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.

CDC News

Happy ThanksGiving!

Welcome to fall!

It's been great seeing all our kids again. We're happy to see that the transitions to school are going swimmingly!

To quote a reliable source:

"Guess what guys! I don't hate school this year!"

Just in case you missed it...

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

Check it out here!

yup! we're speechies!

SLPs are known as "speechies" and speech therapists, but our little buddy came up with the best label when he protested going some place other than our clinic:

"No — I'm sorry — Word girl!"


If you're an SLP, you can check out Marge's on-line course on language development from echolalia to self-generated grammar — and take it for ASHA credit! Take a look HERE at Northern Speech Services.

In the fall, you can bring your own language sample to score at the course in Madison, WI on September 12 — in Northbrook, IL on October 3 — or Schaunberg, IL on November 14.

Check the NSS website for more information.

What's New on facebook?

What do listening to music and speech have in common? Interestingly, it was found that music actually helps kids with processing language! You can check out this and other stories on our CDC Facebook page!

Tweet! Tweet!

We love to stay updated on the latest information! Feel free to tweet or follow our CDCTwitter (our Twitter handle is @ComDvlpCntr)!

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.

ORDER the CDC book now!

NLA BookNatural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum: The Journey from Echolalia to Self-Generated Language is ready to be sent your way!

Reviews are starting to come in!
Check out the new book page for the latest.

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

There are two ways to order:

For orders in the United States, please click here:

For international orders:
Please send your name, billing address, and address to:

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 Says a Thousand Words


Thanksgiving break:

Wednesday, November 26 –
Friday, November 28

Winter Break:

Friday, Dec. 19 — fall semester ends
Mon., Jan. 5 — spring semester begins

Spring Break:

Monday, March 30 – Friday, April 3

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!

For some of the latest thinking on ASD and child development, please like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter!

Famous Quotations

"Prehistoric nest dinosaur hat"

Halloween reminds us of ... dinosaur hats and zombies! Does it you?

One of our teenagers began his Halloween story by changing from a human into A zombie, after a close call with an avalanche of pillows. He then turned his play partners, one-by-one, into a gang of Zombie Friends. Their identities remained even afterwards, as one found out as she took off for Culver’s. “Bye, bye, Zombie Friend” was her send-off.

Another of our young adults quickly put his Halloween pumpkin into a relevant story, calling it “Prehistoric nest dinosaur hat.”

No in-the-box thinking here!

On the other hand, if you’re forming a soccer team, you want to know everyone’s real credentials. Our budding coach sized up the potential:

C: Raise your hand if you’re the best at soccer.
A: (no one raises their hand)
C: Raise your hand if you played college soccer?
A: (still no response; and the coach had to lower his expectations)
C: High school soccer?
A: (*crickets*)
C: Midvale soccer?
A: (*more crickets*)
C: Kid soccer?
A: I don’t think any of us have ever played soccer.

At this point, the coach resigned himself to a rigorous training schedule!

From one of our readers, Tucking her daughter in at night:

C: What does “ameno” mean?
A: I don’t know. Where did you hear it?
C: L ameno P!

This Mom reported that she can remember the revelation when she figured that out too!

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

Outer space