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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. 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

Office Hours

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

  4872 2286

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