Hi, and welcome to the School Readiness Language Workshop.

I’m so glad you decided to join me.

If you’re looking to help your child get ready for school – if you think your preschooler might benefit from improving their listening and expressive language skills – you’re in the right place.

I’m David Kinnane, known by many as @speechbloke. I’m a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist based in Sydney, Australia; the founder of Banter Speech & Language, an independent speech pathology clinic; and the father of two boys.

Why school readiness matters

A child’s school readiness is:

  • predictive of academic outcomes (e.g. Snow, 2006); and
  • a strong indicator of ongoing and future success (e.g. Prior et al., 1993).

Cognitive and language abilities are more predictive of school readiness than social skills, behavioural problems, or even being read to at home. One of the most influential factors to predict school readiness is the child’s oral language competencies (listening and talking) (Prior et al., 2011).

Who are most at risk?

Some children are at a heightened risk of not being ready for school, including:

  • boys;
  • children with poor English skills (in English-speaking schools);
  • children with behavioural and emotional problems; and
  • children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

What does the course involve?

This practical course contains 20 modules – two a month, with more than 90 of our most frequently sought after therapy resources – arranged in a developmental sequence. Tried and tested in our busy speech pathology clinic, and used by speech pathologists and teachers from all around the world, these resources form a self-paced structured program suitable for parents to work through with their preschoolers – especially for those who need a bit of extra support.

This course is designed primarily for preschoolers aged 36 months or older who are already speaking in 3-5 (or more) word phrases. If your preschooler is not talking at all, or using only single words or occasional 2-word phrases, we recommend first consulting with a local certified practising speech pathologist who can help using early language stimulation and child-led strategies. You can read more about this type of therapy here.

My job here is to help you to support your child’s language development before school starts.

This course is designed to give you the tools you need to support your child’s language skills. At your pace, and from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Please have a look around this website for lots of free, evidence-based tips on language communication, including information on school readiness and the importance of oral language skills.

Now, if you need support or want to share your success story, please reach out to us.

Again, welcome to The School Readiness Language Workshop. Where we support you to help your child get ready for listening and talking at ‘big school’.

Banter Speech & Language Banter Speech & Language
Banter Speech & Language is an independent firm of speech pathologists for adults and children. We help clients in our local area, including Concord, Concord West, North Strathfield, Rhodes, and Strathfield, and all other suburbs of Sydney.

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 PreLit early literacy preparation program by MultiLit, 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). David is a part-time Associate Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney’s Graduate School of Health. David sits on Speech Pathology Australia’s Ethics Board and Professional Standards Advisory Committee.

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