Providing speech, language, and social communication services to children of all ages for
15 years! We specialize in physically-supportive services to children with autism diagnoses, and others who benefit from sensorimotor supports.

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Offering seminars in Illinois!

If you’ve been reading our articles on Natural Language Acquisition, you know that language development is natural in our kids on the spectrum! From echolalia to self-generated language, our kids can do it! Echolalia is often hard-to-interpret, of course, but it’s so exciting to know it’s Step 1 of real language development in our ‘gestalt’ kids! Join Marge in Northbrook, IL on October 3, or Schaumburg, IL on November 14 – and learn how to put the principles of NLA into practice! Each seminar is a full day, and is a way for SLPs to extend their knowledge after taking the 3-hour on-line course or reading relevant articles.You will leave encouraged and empowered!

Here’s what some of the past seminar participants had to say:

"As an SLP and parent to children with ASD, I found this course to be a true gift. Marge Blanc’s book and live course have shed a new light on how we view and understand our children’s communication development. I was excited to hear that the language (echolalia) of the children I work with is on a natural, progressive developmental path that just needs to be appropriately supported. The tools for assessment are presented thoroughly along with examples of treatment goals and how to implement based on the child’s stage of communication. As if this was not enough, Marge presents this information with passion and clarity. Her love for her work and the clients she serves is contagious and inspiring. This information comes at the right time when so many of our clients need this to move forward. I highly recommend this course to both beginning and seasoned clinicians." (R.L., Speech-Language Pathologist)

"I can say without hesitation that your course and book is the most important information I have come across in 10 years. The need is there. We just need effective ways to get the message out." (J.S., Speech-Language Pathologist) __Asperger_Syndrome/1001584/Natural_Language_Acquisition_

Welcome to fall!

It's been great seeing all our kids again. We're happy to see that the transitions to school are going swimmingly!

To quote a reliable source:

"Guess what guys! I don't hate school this year!"

Just in case you missed it...

One of our reader's favorite articles is this short and sweet one on echolalia!

Check it out here!

yup! we're speechies!

SLPs are known as "speechies" and speech therapists, but our little buddy came up with the best label when he protested going some place other than our clinic:

"No — I'm sorry — Word girl!"


If you're an SLP, you can check out Marge's on-line course on language development from echolalia to self-generated grammar — and take it for ASHA credit! Take a look HERE at Northern Speech Services.

In the fall, you can bring your own language sample to score at the course in Madison, WI on September 12 — in Northbrook, IL on October 3 — or Schaunberg, IL on November 14.

Check the NSS website for more information.

What's New on facebook?

What do listening to music and speech have in common? Interestingly, it was found that music actually helps kids with processing language! You can check out this and other stories on our CDC Facebook page!

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We love to stay updated on the latest information! Feel free to tweet or follow our CDCTwitter (our Twitter handle is @ComDvlpCntr)!

NLA Forum

Many of you downloaded the form for scoring language samples with Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) protocol!

We hope you are finding success in identifying some "gestalts" (stage 1), "mitigations" (stage 2), and isolated words and combinations (stage 3) among your kids' language.

Please continue to send your questions to our email address:

Even if you've read the articles on echolalia, you may want to read about: dyspraxic speech support, language retrieval, and self-regulation.

Read more at our articles page.

ORDER the CDC book now!

NLA BookNatural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum: The Journey from Echolalia to Self-Generated Language is ready to be sent your way!

Reviews are starting to come in!
Check out the new book page for the latest.

Order your copy today!
$29.95 plus shipping and handling.

Here's what SLPs are saying:

"Marge's work will revolutionize your thinking about your child's language and help you understand the depth of meaning behind it!"
-- Megan Snow, M.S., CCC-SLP

"It has been a joy to share Natural Language Acquistion with parents, and witness their excitement the first time they participate in a meaningful and reciprocal conversation with their child with ASD. This book empowers parents and SLPs to fully appreciate and honor the language their children have, provides strategies and tools to facilitate further language development, and provides opportunities for families to experience mutually fulfilling and exciting communicative interactions."
-- Jessica Schmidt, M.S., CCC-SLP

There are two ways to order:

For orders in the United States, please click here:

For international orders:
Please send your name, billing address, and address to:

articles by Marge Blanc

Bringing It Home: Physical Supports for Speech at Home and in Other Environments

It's All Gibberish to Me: Redefining "Non-verbal"

More Than Words (Parts 1-6)

Click here for more articles by Marge Blanc


A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words

Out and about town:

"Aren’t big cities fun? I want to raise children here someday. The squirrel is back! I’m gonna have so much fun someday when I raise kids right here in Madison. I’m gonna live in that apartment right there."








Welcome to CDC!

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west side of Madison, WI, specializing in communication services for children who benefit from play and physical activity to support their interactions and language: children with challenges associated with autism, dyspraxia, and sensorimotor coordination. Please browse our site to learn more about us!

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Kid Quotes

Still Me!:

It's fun to use voices from some of our favorite characters, right?!? But who's really talking then:

A: Hey buddy, can you imitate yourself. I really like the real you!
T: I’m still the same me — just sound different

it Just takes one:

K: "There’s only one last squish, and this whole world makes me really happy."

It's all about words:

K: I can make a word! I can make a word! We're make a word!

a true comedian:

Who Knows I'm a funny kid, I'm so funnier than the other kids are!

Never let go of dreams:

A: There's camp randall!
T: I've always dreamed of going there!
A: You've never been there?
T: No, but I always dreamed about it!

Oldies but goodies:

what do you do when the batter on the opposing team is making your job as pitcher too easy?

C: Why are you so scareD It's just a softball.
A: (cowers from another pitch)
C: You're too scared. It's not coming at you.
A: (cowers yet again, and the pitcher continued to encourage her)
C: see it's not coming at you! see, it's not coming!

The Wallet Conundrum:

A: We can't today because I don't have any money.
c1: I don't have any money either because i don't know where my wallet is!
c2: i don't have a wallet because i don't have any money!

A: what's your super hero's name?
C: strong man!
A: What should the villain's name be?
C: Wrong man!

Imaginations run wild:
A: I'm going to Door County this week.
C: Oh, a county of doors you mean?
A: Yeah there are doors everywhere.
C: That must be in your imagination.

We'd love to include other favorite quotes from your kids, so when you have one, send it to us!

Chloe's Corner

Our friend chloe loves art!
With so many creative thoughts aNd ideas, why not dedicate a whole website to fill with imagination?!

Check it out

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