Welcome to Speech Central 

We care about communication



Speech Central is a private speech language therapy practice based in Taupō. We are committed to providing quality, accessible speech and language therapy for both children and adults with speech, language or swallowing needs. 


Hi. We are Kathleen Faulls (left) and Melinda Dakin (right), speech language therapists at Speech Central.

We are passionate about providing quality speech language therapy for both children and adults in the community of Taupō and across the Central Plateau. 

As of 2019, we have joined forces to come together as Speech Central to combine our knowledge, skills and love of speech therapy and to provide a quality private service. Kathleen has a wealth of experience working publicly and privately with adults and children, and Melinda has worked mostly in the public system up until relocating to Taupō and is skilled in working across age groups and with a variety of speech and language disorders. We are both registered members of the New Zealand Speech Language Therapists' Association.

We provide a mobile service. We are able to see children or adults with speech or language difficulties at home, at their childcare, school, resthome, care facility or at the Speech Central premises in Hilltop.

Contact us to discuss your concerns regarding a loved one 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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Variable hours

​​Saturday: by appointment

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