Child Safety First (and Second and Third)
Let’s talk about the elephant in the middle of the room.
You may have noticed I’m not your typical speech pathologist. I’m a bloke.
Men make up less than 3% of the speech pathology profession in Australia. Most of us work with adults, though some of the best in the business work with kids.
As a father of two boys, I’m a big believer in the importance of male role models in education and health – particularly when it comes to speech, language and reading problems, which affect a disproportionate number of boys and young men. I also think our profession needs more diversity, with its members reflecting more truly the communities we serve.
But – again as a father – we need to be absolutely sure our kids are safe. There are far too many horrible stories out there for me to trust a stranger with my kids. I’m sure you agree. And I need to protect my family from the risk of false allegations, too.
At Banter Speech & Language, child safety is our first priority. That’s why we:
1. conduct full police checks on anyone working with us, including ourselves;
2. require parents and other carers to remain on-site during therapy; and
3. can video-tape therapy sessions when the parent or other carer is not in the room, with the confidential and secure tapes available to parents/carers on request.
Our Operations Manager – my wife – is also happy to sit in on sessions if you can’t be in the room and have any remaining concerns.
In the best of worlds, we wouldn’t need to do this. But when it comes to kids, safety is more important than my sadness that society has come to this.
I’m very happy to discuss this sensitive but important issue openly with you at any time. So please don’t be embarrassed to bring it up.
Separately, Banter Speech & Language is peanut free. We never use snacks as rewards – mainly to stop me gobbling them all between sessions.
Thank you. And now let’s get back to some speech therapy!
Banter Speech & Language is owned and managed by David Kinnane, a Hanen- and LSVT LOUD-certified speech-language pathologist with post-graduate training in the Spalding Method for literacy, the Lidcombe and Camperdown Programs for stuttering, and Voicecraft for voice disorders. David is also a Certified PESL Instructor for accent modification.
David holds a Master of Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sydney, where he was a Dean’s Scholar. David is a Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia and a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP).