for a speech therapist in Taupo. 

Mum of 5 yr old

Learning to adjust was a big part of my therapy. 

I was really angry and frustrated about my speech since my stroke. I had a lot of therapy in the past but learning to adjust was a big part of my therapy with Mel at Speech Central. I learned new ways of doing things to feel successful.

Joan - Stroke Survivor



55 Puriri St



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Mon, Wed, Thurs

Variable hours

​​Saturday: by appointment

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