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 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

Does my child have a language disorder? 6 questions speech pathologists should ask before assessment

From time to time, I get complaints about the length of my pre-assessment case history form. But I’m not shortening it. Every question in my case history form has a purpose. Yet the answers to some questions are more important...

/ 3 September 2017

Help people get their message across: why and how we should work together to improve communication access for everyone

Wheelchair ramps. Disabled parking. Lifts at train stations. All ways that communities support people with physical disabilities to get on with their lives and to contribute to society. Things that help people with physical disabilities go places and do stuff...

/ 20 August 2017
Reading Problems and What to do About Them. Research-based Answers to 24 Frequently Asked Questions.

My loved one has reading problems. Where can I find evidence-based answers to get help? New free eBook

Instantly download our new, 188-page, free eBook here: What is it? There’s so much information out there about reading difficulties, including dyslexia. It’s hard to sort: the good stuff – based on independent, peer-reviewed evidence; from the nonsense – the fads,...

/ 13 August 2017

Help your child to fill in the gaps, join the dots, and read between the lines! (Improve inferencing skills for better reading and language comprehension)

Roughly 10% of primary school-aged kids have poor reading and oral language comprehension skills relative to age-appropriate word-reading skills (Cain, 2009). These kids – poor “comprehenders” – are often not picked up within classrooms because they can sound out (“decode”) words and...

/ 30 July 2017

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