We assess and treat adults for:
and other communication delays, disorders, disabilities and problems, including voice issues associated with Parkinson’s Disease.
We assess clients to:
- evaluate whether they have a language, speech, literacy, stuttering or other disorder and, if so,
- recommend how best to treat or manage it.
To assess a client properly, we need to identify any problem and to understand how it affects the client’s participation in his or her real world activities, e.g. at home or work. To save clients time (and money), we ask new clients to fill in a detailed questionnaire before their first assessment session to give us enough information to plan appropriate assessments.
Depending on a client’s needs, we use a combination of formal and informal assessment methods, including standardised assessments, interviews, observations, analyses of language and speech samples, perceptual assessments, and tailored tests to produce a holistic picture of a client’s communicative strengths and weaknesses across a range of environments.
One-to-one speech, oral language, voice and stuttering therapy
If a client is assessed as having a disorder – and the research evidence supports an effective treatment for it – we will work with the client’s family to develop a management plan, with specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound goals appropriate for the client.
A standard one-to-one-therapy session is 30 minutes, during which we will normally pursue 3 or 4 goals. Depending on the client’s needs and priorities, sessions can be highly structured and drill-based, involve more natural functional activities or (as is usually the case) a combination of both.
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).