Beyond school readiness: 7 signs that your kindergarten, year 1 or year 2 child may have a language delay

There are some fantastic school readiness checklists and speech-language programs out there to help you help your child develop the language skills necessary for his or her first day at big school.  But what signs of language delay should you...

/ 29 March 2014

Banter Research Review 1: Stuttering Relapse – Video Self-Modelling vs Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

As we’ve said before, speech restructuring techniques like the Camperdown Program are effective, evidence-based interventions for adults who stutter (O’Brian et al., 2003).  But around one-third of adults treated with speech restructuring relapse within 6-12 months (Onslow et al., 1996)....

/ 20 March 2014

Tongue-ties and speech problems – is surgery supported by the evidence?

Tongue-tie (or ankyloglossia) is a ‘congenital condition in which the tip of the tongue cannot be protruded beyond the lower incisor teeth because of a short frenulum’ (Wallace, 1963).  Tongue-ties can cause problems with feeding and oral hygiene. Some health professionals...

/ 12 March 2014

Do kids learn how to string sentences together by listening to baby talk?

No. “Where’s the dolly? Here’s the dolly. You see the dolly, don’t you? Dolly smiling. Pretty dolly. “ Reading those words, you can almost hear the typical parent’s voice in your head: high-pitched, exaggerated intonation, slower than normal speech, and...

/ 10 March 2014

Reading heroes: the Fantastic Mr Flesch – phonics warrior and Plain English pioneer (1911-1986)

Unless you’re a word-nerd, like me, you probably haven’t heard of this gentleman.  But he’s done us all a great service.   Mr F, looking sage and stern. I first stumbled upon Flesch’s writing when I was working for an...

/ 7 March 2014

FAQ: Lisps

1. A minor problem? Many people think lisps are minor “first world problems”, like getting the wrong coffee at Starbucks or your iPhone earplugs getting tangled in your pocket.  That attitude really gets me riled up. Compared to disorders like...

/ 4 March 2014

Speech Talk 3: Raising Awareness of Language Learning Impairments (RALLI)

How common are language impairments? What does a language impairment actually look like in conversation? How do language impairments affect children and adults at school and at work?  Where can people get help to find a diagnosis and treatment?  What...

/ 4 March 2014

Nursery rhymes sung with an Australian accent

When sitting in traffic with Sons 1 and 2 – usually on route to Nippers or Soccer – I put on an audio-book or CD of kids’ music. It keeps the boys under control in the back – Son 1...

/ 2 March 2014

Test Scores: What do they mean?

Unless you have a background in statistics, interpreting your child’s language or speech test results can be a challenge. The purpose of this article is to explain what test scores mean in plain English. To keep things simple, we’ve focused...

/ 1 March 2014

Our Clinic

Welcome to Banter Speech & Language. Speech-language pathologists in the Inner West of Sydney. Call us on (02) 8757-3838 to make an appointment. Level 1, 85 Queen Street, North Strathfield. We are open Tuesday to Saturday, from before school or work to...

/ 28 February 2014