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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

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

How to improve the lives of people with dementia in long term care: applying Montessori principles

No-one wants to end up in a prison-like nursing home, but some of us will. And, although it’s not always polite to raise the issue, we’re all getting older: especially those folk in the Baby Boomer generation. Being stuck, sedated,...

/ 25 July 2016
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14 practical ideas to help your late talker (with pictures!)

I can’t help myself. Even when defrazzling with the kids on school holidays, I’m on the look out for great ideas to help parents with late-talking toddlers or children with language learning impairments. As regular readers know, I enjoy reading about theories of language development and...

/ 17 July 2016

Hungry Like The Wolf: How I help adult clients decide on speech therapy goals that matter (to them)

And now for something completely different. Sometimes you read a research paper that blows your mind and changes your whole clinical approach to helping people with communication problems. In this article, I share my thoughts on one such paper that...

/ 7 July 2016

“You know, um, veniculars-like, thingies you look through to see far away stuff. I don’t know!”: How to help school-aged kids to find their words

All of us forget the names of things occasionally. But, as with many adults with aphasia, some children have serious problems finding words. Major word-finding problems can wreak havoc on a child’s academic and social participation. In primary school and...

/ 30 June 2016