Helping children and adults speak for themselves. Now taking bookings for 2017

Call us on (02) 8757-3838 or email hello@banterspeech.com.au. Important note: Our clinic will be closed for appointments between 6 to 31 December 2016 for Christmas holidays and clinic team planning. During this period, we will continue to take bookings for assessment...

/ 3 December 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

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

Lidcombe Program stuttering activities: Volume 2 printable activities for face-to-face and Skype therapy now available

When we published The Lidcombe Program for stuttering: my 10 favourite therapy activities back in 2014, we had no idea how popular it would be. Thousands of people from more than 20 countries have downloaded our free resource. Feedback has been...

/ 12 October 2016

Books with verbs to level up your child’s language development: 24 of the best

Yes, OK! I know I go on and on about the power of verbs to power (drive, propel, and kick-start) language development. I can’t stop (or cease, or desist, or refrain from) it! Yes, lots of kids and adults benefit from targeted practice....

/ 5 October 2016