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Positive Speech

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


Tuesday 8:00 – 5:00
Wednesday8:00 – 5:00
Thursday8:00 – 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.

Decodable and Predictable Books – what is the difference?

February 4th, 2019|0 Comments

There are two types of children’s books that are important in the development of spelling and reading skills. The first is the decodable type: books that have numerous repetitions of a certain speech sound on a single page, spelt in a number of ways. This supports the most evidenced-based means of learning to spell and read – a phonics approach. In this case speech sounds (also known as phonemes) are aligned with their spelling choices or letter combinations (known as graphemes). These books are very useful when children are in their early years of school and are learning to read and spell, or to support older children whose spelling and/ or reading skills need intervention. The second type of book [...]

Summer News

December 12th, 2018|Comments Off on Summer News

Positive Speech wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Our office will be closed for the summer from Thursday 20 December 2018 and will reopen for appointments on Tuesday 29 January, 2019. We look forward to working with our clients in the new year. 

Need some Christmas stocking ideas?

December 5th, 2018|Comments Off on Need some Christmas stocking ideas?

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year awards have been finalised for 2018, and here are the winners: Indigenous children: Sorry Dayby Coral Vass (Illustrations by Dub Leffler) Birth to 3 years: Heads and Tailsby by John Candy (Illustrations by John Candy) Three to 5 years: Rodney Loses It!Written by Michael Gerard Bauer (Illustrations by Chrissie Krebs) Five to 8 years: Danny Blue’s Really Excellent Dreamby Max Landrak (Illustrations by Max Landrak) Eight to 10 years: The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hooblerby Lisa Shanahan. Check out the Association’s web page for the complete list, along with a list of shortlisted books: https://www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/SPAweb/whats_on/Book_of_the_Year/SPAweb/What_s_On/Book_of_the_Year/Book_of_the_Year.aspx?hkey=6d7d21b1-0cd6-4b86-91e3-11884f031a02

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

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Exciting News!

We have moved to the ACT and are on the cusp of opening up a brand-new speech pathology and psychology practice in Braddon.

Our new practice is called In Positive Health and we will be open to new client bookings from Tuesday 1 February, 2022.

You can find out all about us here at https://inpositivehealth.com.

Alternatively, get in touch via email at reception@inpositivehealth.com.