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

The forgotten reading skill: fluency, and why it matters

Without Google or Wikipedia, can you name all the members of the Jackson 5? Everyone knows Michael. Most of us over the age of 35 know Jermaine. After a bit of effort, some of us will remember Tito and Marlon....

/ 27 February 2017

Teaching the alphabet to your child? Here’s what you need to know

1. Letter names are not the same as speech sounds  In English: writing takes the form of a sound-based, alphabetic code. The letters we use are to a large extent determined by how words sound; letters of the alphabet have names...

/ 19 February 2017

Is your child struggling to read? Here’s what works

On reflection, I’m incredibly lucky. Both my parents were teachers. Growing up, my house was full of chatter, stories and books. My early state school education in regional Victoria was long on “old school” phonics and short on fads. I learned...

/ 8 February 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

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