Tablelands Speech Pathology was established in Kuranda, Queensland in 2013.

We’ve since grown to include busy clinics in Mareeba, Dimbulah and Julatten. We are open during school hours only. To make an appointment, you can contact us by calling Laura on 0415 073 216 or email

Laura Nelson
Speech Pathologist & Director

Laura graduated with first class honours from Curtin University in 2000. In her professional career, she has worked in many areas of Speech Pathology and now chooses to exclusively focus on helping children with speech and language difficulties and people with disabilities. Laura is trained in a range of techniques, including (but not limited to) Nuffield Dyspraxia Program®, PROMPT©, DIR Floor time®, Key Word Signing, Hanen programs (It Takes Two To Talk™, More Than Words™, Learning Language and Loving It™, Teacher Talk™), Shape Coding™, Sounds-Write Literacy program©, Lidcombe Program for stuttering, Zones of Regulation™ and a range of Social Thinking® programs.

Laura is committed to continually developing her professional skills. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis and is working towards a PhD looking deeper into Childhood Apraxia of Speech intervention. Laura has worked in Perth, throughout the UK and across Northern QLD. At a national level, she is one of the judges for the Speech Pathology of Australia’s Book of the Year Awards. As well as loving reading the best books of the year for kids, she enjoys being able to donate the shortlisted books to local organisations such as the Cairns Base Hospital’s Paediatric Ward and local school libraries.

When not at work or studying, Laura is a Mum to three busy children who she loves spending time with at every opportunity.

Jessica Tucker
Speech Therapy Assistant

Jessica has worked extensively in childcare as a Child Care Assistant and Special Needs Assistant. She has broad experience implementing programs developed by teachers and therapists and enjoys using her creative skills to develop unique and fun resources and visual aids, individualized for children’s interests and goals. She is passionate and inspired by working with children and their families.

She is also a Mum to two beautiful children, who she loves to make memories with.

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