Speech Pathology & Orofacial Myology in the Southern Highlands of NSW.
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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.
During the week of 20th – 26th August, 2017, Speech Pathology Australia sought to promote the speech pathology profession and acknowledge the work done by speech pathologists across Australia. The theme for 2017 was "Communication access: everyone gets the message!" Because…..Communication is a basic human right. If you’re interested in finding out more, check out the SPA website at www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au.
Interest + Engagement = Future Success While this article isn’t specifically about speech pathology, it does talk about an important key to success - engagement. Whether a child is learning in the classroom, or receiving intervention, his or her motivation to learn, to improve, and to develop is the key. “If students can be engaged by curriculum, through the mode of delivery, through a rich variety of learning experiences and through the way teachers relate with students, then this is going to pave the way for achievement in adulthood,” she said.
Vocabulary building is vitally important for developing reading and comprehension skills in children, as well as in adults. The evidence suggests that teaching and learning 10 new words per week can make a huge contribution to a child’s, an adolescent’s (or even an adult’s) language and literacy abilities (Beck, McKeown & Kucan, 2013). While the classroom is the obvious place for such learning to take place, parents can also make a significant contribution to their child’s vocabulary bank.
Nel MacBean MSLP, B.A, GradDipEd, GradCertMath, CELTA, MSPA, CPSP