We assess and treat children for:
and other communication delays, disorders, disabilities and problems.
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, pre-school, school 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 play/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).