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

Off the cuff: How to give an impromptu speech without embarrassing yourself

“And now I’d like to invite him up here to say a few words. David, take it away.” Words that to this day fill me with dread. Impromptu speaking When prepared, I’m a decent public speaker. As a speech pathologist...

/ 24 January 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

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

Start 2017 off on the right foot: Defrazzle Time to improve your child’s behaviour and language skills

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. But, in 2017, I’m keen to be a better dad, husband and speech pathologist. I also want to share more practical, evidence-based strategies people can use to improve their lives. Over the break,...

/ 31 December 2016

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