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We assess and treat children for speech (articulation and phonology), language – both receptive (comprehension) and expressive (talking), literacy (reading, phonological awareness, writing and spelling), stuttering, voice issues, orofacial myofunctional (OM) disorders, and other communication delays, disorders and problems.
What is it?
Orofacial Myology is the science and clinical knowledge of restoring normal and mutual interaction of the orofacial muscle groups (muscles of the face and mouth), dentition and respiration that is the physiological basis of speaking, chewing and swallowing. It is a program designed to correct orofacial muscle dysfunction and abnormal swallowing patterns.
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Positive Speech is a private, independent speech-language pathology practice based in Mittagong (half way between Sydney and Canberra), in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. We cater to both adults and children.
Positive Speech is owned and managed by Nel MacBean, a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist, and qualified teacher. Nel holds a Master of Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sydney, has an extensive background in teaching, training and education, in the fields of English as a Second Language (ESL), English as a Foreign Language (EFL), foreign languages and Mathematics to children and adults, and she is a member of Speech Pathology Australia.
Nel is a Hanen Certified Speech-Language Pathologist, having completed an It Takes Two To Talk certification workshop, and is a current member of The Hanen Centre. She is trained in The Lidcombe Program for the treatment of early stuttering, through the Lidcombe Program Trainers Consortium, and in The Camperdown Program, a speech restructuring program assisting adults and adolescents to control and manage their stuttering, through the Camperdown Program Trainers Consortium. Nel is also trained in the foundations of THRASS (Teaching Handwriting, Reading And Spelling Skills), a phonetics teaching tool developed by The THRASS Institute for literacy instruction. Nel has also completed training in Voicecraft Essentials, an assessment and treatment approach to voice disorders in both adults and children.
Nel is an Orofacial Myologist, having completed her training through The Australian Association of Orofacial Myology. Our clinic is the first and the only Speech Pathology practice to offer additional Orofacial Myofunctional assessment and therapy options in the Southern Highlands.
At Positive Speech, our aim is to provide tailored services to clients, both paediatric and adult, to meet their speech, language and communication needs. At the heart of our practice is a caring, local service, where clients and families are supported in a safe and trusting environment.
Nel MacBean MSLP, B.A, GradDipEd, GradCertMath, CELTA, MSPA, CPSP
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So many adolescents struggle to read for pleasure, and as a parent there is a lot you can do. The phenomenon is called 'expired expectation', according to Margaret Merga from Curtin University, where some teens think that once they have learned to read, they don't need to continue. "If we really want out teenagers to continue to read, we really need to be careful not to transmit the idea to them that once they know how to read it's not something they need to do anymore," says Dr Merga. There are 5 helpful steps that parents can take to encourage their children to read. I quite like all of them! Check them out at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-19/five-ways-to-transform-your-teenager-into-an-avid-bookworm/9458276
With the kids now back at school, Positive Speech is back open for appointments. To start the year off, I thought I’d share the wealth of Resources for the Public from Speech Pathology Australia, the national association for the profession. Included in their resources is a number of Fact Sheets on important topics related to Speech Pathology. Go to https://www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au, select 'Resources for the Public' from the drop-down menu at the top, and then choose 'Fact Sheets' from the list of options on the left of the page. While you're there, navigate around the site using the menu to access other interesting resources and information.
More = physical activity Less = screen time The research is out! This week “The Australian 24-hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (birth to 5 years)” was released, encouraging parents and caregivers to limit screen time greatly (actually NO screen time for kids under 2) and devote a minimum of three hours of physical activity per day. It gives parents “a strong framework to set up their child's day, spelling out precisely how much sleep, physical activity and sedentary time kids should have in a 24-hour period.” You can read the article in full at http://www.kidspot.com.au/parenting/real-life/in-the-news/no-screentime-for-babies-shock-new-warning-for-parents/news-story/36d80cd84f66d451aa1b66eadf1f51e1
The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year awards have been released. Great ideas for that Christmas stocking (I know, I know, now only 25 days away….eek! Where did the year go?) The winners are: Birth to 3 years - Noisy Nature written by Mandy A Kuhne, ilustrated by Alex Kuhne Three to 5 years - Me and You written by Deborah Kelly, illustrated by Karen Blair Five to 8 years - Somewhere Else written and illustrated by Gus Gordon Eight to ten years - Artie and the Grime Wave written and illustrated by Richard Roxburgh Indigenous children - Mad Magpie written and illustrated by Gregg Dreise. Check out the SPA website for more information.