InterAct Programs

The challenge for families is finding stimulating, exciting, joyful, challenging, educational and informative enrichment classes.

Chatty Child Speech & Occupational Therapy Center PLLC offers summer programs and year long enrichment classes that combines theatre arts and speech & language exploration in fun weekly sessions that all children will surely enjoy!

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What is the InterAct Theatre & Therapy Lab?
This lab is an interactive, therapeutic workshop designed to promote speech and language development through a unique and creative theatre learning experience.  Your child will be empowered and find their voice through this unique therapeutic technique which combines traditional speech and language methods through a fun-filled, immersive, creative and interactive theatre experience.

Who are the Creators of the InterAct: Theatre & Therapy Lab?
InterAct: Theatre and Therapy Lab was created by Heather Boerner, MA, CCC/SLP, TSHH, owner, and head Speech-Language Pathologist at Chatty Child Speech and Occupational Therapy PLLC, and Gianna Cioffi, MS-ED, in Theatre Education who is founder and Artistic Director of Educational Mobile Immersive Theatre (EMIT). These workshops will be conducted under their supervision.  

Heather Boerner has a Master’s of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from New York University and a Certificate of Clinical Competency from ASHA. She holds a New York State license to practice Speech-Language Pathology in the state of New York, and holds a permanent certification as a Teacher of Speech and Language Disabilities.

Gianna Cioffi holds a Master’s of Science in Educational Theatre from the City University of New York, and a dual Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Theater Arts and Communication Disorders from SUNY New Paltz. She is certified in New York State to teach theater arts (kindergarten through 12th grade students.)  

InterAct: Theatre & Therapy Lab Ensemble
Your child will become part of their own theatre ensemble! Our inclusive program is offered for all ages and abilities. Participants will be placed in age and ability-matched groups for weekly sessions. Classes are for children ages 3-to-12 years old.  All educational materials are included.

When does InterAct: Theatre & Therapy Lab classes take place?
Workshops and classes are held weekly during the school year in seasonal sessions for the Fall, Winter and Spring.  Workshop sessions meet for 1 hour per week. 

What are the benefits of Interact: Theatre & Therapy Lab?

These innovative techniques created by experts Heather and Gianna utilize both proven speech and language methodology methods and educational, immersive theatre learning activities and experiences. 

InterAct: Theatre and Therapy Lab will empower your child to become a successful and confident communicator in all areas of their lives.  Your child will develop critical thinking tools, tap into their inner creativity, develop imaginative play skills, and strong speech, language and articulation skills…all through a fun, creative and interactive theatre experience!

Come join us on this new, exciting, and empowering journey of exploration, communication and creative fun! 
We can’t wait to learn and grow with your child! 

For information and to make reservations for your child, please email: info(at)chattychild.com

SUMMER 2021 WORKSHOP

InterAct: Theatre and Therapy Lab Summer Workshop is an interactive therapeutic workshop designed to promote speech and language development through a unique and creative theatre learning experience.Your child will be empowered to find their voice through fun-filled, immersive, interactive creative arts and theatre activities.Your child will develop speech and language, critical thinking, imaginative play,and social engagement skills — all while tapping into their inner creativity.

InterAct: Theatre and Therapy Lab was created by Heather Boerner MA, CCC-SLP and Gianna Cioffi MS-ED at Chatty Child Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapy, as a unique and engaging enrichment program for the summer semester. Your child will become part of their own theatre ensemble! Curated weekly themes are developed for each immersive story-telling journey. Our inclusive program is offered to all ages and abilities. Participants will be placed in age and ability-matched groups for weekly classes.

The Details

InterAct: Theatre and Therapy Lab Summer Workshop will run Monday-Friday from 9am to noon, from July 12th to August 20th 2021. Families can sign up for as many of the 6 weeks, as they like. Classes are tailored for children 3-10 years old. Group sizes are 3-5 children per group. Strict COVID-19 precautions will be taken, per CDC regulations, during all in-person classes. All educational materials are provided.We kindly ask that parents provide a snack for your child. We are a nut-free facility.This year, the newly enhanced program will be facilitated and run by Gianna Cioffi MS-ED with guidance from Heather Boerner MA, CCC-SLP and Eleni Lyssikatos OTR/L. This new interactive, immersive,sensory story-telling program utilizes interactive theatre scripts created to specifically target literacy foundational skills, social-emotional learning, speech clarity, social interactions, fine motor, and gross motor skills, while your child engages in a uniquely tailored, immersive sensory story-telling journey.

Groups for the InterAct: Theatre & Therapy Lab Summer Workshop are forming now! Contact us today to reserve your spot! Join us on this exciting, empowering journey of fun, interactive, and immersive storytelling experiences!

For more information and to sign up, email info(at)chattychild.com with InterAct Summer Workshop in the subject line.

Individual Tutoring Classes with Gianna Cioffi MS-ED

Individual Tutoring Classes with Gianna Cioffi MS-ED are unique journeys in language and literacy learning.She brings her unique creative arts background to her 1:1 tutoring classes. She tailors each class to your child’s specific language and literacy needs. Gianna integrates movement, visual arts, sensory experiences, and immersive theatre in order to support literacy and language development. She creates multi-sensory experiences to provide holistic and dynamic lessons that target individualized educational goals.

The Details

Gianna will first assess your child’s language and literacy needs and through an initial one-hour class. A tutoring program will be developed to address areas of concern. It will be tailored to meet the individual needs and learning style of your child, while utilizing creative pathways to learning language & literacy.Individual Tutoring classes with Gianna Cioffi MS-ED are offered by appointment only. Gianna is currently accepting new students. Remote and in-person options are available. Strict COVID-19 precautions will be taken, per CDC regulations, during all in-person classes. All educational materials are provided. Contact us today with all your individual language & literacy tutoring needs. Let’s create a tailored tutoring program for your child today!

For more information and to sign up for an Individual Tutoring Class, email info(at)chattychild.com with Individual Tutoring Classes with Gianna Cioffi MS-ED in the subject line.