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.


We are excited to bring you a new story this month — and to share with you how moms and dads are using NLA with their children.

It happened two weeks ago: Michael’s language development had been progressing in an expected fashion: moving from gestalts to mitigations, and recently, to single words. As long as we’ve known him, Michael has been a ‘story guy’! We loved his story references of course, but we wanted him to progress to the point that he could isolate single words at Stage 3, and eventually create his own stories. We were a little worried Michael wouldn’t be satisfied playing with Stage 3 single word combinations, because they just wouldn't let him express himself the way we knew he wanted to. But, we could never have predicted exactly what he would do with them.

He'd started out at Stage 1, using just his favorite books and movies as references — and little did we know they would re-emerge at Stage 3!

We learned from our ‘story guy’ that our favorite characters can always help us problem solve. Trixie, from Knuffle Bunny, was Michael’s ‘avatar’ as he was learning about life.

Fast forward to two weeks ago: Michael was helping his mom with putting away laundry, and his brother’s drawer was missing a knob. He tried to open it, but it was stuck.

Mom: It’s tricky.
Michael: Trixie!
Mom: Yeah, it is tricky!
Michael: Trix it! (fix it)

Michael has shown us that early gestalts can be used to communicate so much more than anyone would think.

NLA Study Group

Have you seen the NLA study group on Facebook? Check it out and join!

Students and professionals with background in understanding echolalia and gestalt language development can now share ideas for supporting our kids next steps in language development.

If you have not taken the NLA course through Northern Speech Services, that will bring you up to date.

Please join us, click here for more!

In case you haven't read the NLA book, here's a nice review:

"It is hoped that this important work will help educators, therapists and parents move to more contemporary understandings and practices."

Barry M. Prizant, Ph. D., CCC-SLP
Adjunct Professor
Brown University

"Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum: The Journey from Echolalia to Self-Generated Language is a wonderful resource that provides the most comprehensive consideration of echolalia and language characteristics of persons with autism to date."

"In this seminal work, Marge Blanc, an experienced clinician and clinical researcher, brings us back to a crucial understanding of language characteristics and language acquisition in ASD based on her deep understanding of language development from a social-pragmatic, child-centered perspective. Unfortunately, too many educators and therapists hold on to outdated and disproven perceptions of echolalia and gestalt language and attempt to 'treat' echolalia with a lack of knowledge of the historical context and research basis of our understanding of language development in ASD."

"By looking at echolalia only through a behavioral lens of pathology rather than through a developmental perspective based on research on autism and typical development, such practices may actually be hindering functional language development. It is hoped that this important work will help educators, therapists and parents move to more contemporary understandings and practices."

"This book is a 'must-read' for all who care about supporting social communication for persons with ASD based on research and sound clinical practice."

Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Adjunct Professor
Brown University

Director, Childhood Communication Services
Cranston, RI


Echolalia unscripted!

Echolalia communicates! And it jump-starts our students’ natural language development!

This ground-breaking book will show you how to:

  • Recognize the meaning and intentions behind echolalia
  • Support students on the autism spectrum from echolalia to self-generated language
  • Bring this information to families and your school teams
  • Connect with your students on the autism spectrum, and watch them grow!

NLA Book

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





 

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Calendar

Summer Session:

June 20 — August 12

First Day of Fall Session:

September 12, 2016

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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It's time to take a ride with The Wiggles in their big red car! We're Cameron and Courtney coming to you with a nice round of splits!










New NLA course

The second level NLA course has been viewed many times now and the reviews are in:

"I can hardly express how important this information is – it has the potential to revolutionize language therapy for autistic children all over the world. I hope it will become one of our field’s ‘best practices’ to embrace echolalia as the first step in the natural progression of language development for our clients with autism who are gestalt language processors. I believe ALL speech-language pathologists who work with children with autism should have to take this course – it’s that important. (I think it is telling that Barry Prizant recently praised Marge’s work in his recent book, Uniquely Human.) I plan to strongly recommend Levels 1 and 2 to my students and colleagues. I certainly hope there will be a Level 3 follow-up course, and that NLA will be a topic of discussion ASHA-wide!"

Check out the course here!

What's new on facebook?

Check out this thought-provoking and eye-opening blog post about "Motor Difficulties in Severe Autism," and other links in our CDC Facebook page!

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.

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