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Read non-fiction books to your kids Part 2: our booklist!

We promised. Now here it is: our favourite non-fiction books for late talkers, preschoolers and young school-aged kids! Over the years, all of these books have won at least one rave review from the toughest of critics: our clients. How Things Work by…

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Read non-fiction books to your late talkers and preschoolers: here's why

Stories dominate many early childhood classrooms, libraries and homes (e.g. Guo et al., 2013). We love good stories too. But, recently, we’ve added more non-fiction books into our programs for late-talking and preschooler clients. Why? Knowledge of the…

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Poor Santa! So many presents to find, for so many little people, with so little time! Luckily, we’ve been on the case, searching high and low for the best books to help stimulate preschoolers’ language development – from the Galston Rotary Giant Book Fair…

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To top off a fantastic (if hectic!) few months of change and growth at Banter, we have yet more exciting news to announce: Georgia Clarke has now joined our team in our new paediatric clinic in North Strathfield! Georgia is: dual-qualified as a Speech…

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Will my child recover from stuttering? Factors that might help us predict recovery chances

About 4% to 8% of children stutter at some point during early childhood (Yairi & Ambrose, 2013). Stuttering usually starts without warning between the ages of 2 1/2 and 4 years of age. Here’s the good news: at least 80% of young children who stutter will…

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Yes to the Phonics Check: my 'why' in 10 points

A few readers have asked for my views on the proposed Phonics Screening Check for all Year 1 students in Australia. I’m against testing kids for testing’s sake. I know many overworked, and under-resourced teachers oppose the check for a range of reasons.…

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"Why should I let my late-talker play with other kids?" Because play promotes learning: here's why and how

Yesterday morning, while sunburning myself to a crisp, I watched my sons muck around at Austinmer beach. They were out of earshot, but appeared to be playing a game where Son 1 would “defend” Son 2 from oncoming waves by diving dramatically in front of…

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On behalf of the Banter Speech & Language team, We’re thrilled to announce that our new clinic – at 115 Queen Street, North Strathfield – is officially open! Thanks to all our clients, staff and followers for the amazing support (and patience) during our…

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Defrazzle, explore, re-engage and stimulate higher level language skills with new sights and sounds

Leonardo Da Vinci. Benjamin Franklin. Marie Curie. Albert Einstein. Ursula Le Guin. Steve Jobs. Great lives; with not much in common, except burning curiosity about the worlds they lived in. If you want your kids to talk more, follow their interests. If…

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Too many stories, not enough facts? Free tips and resources to boost your child's knowledge and reading comprehension skills

Reading comprehension is complex. Teaching kids evidence-based comprehension strategies helps. But it’s not enough (e.g. Catts & Kahmi, 2017). Kids also need to learn – and to organise – knowledge about: words; different kinds of reading (e.g. stories and…
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