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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.

Boost your vocabulary!

November 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

“Vocabulary is the best single indicator of intellectual ability and an accurate predictor of success at school”.  W.B. Elley Teaching vocabulary is important, both on the part of parent and teacher. This article is directed more at classroom teachers, but parents can benefit from reading it, too, and helping their children to develop a robust vocabulary. Vocabulary instruction shouldn’t just be limited to the classroom. “We think with words, therefore to improve thinking, teach vocabulary”. A. Draper and G. Moeller

Do you read to your children?

September 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Do you read to your children?

Do you read to your children? Even if your children know how to read independently, this doesn’t mean you need to stop. Why? You can teach your child more words to increase their vocabulary and promote optimal learning, language and literacy skills... You can help your child reduce his or her anxiety around reading aloud in the classroom… You can help turn your child into a life-long, positive reader… And the research suggests that “more than one-third of Australian respondents aged six to eleven whose parents had stopped reading to them wanted it to continue.” Don’t believe me? Read the article at: https://theconversation.com/research-shows-the-importance-of-parents-reading-with-children-even-after-children-can-read-82756

Happy Speech Pathology Week!

August 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Happy Speech Pathology Week!

During the week of 20th – 26th August, 2017, Speech Pathology Australia sought to promote the speech pathology profession and acknowledge the work done by speech pathologists across Australia. The theme for 2017 was "Communication access: everyone gets the message!" Because…..Communication is a basic human right. If you’re interested in finding out more, check out the SPA website at www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au.

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

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