Helping children and adults speak for themselves. Make 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...

/ 1 January 2017

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

How to slow down your speech: do we need a new approach?

Exceptionally fast talking isn’t rare. It’s even got a fancy scientific name: tachylalia. (It’s Greek, meaning “swift chatter”. ) I don’t like the term: It’s pointless jargon for excessively rapid speech. It sounds like a “disorder”, which is not always the...

/ 15 January 2017

We’re growing!

We’re thrilled to announce that Kate Jackson has joined our busy team in North Strathfield. Kate came to speech pathology following a long and rewarding career in education, both in Australia and overseas. She holds a Master of Speech Language Pathology...

/ 10 January 2017

Start 2017 off on the right foot: Defrazzle Time to improve your child’s behaviour and language skills

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. But, in 2017, I’m keen to be a better dad, husband and speech pathologist. I also want to share more practical, evidence-based strategies people can use to improve their lives. Over the break,...

/ 31 December 2016

Your right to know: long-term social effects of language disorders

We speech pathologists need to talk more about some of the long-term, negative effects of developmental language disorders. We need to explain why getting help is so important. And not just for late talking toddlers and pre-schoolers. School-age children, older children, teens and...

/ 4 December 2016

If my close relative, Bob, had a stroke causing aphasia, what would I want from his speech pathologist?

If my close relative – let’s call him Bob – had a stroke that included language loss (“aphasia“), I would want him to see a speech pathologist as soon as possible. I would want his speech pathologist to: be up-to-date on...

/ 16 November 2016

24 practical ways to help school-aged children cope with language and reading problems at school and home

Too many school-age children struggle to understand instructions, express their thoughts and feelings, read and/or write. So what can parents and teachers do to help at home and at school? A. Knowledge is power: first, learn more about the child’s...

/ 9 November 2016

Don’t let poor writing hold you back – how to get help

To get ahead in most workplaces, secondary and technical colleges, and universities, you need to communicate well. This includes writing effectively. Sometimes, even tiny mistakes can have big negative effects. I once had a boss who would (literally) toss job...

/ 2 November 2016

Double trouble? Why twins are at an increased risk of language disorders (and what you can do to help them)

For more than 80 years, we’ve known that – on average – twins develop language more slowly than single children (e.g. Day, 1932). More recent studies have shown that: twins – particularly boys – have a higher risk of developmental...

/ 24 October 2016