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

FAQ: What’s the difference between speech and language?

A mum (not my own) asked me this question recently.  She wanted to know why I’m called a Speech-Language Pathologist. “Isn’t that redundant?,” she asked.  “Aren’t speech and language the same thing?” Having assessed and treated speech and language disorders as...

/ 26 February 2014

Speech Talk 2: Patricia Kuhl – the linguistic genius of babies

Dr Patricia Kuhl has more accolades and titles than Queen Victoria.  Among her many achievements and roles, she is a co-director at the Institute for Brain and Learning Sciences at Washington University. Dr Kuhl studies early brain and language development...

/ 21 February 2014

“But he holded it and broked it and then he goed away!” Why do some children speak this way?

A direct quote from Son 2, when he was aged about 3.  I think his brother had seized and re-modelled one of Son 2’s precious Duplo-Lego-Rocket sculptures and stashed the remnants in his bedroom. At the time, I recall my...

/ 20 February 2014

Speech Talk 1: Steven Pinker – on language

Steven Pinker is one of our favourite language scientists.  Although he has his critics, he doesn’t mask his thoughts with academic jargon and impenetrable prose.  You know where he stands, even if you disagree with some of his more “hard line” views...

/ 19 February 2014

Jack and Jill and that hill

Son 2 came home from his second day of school (okay, this was a couple of weeks ago) with this fine work: I love the look of joy in the kids’ faces as they set off on their trip by...

/ 19 February 2014

FAQ: In what order and at what age should my child have learned his/her speech sound consonants?

Stop right there. When it comes to speech, be wary of words like “should”.  Sure, we have lots of validated ways of measuring whether a child’s speech is impaired, and there are reams of research papers analysing things like the...

/ 18 February 2014

Do we spend too much time on rhyming books? What else should we do to prepare pre-schoolers to read?

Duck in the Truck The Cat in the Hat Madeline, with her vines and twelve little girls in two straight lines All great, fun books to read aloud – my sons love them; and so do I. But do we...

/ 18 February 2014

Helping toddlers with their first words – mix it up and make them useful (the words, not the toddlers)!

A couple of years ago, in a trendy Inner West cafe, I spied a Very Committed Dad sitting across from his terribly young daughter.  They could barely see each other over the small mountain of branded flashcards in the middle...

/ 17 February 2014

So what do Speech Pathologists do?

That’s a question we get asked a lot.  I’m not surprised. Compared to other professions, like medicine or law, Speech Pathology is a young profession.  The scope of what we do keeps expanding as more research is published on speech,...

/ 16 February 2014