About Us

What Makes Chatty Child Unique

L to R: Ann Helmer, Heather Boerner, Janine Raniolo

Chatty Child is a speech-language therapy center located in dowtown Manhattan. Chatty Child creates voices one child at at time within an engaging and appealing therapeutic setting.

Heather Boerner M.A.,CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist, is founder and owner of Chatty Child Speech Therapy,PLLC (center in photo). She specializes in treating apraxia of speech, articulation, language, speech and feeding delays. She also treats medically complex populations and children who require augmentative and alternative communication devices. Heather has over a decade of experience in the field and is PROMPT level 2 trained. Heather has gained experience in all therapeutic settings including: hospitals, schools, homecare, and center-based programs. Heather now brings all these varied skills to her state of the art speech and language center.

Heather brings many unique qualities to her innovative  therapeutic approach. She incorporates language and speech goals into her treatment sessions through movement activities, multisensory stimulation, and thematic based lessons.

Heather also has a personal connection to all the children and families she works with, as she was a child who received therapy herself. Through her own personal therapeutic journey, Heather was able to reach her full potential. She feels a special connection to all children with special needs and the unique challenges they face. At Chatty Child she empowers both the children and their families to communicate effectively and sucessfully to the best of their abilities. It is her personal mission to create voices one child at a time.

Chatty Child accepts private pay with fully coded invoices for insurance reimbursement, DOE-RSAs, and EI. She performs both individual and group treatment sessions.

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

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Terms of Reference

Heather Lynn Boerner, M.A. is an ASHA and New York State-certified Speech-Language Pathologist

CCC-SLP - Clinical Certification of Competence [in] Speech Language Pathology
Certification for Speech Language Pathology in New York State and Nationwide

ASHA – American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the professional association for 140,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

T.S.S.L.D. – Teacher of Students With Speech and Language Disabilities
(formerly, Teacher of Speech and Hearing Handicapped)

NYSLHA - New York State Speech Language Hearing AssociationEnhances, safeguards and advocates for the professions of Speech-language pathology and audiology.