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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

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 [...]

The importance of reading and language

October 31st, 2018|Comments Off on The importance of reading and language

It has been a while since I popped up a Facebook post. I’ve fallen out of love with Facebook recently (with so many scams, scandals and subversive spying) and I just needed a good time away. I’m sure it’s not got any better with my absence, but I thought it is probably time to start recontributing again. There is a great deal of information out there relevant to speech pathology, and I do enjoy sharing that. To start off, why not something about reading, language and speech pathology all rolled into one. Some food for thought: https://nest.latrobe/poor-reading-writing-feeds-school-prison-pipeline/?fbclid=IwAR06_di8J7ZEesG2qrgfaBKR6YFMDEyBVKRJaItHHvWkqq9hPNPECVmSMBI

Adolescents and reading and expired expectation…

March 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Adolescents and reading and expired expectation…

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

Welcome to 2018!

February 16th, 2018|Comments Off on Welcome to 2018!

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.