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Gillian Zavos, PhD

Dr Gillian Zavos Speech Pathologist

Dr Gillian Zavos – Stuttering specialist
The Stuttering Clinic is my private practice in Newcastle, NSW. I opened The Stuttering Clinic in 2011 after spending a few years at home with my young children, during which time I treated some clients who were unable to find expert stuttering assessment and treatment in Newcastle.

My background
I started my specialisation in stuttering in 1998, when I worked at the Stuttering Unit in Bankstown, Australia.

The Stuttering Unit is known for developing the Lidcombe Program in conjunction with the Australian Stuttering Research Centre. The Lidcombe Program is an evidence-based treatment for preschool-age stuttering; it is also used with school-age children who stutter.

As part of these organisations’ Continuing Professional Education program I presented at Lidcombe Program workshops for speech pathologists. In addition I demonstrated the Lidcombe Program for speech pathologists visiting the Stuttering Unit and provided phone consultations to speech pathologists across Australia.

At the Stuttering Unit I also worked in an evening clinic that was established for the treatment of adult clients. Most of these appointments were for individualised speech restructuring using prolonged speech.

I have provided a speech restructuring treatment in a group intensive format; I did this with older school-age children as part of my PhD.

More recently, in addition to my private practice, I have worked as a speech pathology clinical educator at The University of Newcastle. In 2012 and 2013 I supervised students in the university clinic who were learning to treat stuttering.

Listen to me talk about stuttering on radio

Dr Gillian Zavos on radio about Stuttering "Dr Gillian Zavos on radio about Stuttering"

Research
I enjoy working with people who stutter of all ages. My clinical practice is driven by a strong interest in research.

I received first class honors for my research into the measurement of stuttering in 1997.

In 2003 I completed a PhD in which I examined the neural basis of stuttering in children.

I have also worked as a medical editor at The Lancet Neurology, London, and as a research speech pathologist at the National Acoustics Laboratory, Sydney.

Currently I enjoy the Sydney Stuttering Interest Group meetings, which are attended by clinicians and researchers who have a special interest in stuttering.

Continuing Professional Development

I am a member of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) and a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP).

In 2013 I attended some enjoyable continuing professional development workshops:

  • Stuttering and Anxiety: Preschool to Year 6 Children, teleconference with Associate Professor Ross Menzies
  • Emergent Literacy: What Can Speech Pathologists Do to Help Preschool Aged Children, Their Families and Their Preschools? presented by Dr Roslyn Neilson
  • Speech Sound Disorders – The Basics and Beyond II presented by Dr Caroline Bowen

You might wonder why I would be interested in speech sounds and literacy when I work in stuttering. But speech sound and literacy development are a central part of the communication development of the children I work with. I also have a (not so secret) love of children’s books. You can see read some of my book reviews here.

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