Community Services


 General Support Suggestions


Speech Therapists

Occupational Therapy to support fine motor skills and/or sensory processing difficulties.  This is a free service with some local Community Health Centres - contact Referral Intake Centre on 49312003

- Maitland or John Hunter Children's Hospital (need a professional referral)
Get Ahead Speech Therapy
Upper Level Suite 18C, Village Walk Professional Centre
Cnr Lawes & High Streets, EAST MAITLAND

1300 657 220

An effective means of teaching children social skills is through Social Stories, developed by Carol Gray. Social stories provide a visual method to teach children social rules, social perspectives, and socially appropriate behaviours.  See Carol Gray's books or access websites at

Head Start For Kids
7/57 Crescent Road, WARATAH

0413 155 258

Consult websites

Hunter New England Community Health

Referrals: (02) 49337171
Telephone: (02) 49312000
Fax: (02) 49312002



 Parent Support Groups can be accessed at

  • Northcott Disability Services
    15 Valencia Street, MAYFIELD
    - contact Anastasia Dunstan - 49350400
  • Families Supporting Families
    email -
  • local Family Support Service (check the phone book) provide counselling and groups for parents with dependent children
Leaps and Bounds
20 Bruce Street, EAST MAITLAND

(02) 49337171

Family Counselling and Support

  • Centrecare - 49692199
  • UNIFAM (Marriage and Family Councelling) - 49439186
  • Relationships Australia - 49401500
Maitland Hospital - FREE Service

(02) 49392000

Maitland Hospital Information

Speech and Language Intervention to support language and communication development.
- this is a free service with your local Community Health Centre (but check waiting list) - contact the Referral Intake Centre on 49312003
- or private speech pathologists, listed in the phonebook Yellow Pages, will charge a fee for service.

Small Talk


The Early Intervention Hotline provides information on local services for children aged 0-6 years with developmental difficulties

1300 656 865


 Hearing Checks

Parentline is a free telephone councelling service for parents

132 055
Community Health Centre Maitland/Rutherford 49392170 East Maitland 49312000

Australian Hearing Maitland 2 Albion Street, Maitland.

Newcastle Family Referral Service support families to access services in their local area

1300 006 480

 Occupational Therapy

Leapfrog Support Options can help in accessing a range of free services including but not limited to therapy

4979 7777 
 Sensory Clinic

220 High Street, Maitland.

Northcott EarlyStart Diagnosis Support provide short term support where a family has a concern or has recently received a diagnosis. 0-6 years need no diagnosis to access this service.

4935 0400
 Sue Larkey
The Psychology Clinic at the University of Newcastle (staffed by clinical psychology interns under supervision) works with individuals and runs groups targeting children with anxiety.

4921 5075

 Behavioural Optometrist

 Maitland Family Support Scheme Inc

 Susan Walton

245 King Street Newcastle, 2300



 Small Talk  
 Maitland Family Support Scheme Inc  
 Early Links  
 Maitland Baptist Church Child Care Inc.  
 Newcastle Learning and Development Clinic  
 All About Speech, Speech Pathology  
 Mapping The Future  
 ACECQA - NQF Video Resources    

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The information provided above is for reference only.  Hunter Valley Alphabet Academy has no affiliation with these services.