Chatter Box Newsletter (Issue 3, Summer 2013)

Issue 3 | Summer 2013

Chatty Child Center Moves to 325 Broadway

In June, the Chatty Child Speech Therapy Center moved to 325 Broadway, Suite 403 (between Worth & Thomas Streets in Tribeca).

The new location has all of the same great features and is more conveniently accessible from the N, R, Q, A, C, E & 6 NYC MTA Subway stops on Canal Street or the 1, 2 or 3 NYC MTA Subway stops at Chambers or Franklin.

If you haven't been to our new location, contact us to make an appointment or plan your next visit: call 347.491.4451 or email chattychildny(at)

Chatty Child's Heather Boerner Featured on NY Metro Parent's Ask the Expert 5-Part Series

Chatty Child's Heather Boerner was featured in Kaitlin Ahern's NY Metro Parents Ask the Expert 5-part series. Below is an excerpt from the series intro with links to each of the articles:

Manhattan speech-language pathologist Heather Boerner explains the common types and causes of feeding disorders in children, including reflux, low muscle tone, structural issues, aspiration, and oral sensory deficits, and how they are diagnosed.

Connected Kids @ Chatty Child

Sonya Kashlan Occupational Therapist (OT) is now accepting RSA DOE work through her company Connected Kids which is housed at the Chatty Child Center! 

Services Provided: OT Evaluation Services; Handwriting Evaluation Services; Treatment Sessions Private and RSA; School Consultations; Child and Family Advocacy; Family Training Sessions; Information Sessions; Group Therapy Session.

Specializing in: Sensory Integration; Autism and PDD; Sensory-Motor Integration; Visual-Motor integration; Neuro-Developmental Treatment ; Handwriting remediation; Fine motor skill acquisition and Grasp remediation; Medically Complex Population; Limb-kinetic Apraxia, Ideomotor Apraxia, Constructional Apraxia, and Ideational Apraxia.

Summer Activities for Children

Here are some speech, language and OT activities for the summer season:

Speech Summer Activities

Seashell / Rock Collection

  • Collect seashells and/or rocks. Have your child place the items he or she is collecting on the beach into a colored bucket.

  • At the end of the day have your child remove each rock and shell from his or her bucket. As each item is removed from the bucket have them describe how the items feels. For example, this rock is hard, this rock is smooth, this shell is pointy or sharp.

  • Have them describe each item as they take them out. At the end of the activity have your child pick their three favorite items.

  • You can also have your child make a picture out of rocks and seashells by pasting the collection onto posterboard.


Go Bananas!
Pretend you child is a monkey and he needs to hang on the “trees” to get his bananas. Using playground equipment, railing or fence, find a safe place for your child to hang from. Be ready to catch your child if he falls and make him feel safe while hanging. With arms straight, as he holds on tight, count out loud how many bananas he earns as he hangs. To make it more challenging, have your child lift his knees up.

Chalk It UP!
Side walk chalk is always fun! Why not add an educational piece to it?

  1. Letter Recognition: Draw a few letters on the ground. Call out each letter and your child has to find it. Make it more fun by adding a silly way to get from letter to letter. For example walk backwards, wiggle, silly dance or side step.

  2. Pre-Writing: Have you child draw vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines on the ground or a building wall (in preparation for letter formation). Spice it up by having your child trace your body on the ground, draw rail road tracks or shapes for jumping in and out of.

  3. Letter and Numbers: Have your child help you draw a hopscotch board especially with writing in the numbers. Or ask your child to write a letter and see how many things surrounding you start with that letter.

  4. Family tree: Draw a large tree and help your child spell out the name of your family members.

Water, Water, Water!
Summer time is the best time to get wet and play in the water. Here are a few different things to do with water that will challenge your child’s strength, coordination and skills. These activities can be done outside, in the bath or at a table.

  1. Spraying: Instead of a water gun (we prefer calling it a “Water Squirter”) get a small Spray Bottle at your local dollar store. The squeezing action is great strengthening and coordination for the hands. Remember to encourage your child to use both hands.

  2. Pouring: Using several different size cups/ bowls. Have you child pour water from a small pitcher (also available at the dollar stores) into the different containers. Depending on your child’s age and skill level you will give different directions. Younger child will need to work on the act of pouring and older children can focus on measuring and not spilling.

