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Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) on the Autism Spectrum Book

Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) on the Autism Spectrum Book

The Journey from Echolalia to Self-Generated Language

By Marge Blanc, M.A., CCC-SLP

Toddler - Adult

Ages 2-20

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An autism speech therapy guidebook that revolutionizes the meanings and intentions behind echolalia.

The Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) on the Autism Spectrum book introduces the concept of 'invisible' echolalia, the kind that is easily overlooked in typically developing youngsters. It slips under the radar but in autism, it's really late. And obvious. And seemingly pervasive. That is the subject of this ground-breaking book. Echolalia in autistic children is just like the 'typical' variety, just much later.

NLA jump-starts language development by acknowledging echolalia as a stage of language development: the one a child is ready for and that can be shaped and supported towards the stages of language development. Undearstanding echolalia as a stepping stone in the journey toward meaningful language provides the opportunity to implement effective interventions and foster true language acquisition.

The Natural Language Acquisition book introduces a new way to "teach" language development, focusing on growing language as true development, natural development: Natural Language Acquisition. 

Who is this language learning resource helpful for?

Drawing from evidence-based practices and real-life case studies, the Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum book offers practical guidance for parents and professionals. It equips them with the tools to create language-rich environments, promote communication reciprocity, and nurture language development in a natural and supportive manner.

By implementing the principles of natural language acquisition, children and students make true development progress. Tuning into the intent of a child's language, the regulatory needs of the child, and their life context provides the appropriate support to real language development. 

What makes the Natural Language on the Autism Spectrum book so effective?

NLA includes information to assess and support language development in children who use echolalia, from the beginning stages to the advanced stages of language development. 

This language resource includes assessment protocol and treatment planning, inspiring stories, catchy illustrations, and extensive language samples. This book is a comprehensive resource designed to guide students through the stages of Natural Language Acquisition. 

Why Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs), teachers, and parents love this natural language generation protocol: 

  • The book is easy to read and full of information for therapists which makes learning a complex subject much more effective
  • It recommends child-led play and sensory regulation strategies, and it acknowledges both immediate and delayed echolalia¬†
  • It includes a variety of case studies, explanation of the research behind the program, and the theory behind gestalt language processing
  • It includes instructions on how to incorporate and build on scripting during language therapy sessions; students like how their scripts can be used and expanded to allow for communication to flow
  • It has become a reference that SLPs return to time and time again

Details:

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  • The Natural Language Acquisition Guide

    Written by Marge Blanc, M.A. CCC-SLP
    Illustrated by Jon G. Lyon

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  • Using the Natural Language Acquisition Protocol to Support Gestalt Language Development

    Written by Marge Blanc, Amanda Blackwell, and Paulina Elias

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  • FREE One-Hour Introduction to NLA w/ Marge Blanc, Paulina Elias, and Amanda Blackwell

  • This is a FREE one-hour, pre-recorded introductory¬†presentation with NLA author Marge Blanc describes the overall concept of gestalt language processing (GLP),¬†provides¬†some of the history of the scientific evidence, and provides a brief overview of the¬†stages of Natural Language Acquisition (NLA).

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Foreward

"Mrs. Carter, I know of a woman who is quite different in her approach to kids like your son. You may want to just visit her clinic and see how it feels as a next step in caring for Ben.‚ÄĚ I walked into Marge‚Äôs clinic and the sun came out. The place was covered in color: layers and layers of lycra hang from the ceiling, swings and platforms, slides and huge pillows everywhere. Mirrors and TV monitors, rooms of toys and kids running all around with smiling adults who appear to be having such fun.

As a family, we had exhausted every mode of therapy for our boy with autism and in the process, had exhausted him, our resources, and ourselves. Ben was frustrated, angry and bottled up tight as a drum. I scheduled a visit with Marge for Ben. He walked into ‚ÄúMarge‚Äôs‚ÄĚ and the magic began to bloom from his insides out.

I asked Marge early on, ‚ÄúIs there any way you can make him stop that blasted movie talk? He is making me nuts!‚ÄĚ Marge grinned and, with a twinkle in her eye, said, ‚ÄúThat boy is brilliant and he is talking to you!‚ÄĚ From the depths of my heart, I had no idea what she was talking about‚ÄĒand did I just hear a professional say my son was brilliant? I have heard them say retarded, stunted, slow like molasses, autistic, speech delayed and disabled, but this woman is grinning at me, winking at Ben, and calling him brilliant.

A few sessions pass with Marge and Brilliant Ben. I truly had no clue what they were doing together, but I do know that Ben ran down the hall, up the steps and down another hall as fast as he could to get to ‚ÄúMarge‚Äôs,‚ÄĚ and he did not want anyone to interrupt them when they were together.

In a few short sessions, a change comes over Benjamin the Brilliant: for the very first time in his young life, he made a human connection! Marge owned a knowledge of Ben that captivated him, propelled him to therapy, settled him, and inspired him. Marge was magical with Ben and he could not get enough of her. As the mama, I ask myself, ‚ÄúWhat on earth are they doing in there?‚ÄĚ It was loud, it was messy, a lot of banging and singing and bouncing and most of all, it was a whole lot of fun for that kid. Marge was laughing and my Ben was shining and grinning and changing.

We found a very mysterious help in this woman when brilliant Ben met his friend and teacher, ‚ÄúMarge‚Äôs.‚ÄĚ Our life as a family was about to improve drastically. If I had known that we would find Marge, I would not have cried so long and so hard and so often all those previous years! Brilliant Ben‚ÄĒshe called my Ben ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô‚ÄĒimagine: brilliant.

Read on. You will discover the mystery.

L.C., Parent

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