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Positive Speech

Speech Pathology & Orofacial Myology in the Southern Highlands of NSW.

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

  4872 2286

Positive Speech is a private, independent speech-language pathology practice based in Mittagong, 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 also trained in The Lidcombe Program for the treatment of early stuttering through the Lidcombe Program Trainers Consortium, and 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, and is a current active member of 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.

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.

Reduce screen time!

December 13th, 2017|0 Comments

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

Nel MacBean MSLP, B.A, GradDipEd, GradCertMath, CELTA, MSPA, CPSP

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