Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum

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Connect With Your Students Who Use Echolalia And Watch Them Grow!

This ground-breaking book will show you how to:

  • Recognize the meaning and intentions behind echolalia.

  • Support autistic students from echolalia to self-generated language.

  • Bring this information to families and your school teams.

"Marge's work will revolutionize your thinking about your child's language and help you understand the depth of meaning behind it!"

– Kristen P., MS, CCC-SLP

Also See: NLA Training Series


Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum introduces us to 'invisible' echolalia, the kind we barely pay attention to in our typically-developing youngsters. It slips under the radar, and we think nothing of it. But in autism, it's really late. And obvious. And seemingly pervasive. And that's the subject of this ground-breaking book. Echolalia in our autistic children is just like the 'typical' variety, just later, much later. The good news, though, is that it communicates, and it jump-starts language development!

Echolalia unscripted! Echolalia communicates!

And it jump-starts our students' natural language development!

Read this book, and you will learn all you need to know to understand your students who use echolalia. You will learn to listen for meaning, to present language at the right level, and to support your students towards the next steps of NATURAL language development.

Research determined decades ago that kids who use echolalia are communicating — and jump-starting their journey towards self-generated language. NLA builds on that foundation and reports the progress of students over time. It tells the real stories of real kids and empowers professionals and parents to track the heart and meaning of children's expression. It gives professionals and parents the freedom to 'be there' with children — to truly listen and to converse in a form that is meaningful to each child.


"This book feels very personal, but it's bigger than that – it is profound and awe-inspiring." – Megan S., MS, CCC-SLP

NLA does this by acknowledging echolalia as a stage of language development: the one a child is ready for as we shape and support it towards the stages of language development. No longer are we tempted to 'teach' language like a skill. Now we can grow language as true development, natural development: Natural Language Acquisition.

As we learn to implement the principles of natural language acquisition, kids make progress, true, developmental progress. When we tune into the intent of a child's language, the regulatory needs of the child, and the child's life context, we can provide appropriate support for real language development.

Open your mind to a new understanding: our autistic kids are communicating with us! They are doing their best, at their language-development level! And they will be able to develop more sophisticated forms of communication with you as their guide.

Open this book, and share it with the others who support your students on this ride of life.

Enjoy!


"I love this book. It has totally changed the way I think about echolalia and scripted language." Cristi D., SLP

"This is the language course we missed in school." Leslie W., MA, CCC-SLP

"I now own two copies of your book and have read it in its entirety, but have read certain sections repeatedly...sometimes with tears in my eyes, because it is so beautiful. I integrated your work into my grad course in ASD this past July, and shared your writings and ideas with my students." – L.S., PhD, CCC-SLP

"Marge's work will revolutionize your thinking about your child's language and help you understand the depth of meaning behind it!" Megan S., MS, CCC-SLP

"This book feels very personal, but it's bigger than that: it is profound and awe-inspiring."
– Kristen P.L., MS, CCC-SLP

"A few weeks ago, someone recommended this book to me. I'm only halfway through, but it has really changed how I do therapy (or want to do therapy) with a couple of my kids!" – Kori M., SLP

"Thank you for your work in helping children with Autism. I was floored by how much insight it has given me into my own students!" – SLP


"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

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What's Included

Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum

Target Audience

For SLPs, Educators and Parents working with autistic children ages 2 to 20 years old.

This book is useful:

  • As guidance for parents and educators.
  • As a textbook for classes in language development.
  • As a resource book for Speech-Language Pathologists.

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

From assessment protocol and treatment planning to inspiring stories, catchy illustrations, and extensive language samples, this book has everything needed to guide students through the stages of Natural Language Acquisition!

Author

Marge Blanc, MA, CCC-SLP, is the Director of the Communication Development Center (CDC) in Madison, Wisconsin, the non-profit clinic she founded in 1997. Until two years ago, CDC provided individualized physical and linguistic support for neurotypical and neuro-divergent children and young adults with complex communication profiles. Now CDC is the center of a growing international effort to share research and resources about gestalt language development.

