Category: Speech Pathology

Let’s cut to the chase: when should I seek help from a speech pathologist for my child?

Speech pathologists help people with communication problems. But many of us are not very good at explaining what we do in Plain English: We use too many long, pointless words. We call ourselves different things in different countries. We can’t...

/ 29 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

Why it’s not OK to say to your child: “Don’t worry about it. You’ve got other talents.”

When I was 15 years old, I struggled with two subjects at school: woodwork and maths. Gazing at my wonky pencil box, my woodwork teacher sighed, shook his head, and smiled: “Oh, David.  You’re just no good with your hands.  But you’ve...

/ 7 December 2015

Looking for help with speech, language, literacy, voice or stuttering issues? Ask questions. Know your rights.

Choosing the right speech pathologist can be difficult.  You have every right to “shop around” to find someone you trust and feel comfortable with.  But, as with many professions, it can be hard to evaluate speech pathologists and to understand...

/ 3 November 2015

Sick of the afternoon rush? Speech therapy appointments now available before school or work

Morning person?  Me neither.  I once took a job working Hong Kong hours from Sydney just to sleep in! But I know what it’s like rushing from pre-school or school pick-ups to swimming (or dance, martial arts, soccer practice, OT or...

/ 14 October 2014

Thanks, Sydney Uni speech pathology students

I’d like to thank the wonderful speech pathology students at Sydney University for turning up at 8am on a cold September morning to hear me speak for two hours.  And about matters legal! Enjoyed being on the other side of...

/ 10 September 2014

Banter’s revised Privacy Policy – now online

At Banter Speech & Language, we’re committed to respecting and protecting client confidentiality. We’re just as focused on protecting the privacy of our clients and their families.  We want to be clear with clients and prospective clients about what information...

/ 30 July 2014

Referrals and Private Health Funds

Generally, you do not need a referral from your GP or anyone else to book an appointment with us. If you are looking to access the Chronic Disease Management or Helping Children with Autism Medicare rebates, you will need an appropriate referral,...

/ 6 June 2014

Banter now registered with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Are you a Veteran with speech, language and/or swallowing difficulties?  Banter Speech & Language is now registered with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to provide some services free of charge to you: If you have a Gold Card, the DVA will...

/ 27 May 2014