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

Why preschoolers with unclear speech are at risk of later reading problems: red flags to seek help

For over 20 years we’ve known that preschoolers with speech sound disorders have an increased risk of later reading difficulties (e.g. Bird et al., 1995). Why do speech problems contribute to reading problems? Spoken words and written words rely on the same...

/ 16 July 2017

“I don’t understand what I’m reading” – reading comprehension problems (and what to do about them)

The whole point of reading – for education, work, social activities, self-improvement, community participation, or entertainment – is of course to understand the words that you’re reading. Reading comprehension is crucial for success at school and life. Reading comprehension depends...

/ 1 July 2017

Before Big School, does your preschooler need help with pre-reading skills? Introducing PreLit sessions

True to our founding principles, we’ve invested to upgrade our skills. We’re now thrilled to offer a new, evidence-based early literacy preparation program for preschoolers based in the communities we serve. It’s called PreLit, by MultiLit. What is PreLit? PreLit...

/ 21 June 2017

“My son (daughter) has been diagnosed with a developmental language disorder. How much treatment should he (she) get? How often?”

Until very recently, the answer to these very important questions has been: “We don’t know.” (See, for example, Warren et al., 2007.) This is unsatisfactory for several reasons: Parents need to know how often their child should see a speech pathologist,...

/ 15 June 2017

For reading, school and life success, which words should we teach our kids? How should we do it?

To do well at school and in life, kids and adults need to know and to use lots of words. The words we know and use – our vocabulary – has a big impact on our success at school and...

/ 4 June 2017

Which books should I use in stuttering therapy with my child? Here are our favourite six kinds, with examples

“Help! I need some ideas!” A common – and understandable – request from parents and other carers when you work with children who stutter. Whether your child is doing the Lidcombe Program, the Westmead Program or a hybrid of the two,...

/ 26 May 2017

Reading with – not to – your pre-schoolers: how to do it better (and why)

Most parents know that reading books with their kids is important. But many parents don’t know why exactly. And it’s not as if parents get issued with an instruction book about how to read books with their kids for the...

/ 17 May 2017

How to help teenagers who stutter (and their families)

Do you remember the joys of being a teenager? Growth spurts. Hormones amok. Peer-pressured to distraction. Painfully self-conscious: How do I look? Should I wear double denim? Is my hair cut okay? Will I fit in? Will they invite me?...

/ 8 May 2017

Preparing your pre-schooler to learn to read: skills to focus on first

What can we do to help our pre-schoolers get ready to read without being accused of helicopter-parenting? A lazy Google search will confirm there are loads of courses and programs marketed to worried parents of pre-schoolers. Many are not supported...

/ 1 May 2017

“I’m not a child!” How to get help for a teenager or adult you love who can’t read

Imagine for a moment that you can’t read or write; even at a basic level: How would you apply for, find or hold down work? If you found work, how could you review your employment contract? How would you communicate...

/ 24 April 2017