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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Marge’s on-line course on Natural Language Acquisition is available from Northern Speech Services HERE. The course is entitled Natural Language Acquisition in Autism: Echolalia To Self-Generated Language, and can be taken for ASHA CEUs.

Here are some of the things SLPs have said about the course:

"It was outstanding, well presented, easy to follow. Just outstanding”

“The entire content was useful. I appreciated the review of research supporting the clinical approach. I appreciated the consistent review of the model/framework which makes formulating a treatment plan attainable.”

“Thanks for the research and the evaluation and treatment information. This class affirmed what my clinical instinct has been telling me about teaching these to children to communicate. You may have to crawl in the window and llive in their house awhile, to help them eventually walk out the front door of communication.”

“I especially appreciate having articles and handouts highlighted to share with co-workers and families.”

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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.

Just in case you missed it...

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

Check it out here!

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

ORDER the CDC book now!

NLA BookMarge’s book, Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum: The Journey from Echolalia to Self-Generated Language (2012) is now exclusively available through Northern Speech Services here. The price remains the same and here is the link to purchase it.

Check out the book page for book reviews.

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


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A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words


Spring Break:

Monday, March 30 – Saturday, April 4

Last day of Spring Semester:

Friday, May 29

Summer Session:

Monday, June 15 – Friday, August 7

Welcome to CDC!

We are a small, non-profit clinic on the
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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Famous Quotations

We overheard one of our SLPAs say the following. I love my job. One of my good buddies wrote this. It makes me think of a Winnie the Pooh quote: "It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like 'what about lunch?’"

From ‘the mouths of babes’ comes a wonderful dialogue and narrative about how important communication is.

In the following quote, Blue Ivy is a frog, Dot is a fish, and N is the young narrator:

B: Well. I’m Blue Ivy.

D: And I’m Dot.

B: And we already met but sometimes, Dot, I don’t undertand that you do fish talk because I don’t understand much about that.

D: Well, I can teach you some time.

B: You can?

D: Yeah.

N: And Dot and Blue Ivy became best of friends for all times.

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