Category: Speech

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

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

How to slow down your speech: do we need a new approach?

Exceptionally fast talking isn’t rare. It’s even got a fancy scientific name: tachylalia. (It’s Greek, meaning “swift chatter”. ) I don’t like the term: It’s pointless jargon for excessively rapid speech. It sounds like a “disorder”, which is not always the...

/ 15 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

The Pesky Lisp Fixer: a new evidence-based approach for kids whose interdental lisps won’t stay fixed!

Don’t you hate those pesky interdental lisps? You know, the ones that won’t stay fixed? To fix an interdental lisp – those lisps where your tongue sticks out between your teeth when you try to say /s/ – speech pathologists...

/ 11 September 2016

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

I’m an adult who lisps. Do I need speech therapy?

Not unless you want help.   Before the age of six, it’s relatively common for children to lisp /s/ and /z/ sounds. But, for some adults, a lisp can be embarrassing, affecting their social activities and/or professional life. But lots...

/ 22 May 2016

My voice shakes: what can I do about it?

For me, it happened most memorably during my first ever court appearance as a lawyer. It was a simple procedural mention in a mid-level court in central Sydney. I’d had two coffees, four hours sleep, memorised my lines like a...

/ 17 May 2016

My child drools: what do I need to know?

Saliva is probably one of the least offensive bodily fluids. But it can still be confronting. You only have to look at how many student speech pathologists struggle to overcome their natural aversion when responding to their first case of...

/ 9 May 2016

“My toddler doesn’t speak at all!” Don’t panic – get informed

For parents of most toddlers, a moment’s peace is as welcome as the Easter Bunny. But when your two year-old doesn’t speak at all, silence can be very stressful – especially when all the other kids in the family/playground/mothers’ group/daycare...

/ 21 March 2016