  3. Squeezing: You will need different size sponges and two M/L bowls. Fill one bowl with water and leave the other empty. Ask your child to transfer all the water from one bowl to the other using a sponge. Soak up the water with the sponge and squeeze in out into the other bowl.

News to Know

News of Interest for Caregivers and Families

First autism study to apply whole genome sequencing

While it is known that autism spectrum disorder has a genetic basis, the underlying factors (genes) of this lifelong developmental condition are still only partially understood. An international research team led by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is the first to determine the entire DNA code, a process called whole genome sequencing, and provide a definitive look at the wide-ranging genetic variation associated with autism, including both inherited as well as spontaneous or de novo, genetic alterations.

NY Clears Roadblock to ABA Insurance Coverage

After months of pressure from the state's autism community and Legislature, the Cuomo administration has dropped a regulatory requirement that has blocked families from gaining the insurance coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) they were promised under New York's 2011 autism insurance reform law.

Fall Scheduling Has Begun

Chatty Child is now accepting Related Service Agreements through the DOE, Early Intervention, and private pay with coded invoices for the fall. Please call 347.491.4451 or email chattychildny(at) for fall scheduling needs.


Did You Know???

Heather is PROMPT 2 certified

Ann is PROMPT 1 certified

Janine is PROMPT 1 certified

Natalie is PROMPT 1 certified

Ann is Linda Mood Bell certified

Heather is certified in Yoga for
Special Needs children

Ann is a Hatha Yoga Level 1 teacher

Natalie is Floortime trained

Sonya Kashlan, Occupational Therapist, is a Level 1 certified Handwriting Without Tears specialist

Socialization is F-U-N

A child’s speech and language skills are extremely important for learning, literacy, socialization and school success. Treatment groups increase the social use of language, build vocabulary, and peer interactions. One hour group sessions are formed according to age and development level.

Social Butterflies
2 - 6 years
Forming groups now.

**Sign Up for Fall Classes**
Wednesdays 5.30p - 6.30p

To register or learn more
about a class, call us at 347.491.4451 or email chattychildny(at)

App of the Month

Articulation Station Pro
(Little Bee Speech)

Learn how to pronounce and practice the consonantal sounds in the English language with 6 fantastic and engaging articulation activities!

Created by a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, Articulation Station Pro is a full featured articulation application to help children as well as adults learn to speak and pronounce their sounds more clearly. Beautiful high quality images represent target words to be practiced in fun-filled activities with the assistance of a Speech-Language Pathologist, teacher or parent.

With activities at the WORD, SENTENCE and STORY levels your kids will love practicing their sounds and forget they are actually "working" on their articulation.

Each of the 22 sound programs target sounds in the initial, medial and final positions of words, sentences and stories. The majority of sounds (p, b, m, d, n, t, k, g, f, v, ch, j, z, sh, th) have 60 target words each. The l, r and s sound programs target blends as well. Additionally the r sound program has all of the vocalic r's!


FLASHCARDS - Beautiful, easy to interpret, real life images with audio reinforcement.

MATCHING GAME - Exciting matching game that will keep everyone entertained!

ROTATING SENTENCES - Fixed sentence loaded with target sounds and paired with rotating target words.

UNIQUE SENTENCES - A new sentence for every target word with an average of three target sounds per sentence.

LEVEL 1 STORIES - Short, silly rhymes for each sound position with multiple target words, pictures and comprehension questions.

LEVEL 2 STORIES - Short, creative stories for each sound position with multiple target words and comprehension questions.

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Handwriting Without Tears: Wet Dry Try
(By Handwriting Without Tears & Get Set for School)

Wet-Dry-Try is an app version of the popular Handwriting Without Tears® Slate Chalkboard activity. The app allows each student in a classroom to sign in and practice their letters. Educational features and benefits for the student:

Builds good handwriting habits: Students practice formations accurately, with correct start, sequence, and directionality -- all based on proven Handwriting Without Tears methodology.

Verbal guidance from the student’s personal handwriting coach in the app provides instant feedback on errors and also provides positive reinforcement.

Game-based learning: Students are motivated to progress through the letters and numbers with a game-based format. Students earn stars for successfully completing a Wet-Dry-Try sequence for a letter. Earn 3 stars and get a Letter Card. Children will want to collect them all!

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