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CHAT SLP Team Gathers for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

We closed our clinic on Monday, October 11, in observance of Indigenous Peoples' Day, and gathered our staff for team-building. ...

Let’s CHAT about Hyperlexia: Echolalia

If you quickly google “echolalia,” the first definition you might see is “the meaningless, or unsolicited, repetition of ...

Speech Therapy and Mental Health Advocacy: What is Our Role?

This presentation discusses the top mental health conditions in children in the US currently--ADHD, emotional-behavioral issues/disorders, and anxiety/depression--and ...

API Heritage Month

May marks both Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Better Speech and Hearing Month! With heightened anti-Asian violence, India’s COVID-19 crisis, and the invisibilization of Pacific ...

Let’s CHAT about Hyperlexia: Templates

Templates are consistent written prompts that help organize information or create a narrative. Templates can provide structure to language tasks that ...

Comprehensive and Inclusive View of Stuttering Management and Therapy

Image: @JustStutter This presentation discussed a comprehensive and inclusive approach to stuttering therapy for which the intended outcome ...

Voice Hygiene for the Educational Professional

April 16th is World Voice Day. In recognition, we are sharing the timely presentation given to our whole team by one of ...

Let’s CHAT about Hyperlexia: Scripts

Scripts are written language that we expect our HxL to use expressively (through spoken or signed language or via AAC). These ...

Let’s CHAT about Hyperlexia: Labeling and Describing

Many hyperlexic learners (HxLs) have incredible capacity for memory that a neurotypical person can only dream of having. Due to their memory and ...

Music & Language: Effectiveness of using Music in Speech Therapy

Music and language are both universal constructs that can be adapted and used in many ways. When we ...

Let’s CHAT About Hyperlexia: Social Narratives – Emotions and Feelings

Our last hyperlexia post introduced using social narratives to help prime our HxL for new experiences or expectations. We also touched briefly ...

If friendship is the heart of love, then this therapy story may melt your heart.

Best friends in so many ways, two of CHAT’s high school students came to speech together every week ...

Uplifting African American English (AAE)

CHAT uplifts African American English (AAE), a dialect shared by many Black communities in the United States. Complex and systematic, AAE not only reflects the intricacies of human language, but also ...

Black History Month Feature – Coach John Chaney

Today’s Black History Month post features influential Black athletes and coaches, all of whom have paved the way ...

Let’s CHAT about Hyperlexia: Social Narratives

Social narratives, frequently known as “Social Stories,” are an extremely helpful tool when introducing a new scenario, elaborating on ...

Introduction to Neurodiversity

Please note that within this blog, CHAT will use identity-first language (i.e. Autistic person, rather than person with Autism), as many activists in ...

Childhood Apraxia of Speech – Evaluation

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a condition involving difficulty with planning and programming movements for speech. With ...

Let’s CHAT about Hyperlexia: Written Expectations

Expectations are behaviors or actions that are expected to occur, while unexpected behaviors or actions are those that ...

Let’s CHAT about Hyperlexia: Written Schedules

Schedules are a staple of all therapy sessions, but are especially useful for hyperlexic learners (HxLs). Not only ...

Let’s CHAT about Hyperlexia: Written Supports

Recently, CHAT held a professional development session for our team to discuss all things hyperlexia. At CHAT, all of our therapists are ...

Matthew Rushin

As our country continues to amplify the injustice within our criminal legal system, CHAT uplifts youth with communication diagnoses ...

Adolescent Language

Approximately 19% of students who receive special education supports have a speech or language impairment, including many middle ...

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month! Please note that within this blog we are using the words Native and Indigenous, as ...

Let’s CHAT about Hyperlexia: Gestalt Processing

Hello Hyperlexia Family,  It was challenging to settle on the first topic to discuss in our Hyperlexia Blog series. It's ...

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