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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.

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

SPA Book of the Year Awards 2017

November 30th, 2017|Comments Off on SPA Book of the Year Awards 2017

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year awards have been released. Great ideas for that Christmas stocking (I know, I know, now only 25 days away….eek! Where did the year go?) The winners are: Birth to 3 years - Noisy Nature written by Mandy A Kuhne, ilustrated by Alex Kuhne Three to 5 years - Me and You written by Deborah Kelly, illustrated by Karen Blair Five to 8 years - Somewhere Else written and illustrated by Gus Gordon Eight to ten years - Artie and the Grime Wave written and illustrated by Richard Roxburgh Indigenous children - Mad Magpie written and illustrated by Gregg Dreise. Check out the SPA website for more information.

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

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