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Speech & Language Milestones: Ages 1-5

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1-2 years Speech sounds: p b m h w Receptive Language (Hearing and Understanding): Points to a few body parts when you ask. Follows 1-part directions, like “Roll the ball” or “Kiss the baby.” Responds to simple questions, like “Who’s that?” or “Where’s your shoe?” Listens to simple stories, songs, and rhymes. Points to pictures…

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Speech & Language Milestones Infographic

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“Is This Normal?” This is the question I get asked the most often at my office, at social events, and just about any time someone finds out what my occupation is.  The good news is, I love what I do and I don’t mind answering that question at all!  There is such a wide range…

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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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Small Talk Speech Therapy, Herndon VA

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:…