About Us

What Makes Chatty Child Unique

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

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

Heather Boerner MA,CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist, is founder and owner of Chatty Child Speech & Occupational 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. With an experienced staff of speech and occupational therapists, Heather brings all these varied skills to her state of the art speech, language and occupational therapy center.

Heather brings many unique qualities to her innovative therapeutic approach. She incorporates language and speech goals into her treatment sessions through movement activities, multi-sensory 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 successfully to the best of their abilities. It is her personal mission to create voices one child at a time.

At Chatty Child, we provide comprehensive therapy which helps to build the foundation for learning speech and language. In addition, our occupational therapists focus on maximizing your child’s ability to function in his or her daily life. The therapists at Chatty Child achieve positive results that help your child to communicate and function effectively. 

Therapy sessions are tailored to each child’s needs, interests, and strengths. We create treatment sessions that are personalized, innovative, and challenging. 

We provide the important building blocks for learning that create a sound foundation for your child. At Chatty Child, this foundation will be based on fun, engaging, positive and successful learning experiences. These positive experiences will help to build your child’s confidence and allow your child to become a successful communicator and learner for life.

What to Expect

  • Child-centered care
  • Dedicated therapists
  • Professional atmosphere
  • State-of-the-art learning facility

Treatment Options

  • Chatty Child is an approved DOE RSA provider for preschool and school aged children for ST/OT services.
  • Chatty Child is an approved Early Intervention facility for ST/OT services.
  • Chatty Child offers private pay with fully coded invoices for out-of-network reimbursement of ST/OT services.

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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.