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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.

Comprehension Tips

July 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Comprehension Tips

If you saw the read the word “egress”, would you think it is: A type of bird; A headdress worn by a princess in Ancient Egypt; or, The action of going out or leaving a place? Would it help you more if you saw the word in a sentence? Egress from this carpark is to be via the access lane in the rear. Comprehending the meaning of a word is different to decoding the letters and sounds in a word to know how to say it aloud. But these skills do rely on one another. Today’s Comprehension Tips Written by Misty Adoniou (Associate Professor in Language, Literacy and TESL, University of Canberra), via theconversation.com: Tip 1: teach phonics through words already [...]

Screen time + baby = late to talk ??

June 1st, 2017|0 Comments

New evidence is emerging that young children who spend time on smartphone screens may be susceptible to expressive language delay. And for adults, it can have a negative effect on sleep. Experts say, if you want a good night’s sleep, keep the phone out of reach and out of the bedroom. Pick up a book instead!!

What is old is new again…

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Many moons ago, phonics was used to teach spelling and reading decoding skills in schools. Not comprehension – that is a different skill. Decoding is sound-letter (phoneme-grapheme, to be more accurate) knowledge. It precedes comprehension. Then it went out of fashion. Dropped like a lead balloon. Boring, apparently. Not exciting enough. Goodness. Don’t get me started on that one. The ‘whole language approach’ became the new black. Australian literacy standards fell. Below those of even Kazakhstan, apparently. Now, like a pair of culottes that seem to be all the rage this winter fashion season (I’m not fond of them, myself…just saying…), phonics is back with a vengeance! Yay! Or, more accurately….Phew!

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

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