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15 years! We specialize in physically-supportive services to children with autism diagnoses, and others who benefit from sensorimotor supports.

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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 10:30 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 language 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

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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One of our moms gave her athletic boy a free pass to a yoga class. less than excited, he went to please his mom and after class asked:

"Are their any side effects?"

As some of our guys get bigger and stronger, their endearing ways of engaging their play partners change. our buddy wanted to toss one of his partners into the ball pit and knew it was going to be a challenge. he suggested:

"Pretend you're light weight!"

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An artist's imagination has no end! This is definitely clear in the case of our artist friend, Chloe!

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