Marge began combining clinical practice and clinical research in 1994 after she met her first autistic client as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin. Recognizing his ‘delayed echolalia,’ Marge delved into the work of Barry Prizant, Ann Peters, and other qualitative researchers who had documented gestalt language processing (GLP) as a way of processing language naturally — and outlined the stages of gestalt language development. After her client followed the stages in the way predicted by Prizant, Marge decided to follow Prizant’s recommendation to conduct research to describe that process in detail. Founding her clinic in 1997, Marge continued to document how GLPs develop language from ‘delayed echolalia’ to self-generated language. Marge coined the term Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) to describe that process, and to emphasize the fact that ‘echolalia’ is not a pathology and should be recognized as the first stage of gestalt language development.

Marge first used the term ‘NLA’ in 2005 when she published the article, “Finding the Words: to Tell the Whole Story,” based on the case study of her first autistic GLP. Marge continued her clinical research until 2010, and assembled her findings in the book, Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum: the Journey from Echolalia to Self-Generated Language, published in 2012. Endorsed by Prizant as “the most comprehensive consideration of echolalia and language characteristics of persons with autism to date,” the NLA book is known as a “seminal work” that “brings us back to a crucial understanding of language characteristics and language acquisition in ASD…” (Prizant, 2015)

NLA describes the first four stages of gestalt language development identified by Prizant, adds the two additional stages researchers had identified as further grammar development, and quantifies the developmental process. NLA can be used in assessment, measuring progress, and supporting the process of gestalt language development. The NLA book became the sourcebook for the courses, the presentations, and the resources that now have proliferated.

Along with Prizant and two other colleagues, Marge presented NLA at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention in 2014. Lillian Stiegler was in that audience, and recognizing the significance of NLA, this seasoned CSD professor wrote an AJSLP review article bringing NLA to the academic community in 2015. Marge then authored several NLA presentations and workshops on NLA in 2016, and these steps spawned a movement that is now taking NLA into countries in North, South, and Central America, Europe, and Asia. Marge’s pioneering research is helping SLPs, SLTs, and other speech and language professionals understand that echolalia is meaningful communication, and the first stage in the journey towards self-generated language.

Marge is the author of three online continuing education programs offered through Northern Speech Services: Natural Language Acquisition in Autism: From Echolalia to Self-Generated Language (Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3). Her most recent course adds crucial insights to the foundational courses of Levels 1 and 2, and dives deep into the stages of Natural Language Acquisition from Stage 1 (use of gestalts) to Stage 6 (use of complex grammar). Marge also presents regularly to school districts and other educational organizations, and provides networking and education for Speech-Language Pathologists through the CDC website, www.communicationdevelopmentcenter.com 

Presenter Disclosures:

Financial — Marge Blanc is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; royalties are received by the Communication Development Center.

Financial — Marge Blanc is the author of the book, "Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum: The Journey from Echolalia to Self-Generated Language"; she does not receive royalties, however, the non-profit Communication Development Center does.

Nonfinancial — Marge Blanc is the founder and director of the Communication Development Center (CDC) in Madison, WI; she does not receive any compensation in this role.

Customer Reviews

"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

"I love Marge Blanc’s work. She mentions that NLA is useful for neurodivergent and neurotypical gestalt language learners." – Lawra E., SLP

"I love this book. It has totally changed the way I think about echolalia and scripted language."  – Cristi D., SLP

"I love this book. I reference it often." – Steffani W., SLP

"A few weeks ago, someone recommended this book to me. I'm only halfway through, but it has really changed how I do therapy (or want to do therapy) with a couple of my kids!" – Kori M., SLP

"Thank you for your work in helping children with Autism. I was floored by how much insight it has given me into my own students!" – SLP

"I now own two copies of your book and have read it in its entirety, but have read certain sections repeatedly. . . .sometimes with tears in my eyes, because it is so beautiful. I integrated your work into my grad course in ASD this past July, and shared your writings and ideas with my students." – L.S., PhD, CCC-SLP

"This is the language course we missed in school." Leslie W., MA, CCC-SLP

"Marge's work will revolutionize your thinking about your child's language and help you understand the depth of meaning behind it!" – Megan S., MS, CCC-SLP

"This book feels very personal, but it's bigger than that: it is profound and awe-inspiring." – Kristen P.L., MS, CCC-SLP

"This book is marvelous!" – Kjersten S., MS, CCC-SLP

"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." – SLP

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