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Does Your Child Need Speech Pathology?

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.

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Speech Pathology
For Adults

We assess and treat adults for stuttering, voice and other communication issues, phono prosodic system change, English language training, orofacial myofunctional (OM) disorders, and other communication delays, disorders, and problems.

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Orofacial Myology.
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, and she is a certified Sounds~Write practitioner, having undergone training in this Gold Standard linguistic phonics program for literacy. 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

Clinic Hours

Tuesday  8:00 – 5:00
Wednesday 8:00 – 5:00
Thursday 8:00 – 5:00

Reception Hours

Monday  8:00 – 5:00
Tuesday 8:00 – 5:00
Wednesday 8:00 – 5:00
Thursday 8:00 – 5:00
Friday 8:00 – 5:00

  4872 2286

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Recent Posts

Summer News

December 12th, 2018|Comments Off on Summer News

Positive Speech wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Our office will be closed for the summer from Thursday 20 December 2018 and will reopen for appointments on Tuesday 29 January, 2019. We look forward to working with our clients in the new year. 

Need some Christmas stocking ideas?

December 5th, 2018|Comments Off on Need some Christmas stocking ideas?

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year awards have been finalised for 2018, and here are the winners: Indigenous children: Sorry Dayby Coral Vass (Illustrations by Dub Leffler) Birth to 3 years: Heads and Tailsby by John Candy (Illustrations by John Candy) Three to 5 years: Rodney Loses It!Written by Michael Gerard Bauer (Illustrations by Chrissie Krebs) Five to 8 years: Danny Blue’s Really Excellent Dreamby Max Landrak (Illustrations by Max Landrak) Eight to 10 years: The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hooblerby Lisa Shanahan. Check out the Association’s web page for the complete list, along with a list of shortlisted books: https://www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/SPAweb/whats_on/Book_of_the_Year/SPAweb/What_s_On/Book_of_the_Year/Book_of_the_Year.aspx?hkey=6d7d21b1-0cd6-4b86-91e3-11884f031a02

Voice disorders – so common, yet often left untreated…

November 21st, 2018|Comments Off on Voice disorders – so common, yet often left untreated…

Vocal overuse can be caused by many things, including infection and psychological trauma, and voice-laden professions such as teaching are particularly affected. The overarching term for voice disorders or problems is ‘dysphonia’ and losing your voice can be devastating. It can have a huge effect on your quality of life, including economic, social and emotional tolls, but most people don’t seek treatment as it is a highly under-diagnosed and under-treated disorder. Listen to the audio segment on the ABC for more information: https://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/pgLGK8Lam6?play=true If you have a voice disorder and need support, the Australian Dysphonia Network is worth connecting with.

The Apostrophe – a protected species?

November 7th, 2018|Comments Off on The Apostrophe – a protected species?

I have to admit, I am, unashamedly, a grammar nerd. I guess that’s probably a good thing, considering I’m a speech pathologist…. There has been some talk recently of ridding our language of the innocent apostrophe (the 27thletter of the alphabet, no less). I needed to sit down when I read that. What the? Apparently texting on a phone (where inserting the apostrophe requires too many taps on the keyboard), website domain names and other computer text requirements just make for a cumbersome apostrophe, and it’s likely to disappear from the language altogether anyway. Really? Or is it due to “’incorrect, lazy, ignorant and appalling’ apostrophe catastrophes”, which John Richards, the former sub-editor of the Apostrophe Protection Society (yes, it [...]