Christie’s Blog

Christie is a mom and a natural communication partner! Her blog is particularly instructive because Christie talks about how natural it was for *her* when her daughter emerged into Stage 4 — ‘dysfluencies’ and all.  Not true dysfluencies, Stage 4 brings ‘mazing’ with it. This is so common that we have now come to expect the phenomenon with a child’s first self-generated language. 

It’s because Stage 4 kids have no more ‘echos in the back of their heads.’ No more ‘intonations’ or ‘melodies’ to carry them forward! But Christie expected that of Stage 4! How? Mom’s intuition? Reading about it? A combination? Christie said she did worry at first — but witnessing the ebbs and flows of grammar development — and access — she quit worrying. You can too! 

Christie’s story is evolving…please stay tuned for more chapters!

Layla’s story. 1

Layla’s story. 2

Layla’s story. 3

Layla’s story.4

Layla’s story.5

“In this video, Layla is 4 years old. She was using mostly Stage 4 language, but she was fairly new to Stage 4 and still using a lot of Stage 2, especially outside of the home, during imaginary play, or with new people. Her sentences were small and you could hear that they were being carefully pieced together and that took effort. But she was experimenting with her new language and her sentences were growing every day. This is also around the same time we started to notice the mazing. At the time we didn’t immediately know what it was, and suspected she was maybe starting to develop a stutter. This also coincided with all of these ‘what’ questions she had about everything in life. It was either “what’s that?” “What is it?” or “What they/you doin?”

Looking back, this was probably Layla’s most awkward-sounding stage with the most noticeable differences, but big things were taking place, and she just needed support and patience at this point. Eventually as Stage 4 progressed, the periods of mazing came and went, almost always with a noticeable language leap as she was attempting and experimenting with harder things. Through talking to Marge to understand what mazing actually was, and witnessing the correlation between mazing and language growth, we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s as normal as leg pain is to a growth spurt. Marge also added this comment: ‘It’s interesting to see how Layla first tried to ask “What are those guys doing?” and when it was too hard, gradually shortened her question to “What they doing?” and then “What doing?” or “They doing?” so she could keep the conversation going. As we always say, “Meaning before grammar!’ “


Stage 4 wildly varied from beginning to end and the amount of effort our kids put into it is amazing. I feel blessed to have an understanding of NLA to be able to recognize and appreciate the beauty of our daughter’s language journey.” 

NLA SLP International Registry POLICIES

Here are the Communication Development Center Policies that we all probably agree on, because we care about our clients, potential clients, and their families. We want to remind everyone that we are not in competition with one another, rather as a team spreading our neurodiversity mindsets and providing Gestalt Language Processing and Natural Language Acquisition expertise with the world. We want potential clients to know who we are as professionals, but we don’t want to appear to be competing or end up competing with each other. We are all in this together, all learning, and all capable of learning more along with our clients and families, no matter how experienced or well educated we are.

We also presume that we are all SLPs, SLTS, SLPAS, CDAS, and not BCBAs and RBTs. We also presume that we are all ND-affirming, not compliance-based, use child-led therapy, are family focused, and acknowledge the principles of child development and the development of self-regulation.

Each of us is proud of the courses we’ve taken, readings we’ve done, in services we’ve provided in our school or clinic etc… but we’re not in competition with each other so our policy is to respect that our comment section reflects collegiality.

Here are some examples that might illustrate what families would be looking for:

  • Autistic SLP, specializing in ND-affirming client and family support
  • Multilingual; Indian subcontinent languages
  • Extensive experience 18 months-18 years
  • Experience with early childhood Stages 1, 2, and 3
  • Experience with children 18 months-10 years
  • Experience with older students up to 18-years
  • Experience with all ages through early 20s
  • Clinic-based and School-based experience and 2 NLA courses
  • In-home experience after taking the Natural Communication course in Spanish
  • Clinic-based experience with bilingual Hindi and English; completed Uncleft course
  • Team-based services in ND-affirming Elementary School
  • Currently taking the Natural Communication course after completing the Meaningful Speech course
  • OT supported co-treatment with some of our clinic-based clients using NLA and sensory integrative strategies
  • Actively learning about AAC supports for GLPs
  • AAC experience with apraxic/dyspraxic individuals and GLPs University clinic-based services for ALPs and GLPs of all ages
  • Remote services in underserved communities
  • Providing virtual consultative services in these locations

Since our goal is to both reflect your practice as you want to reflect it and maintain the collegiality we mentioned earlier, we will contact you if we feel that an edit to your listing would better reflect those values.