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Endorsed by Barry Prizant!

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

"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 Unfortunately, too many educators and therapists hold on to outdated and disproven perceptions of echolalia and gestalt language and attempt to 'treat' echolalia with a lack of knowledge of the historical context and research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!

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Join us at the Autism Society of WI Conference April 30 - May 2 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells!

Temple Grandin is the keynote speaker on Friday, May 1, 2015. Her talk is, "How People with Autism Feel & Think.”

If you have never heard her in person, now is your chance!

Here is the link to register.

Then stay to hear Marge at 1:30 on Friday, May 1. Here’s the description of her talk, "Echolalia to Self-Generated Language: Language Development in Autism," and is intended for parents and educators at the elementary and middle school level.

Echolalia: we know it communicates. But the best news is that spontaneous echolalia is a part of language development for our kids! When kids remember and use echolalic language hours later — and particularly days later — that’s evidence that it’s part of their internal language system. This ‘delayed echolalia’ is the ‘language soup’ that self-generated language will emerge from — if we provide the right help along the way! This session presents a proven system for supporting kids through echolalia — and towards flexible, original language. Once you know how it works, you won’t have to rely on teaching scripts again!

To see if you might be interested, look at these ‘learner objectives’:

  • Attendees will recognize the communicative value of echolalia.
  • Attendees will recognize the language development level of echolalia, and the progression towards self-generated language.
  • Attendees will understand the first steps in supporting langauge development in students who use echolalia.


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.”

What's New on facebook?

One of our teens is creating a series of food-bar menus: "Using Menus as a Treatment Tool"

Check out this and other stories on our CDC Facebook page!

Conversations about natural language acquisition

If you haven't already, check out Jeff Stepen's "Conversations in Speech Pathology" podcast. Jeff interviewed Marge for episodes 6 and 7 and his latest is an hour and a half discussion about using NLA in different environment. Check these out HERE!

Jeff is an SLP who works in public schools and has a small clinic in the Chicago area. His thoughts about using NLA in different settings is both insightful and a great starting point for this conversation with Marge.

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



A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words


Last day of Spring Semester:

Friday, May 29

Summer Session:

Monday, June 15 – Friday, August 7

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Featuring ...

Welcome to our new column, featuring one or two of our superstars each month! This month's superstars are "M" and "B." Here's a picture of "M."

As you can see, M is an athlete who likes to play whatever sport is "in season." During the summer we play baseball and soccer (of course for the World Cup). And in the fall and winter we play football.

But M is learning that sometimes friends like to mix it up and play other things. What's more exciting than building a city and then have a bandit rampage that very city?!

"He's on the loose! The underwear bandit!"

Now let's turn to "B."

B is younger, but an athlete too. He never knew how good he was until he tried some more extreme sports like downhill skiing in Colorado! He came back with new skills and can make a swing FLY around a room by just pulling with his super strong arms and pushing with his super strong legs.

B is also a great TALKER, after only having a few months to practice! Now, for the first time in his whole life, he knows how to get his voice going, so he's teaching his friends to LISTEN to him. They're not used to B talking so much yet, so they're not very good listeners. But read what B said when he saw a great swing hanging on the wall:

"It's on (the) wall! (When) it's off, (my) arms (can) hold on."