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Helping children and adults speak for themselves. Book an appointment today

Call us on (02) 8757-3838 or email hello@banterspeech.com.au. Our speech pathology clinic is located at Level 1, 85 Queen Street, North Strathfield – on the corner of Queen Street and Wellbank Street (entrance on Wellbank Street). The clinic is directly opposite...

/ 8 January 2016

The Lidcombe Program for stuttering: my 10 favourite therapy activities

For parents who have been trained in delivering the Lidcombe Program for stuttering to their children, it can be hard to think up specific activity ideas.  Parents often ask me for a list of activities they can use during the...

/ 8 December 2014

My child is learning two languages: what do I need to know about bilingual development?

More than half of my clients are growing up in homes where English is not the first or only language. I think it’s a great thing. Bilingualism is a tremendous asset living on this increasingly connected planet. We need more...

/ 21 September 2016

The Pesky Lisp Fixer: a new evidence-based approach for kids whose interdental lisps won’t stay fixed!

Don’t you hate those pesky interdental lisps? You know, the ones that won’t stay fixed? To fix an interdental lisp – those lisps where your tongue sticks out between your teeth when you try to say /s/ – speech pathologists...

/ 11 September 2016

School-age stuttering research update: mixing and matching treatments to get results

We need better treatments for school-aged children who stutter. Research groups, like the Australian Stuttering Research Centre (ASRC) and The Stuttering Center of Western Pennsylvania are working hard to develop and test new treatments. But front-line speech pathologists and families of...

/ 5 September 2016

Let’s cut to the chase: when should I seek help from a speech pathologist for my child?

Speech pathologists help people with communication problems. But many of us are not very good at explaining what we do in Plain English: We use too many long, pointless words. We call ourselves different things in different countries. We can’t...

/ 29 August 2016

Can I do stuttering therapy online via video calls?

Yes. From the comforts of a big city, it might not seem like there’s a shortage of speech pathologists with decent stuttering assessment and therapy experience. But there is. Too often, simple things have stopped people who stutter from getting...

/ 22 August 2016

My child used to be so good at maths. What happened?

This is a question I get asked fairly regularly by worried parents of kids, usually in Year 2 or 3. And I start by checking language skills. Why? Language learning impairments are common, but often missed in pre-schoolers and kindergarten...

/ 16 August 2016

Creating futures: how speech pathologists can help kids and young adults build skills to succeed in the 21st Century

Back when I was a young man (ahem!), career success as a white-collar professional meant going to university, doing a professional degree, getting a good graduate job with a top firm, scoring a few promotions and becoming a boss. For...

/ 8 August 2016
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There’s a bookshop in my man cave: introducing Banter Vintage Books

Once upon a time – before Amazon, AbeBooks, the Book Depository, iPads and Kindles – we dreamed of one day owning our own bookshop. Not just a soulless franchise. We wanted an independent community hub, where locals of all ages...

/ 2 August 2016