Category: Language

“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

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

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

“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

More verb-charged books to ignite your child’s language development

Dear readers: I have a confession to make. I’m a monomaniac: I have an obsessive preoccupation with one thing: Verbs. As a parent and speech pathologist, I just can’t get enough of them. If I get through a single language...

/ 8 March 2017

Hyperlexia: FAQs

1. Hyperlexia*: what is it? Hyperlexia is a condition where a person – often a young child – has word-reading skills that are far above his or her reading comprehension skills, verbal functioning level, or general cognitive functioning (Grigorenko et...

/ 30 January 2017

We’re growing!

We’re thrilled to announce that Kate Jackson has joined our busy team in North Strathfield. Kate came to speech pathology following a long and rewarding career in education, both in Australia and overseas. She holds a Master of Speech Language Pathology...

/ 10 January 2017

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