About Sarah and Star

Meet Sarah:

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Introducing Sarah Campbell, MSLTPrac, MNZSTA

Star is owned and managed by Sarah Campbell, a Hanen, Lidcome, and PECS trained Speech-Language Therapist with over 15 years of hands-on experience working with children and adults. 

Sarah holds a Master in Speech-Language Therapy Practice degree from the University of Auckland and a Bachelor of Arts Degree Majoring in Linguistics and a Minor in Japanese from Waikato University. Her Masters’ thesis gathered norms for children 5;6 to 5;11 years old for the Diagnostic Evaluation of Articulation and Phonology assessment – a system for measuring children’s speech development and gauging the point at which they may need specialist intervention.


Sarah is a practising member of the New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists’ Association (NZSTA). Sarah is passionate about communication and loves what she does.

Sarah proficiently supports a wide range of communication needs, with her experience being the most extensive around clarity of speech sound production, including childhood apraxia of speech, fluency (i.e. stuttering), auditory processing disorder, and issues related to language processing or aphasia (an often-misunderstood area). Sarah undergoes regular upskilling to ensure clients receive the latest evidence-based treatment. She is proudly qualified in the following programmes, which she integrates into her therapeutic approach where suitable:

  • The Hanen: It Takes Two To Talk Program, for parents who have a child with a language delay

  • The Hanen: More Than Words Program, for parents who have a child with autism

  • The Hanen: Target Word Program, for parents whose very young child is a late talker

  • The Lidcombe Programme for Stuttering

  • The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

With three young and active boys of her own, Sarah understands the needs of parents well and has a range of techniques and strategies to implement therapy targets effectively within the busy home-life.

Sarah loves technology and uses this when working as a Speech-Language Therapist. She accesses many interactive and engaging tools when seeing young (and older!) children via teletherapy. Sarah has been heavily involved with Toastmasters, from committee roles including Club President, to competing in and winning various speech and evaluation competitions.

About Star Language & Literacy:

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Star Language and Literacy was created to fulfil the need to support people to thrive academically. Literacy and academic success are founded on strong language skills. Sarah has an extensive background and huge passion for linguistics, language and literacy. She has supported many people - young and old - to learn and thrive through expressing themselves in spoken and written text.

Sarah provides tutoring, resources, literacy and language therapy across New Zealand via teletherapy and in-person in Tauranga. Star is based on Christian principles and puts this into practice by focussing on compassion, integrity and excellent service. Sarah enjoys working with children of all ages, as well as adults. Her passion lies in making a significant difference in the community by giving everyone we work with the literacy and communication skills to support life in all its fullness.