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

Dual-qualified Georgia Clarke joins our paediatric speech pathology team

To top off a fantastic (if hectic!) few months of change and growth at Banter, we have yet more exciting news to announce: Georgia Clarke has now joined our team in our new paediatric clinic in North Strathfield! Georgia is:...

/ 16 November 2017

Stuttering: will my child recover? Factors that predict recovery and why you shouldn’t wait

About 4% to 8% of children stutter at some point during early childhood (Yairi & Ambrose, 2013). Stuttering usually starts without warning between the ages of 2 1/2 and 4 years of age. Here’s the good news: at least 80%...

/ 12 November 2017

Yes to the Phonics Screening Check: my ‘Why’ in 10 points

A few readers have asked for my views on the proposed Phonics Screening Check for all Year 1 students in Australia. I’m against testing kids for testing’s sake. I know many overworked, and under-resourced teachers oppose the check for a...

/ 5 November 2017

“Why should I let my late-talker play with other kids?” Because play promotes learning: here’s why and how

Yesterday morning, while sunburning myself to a crisp, I watched my sons muck around at Austinmer beach. They were out of earshot, but appeared to be playing a game where Son 1 would “defend” Son 2 from oncoming waves by diving...

/ 30 October 2017

We’re Open!

On behalf of the Banter Speech & Language team, we’re thrilled to announce that our new clinic – at 115 Queen Street, North Strathfield – is officially open! Thanks to all our clients, staff and followers for the amazing support...

/ 24 October 2017

Defrazzle, explore, re-engage and stimulate higher level language skills with new sights and sounds

Leonardo Da Vinci. Benjamin Franklin. Marie Curie. Albert Einstein. Ursula Le Guin. Steve Jobs. Great lives; with not much in common, except burning curiosity about the worlds they lived in. If you want your kids to talk more, follow their...

/ 22 October 2017

Too many stories, not enough facts? Free tips and resources to boost your child’s knowledge and reading comprehension skills

Reading comprehension is complex. Teaching kids evidence-based comprehension strategies helps. But it’s not enough (e.g. Catts & Kahmi, 2017). Kids also need to learn – and to organise – knowledge about: words; different kinds of reading (e.g. stories and explanations); and...

/ 14 October 2017

Exciting times at Banter: introducing Speech Pathologist Brittany Richardson

With speech, language, stuttering and other communication issues, early help is often the best help. We know how frustrating it can be to wait to see a well-trained speech pathologist. So we’re excited to announce that Speech Pathologist Brittany Richardson...

/ 28 September 2017

“I can’t hear myself think!” The compelling case for quiet classrooms

Education theories abound about the best set-up for classrooms. As a parent, I know different school systems, principals, teachers, and families have strong and divergent views on the topic. As a speech pathologist, my chief concern with classroom set-ups is...

/ 24 September 2017

How to speak with people who stutter: do we need rules?

Some people are visibly uncomfortable when they meet someone who stutters. They might stare at the person, like a deer caught in headlights. Or they might look away, as if the person were a solar eclipse. Some people freak out...

/ 10 September 2017