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Meet Ali

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Meet Ali an ASHA certified Speech Language Pathologist. I earned both my undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders and my master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Central Michigan University. Over the course of her career she has worked in a variety of settings, including: public schools, pediatric outpatient hospital clinics, and private practice. Experience in…

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Small Talk is Expanding

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Small talk is getting bigger! Please join us in welcoming Ali to our Northern Virginia Small Talk team. Ali Pettit is an ASHA certified Speech Language Pathologist. She has experience working in a variety of settings, including: public schools, pediatric outpatient hospital clinics, and private practice. Learn more about Ali

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Watch this inspiring dancer with Down syndrome

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I had to share this inspiring story! Young man with Down syndrome thrills studio audience on ‘The Greatest Dancer’ Andrew Self, 21, appeared in the first episode of the UK’s “The Greatest Dancer,” and brought both judges and audience to tears with his audition. “Having Down syndrome, it doesn’t stop me from doing anything,” Self…

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We Have Moved to Herndon

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We’ve Moved!  Small Talk is excited to show you our new digs.  We have moved to a new location in Herndon, VA (just a few minutes away from our old office in Reston). The new space is conveniently located just a few hundred yards away from Fairfax County Parkway and VA 267 Toll Road. Address:…

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Small Talk now provides Rapid Prompting Method (RPM)

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Now Certified in Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) I am delighted to say that recently became certified in Rapid Prompting Method (RPM). RPM is a means for improving academic success and communication for persons with autism and similar disorders. RPM uses prompting to initiate a student’s independent response, without physical support. In addition to teaching letter-chart…

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Help Deciphering Common Speech Language and Feeding Disorders

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Common Speech Disorders, Language Disorders, and Feeding Disorders Your teacher or doctor may have expressed concern that your child could have a problem with certain speech or language skills.  That can be tough to hear and sometimes confusing.  Here are a list of common terms and speech, language and feeding disorders which might help you…