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, language, literacy, stuttering, voice, and swallowing disorders.

Banter Speech & Language specialises in helping:

preschool and school-aged children to:


  • who want to speak more clearly for work or other reasons, e.g. those who are worried their accent is holding them back;
  • who are recovering from strokes; and

Other speech pathologists work in hospitals helping adults to swallow safely, or newborn babies to feed.  Some work in rehabilitation and health centres, e.g. giving therapy to people who have brain injuries or helping head and neck cancer patients communicate after surgery.  And still others work in Community Health or in schools, with advanced skills and experience supporting clients with complex needs and disabilities.

At Banter Speech & Language, we know our limitations – no speech pathologist can be an expert in everything.  You deserve the best treatment available.  We know when to refer clients onto specialists in other areas – and we know many of the best specialists in the business.

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Hi there, I’m David Kinnane.

Principal Speech Pathologist, Banter Speech & Language

Our talented team of certified practising speech pathologists provide unhurried, personalised and evidence-based speech pathology care to children and adults in the Inner West of Sydney and beyond, both in our clinic and via telehealth.

David Kinnane
Speech-Language Pathologist. Lawyer. Father. Reader. Writer. Speaker.

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