Specialists in Speech and Language Services

ASHA Certified.  PEERS Certified.  PROMPT Trained.  DTTC Trained.  Hanen Trained.  We’re ready to help!

small practice.  BIG RESULTS!

The Cheerful Difference

Cheerful Chatter is small… very small!  It was kept small all these years in order to maintain our focus on providing the highest quality of services.  Only when we are 100% focused on our families and 100% trained in what we do, can the results be dramatic.  And, yes, our kids make fantastic progress!

While the practice is small, our space is not.  Our new office in Haddonfield, NJ could have fit seven therapists, but we decided to dedicate our space to what really matters… the children, parents, and caregivers we serve.  We have a standard waiting room and therapy room, but also a classroom, playroom, and parent lounge.  Only when the environment is aligned with our services, can everyone be at their best and do amazing things.

Welcome!  What Brought You Here Today…

Individual Speech Therapy?  Social Skills Groups?  Mommy and Me Classes?  Homeschool Programs?

Our services extend well beyond individual speech-language therapy!  We also offer social skills groups, individual social coaching, mommy and me classes, and language-enriching homeschool programs.

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Individual Speech Therapy

After 20 years in the field, she knows her stuff!  Her training and experience set her apart from other therapists in the areas of:

Childhood apraxia of speech & other issues affecting speech clarity

Late talkers & early langauge development

Dyslexia & other difficulties with early reading and spelling

What?  She works on reading?!  She sure does!  At their core, dyslexia and most other difficulties with reading and spelling are rooted in the language system (especially phonological awareness & processing).  Miss Ellen excels in widening and deepening these critical skills.

At the end of the day, reading is simply another way of using language to communicate… you can listen or read to gain information and you can speak or write to send it.  Reading and spelling fall squarely in the field of speech-language pathology… but it’s hard to find someone who specializes in it.

What She’ll Do

Miss Ellen’s first goal is to find the problem… not just test them.  If a child is struggling to speak clearly, she’ll figure out why.  If they are a little too quiet for their age, she’ll find out what is holding them back.  If they are struggling to learn to read, she’ll determine where the system is breaking down. 

Once the problem is identified, she will work to build a strong foundation, teach the missing skills, and fill in all the gaps.  Before you know it, family and friends you don’t see too often will be commenting on how well they’re doing!

Social Skills Groups & Programs

While we have a serious crush on our PEERS® Social Skills Classes and think they are the best solution for most individuals, we know that they’re not for everyone.  Some need more one-on-one time or something of a smaller scale, so we offer indiviudal therapy through our reservation system.  Some simply need a little more fun in their life, so we also offer Simply Social Recreation Groups.  Whatever your needs are, we are probably working on something that meets them!  We offer:

PEERS® Social Skills Classes for:

Elementary schoolers

Middle & high schoolers

Young adults (18-30 years, post high school)

Simply Social Recreation Groups for:

3rd-5th graders

Middle schoolers

High schoolers

Our social skills services are designed for those who have been left out of other groups… either because they are too high functioning or too old.  Our programs are perfect for children, teens, and young adults (18-30 years, post high school) who are talking and seem to be doing fine with academics, but are struggling with friendships and other interactions.

Click below to learn more about our social skills groups and programs.

Language Enrichment for All Children

Learning is at its best when they don’t know it’s happening.  That’s why our language enrichment classes focus on fun, creativity, and play… all while undercover langauge strategies do their work.

Whether you have a bouncing baby, a tireless toddler, a proud preschooler, or a happy homeschooler, we probably have a group for you!  Most of our classes involve arts and crafts because Miss Raechel is a crafter extraordinare and the proud owner of Orange You Crafty.  In addition to art, we routinely incorporate storytime, exploration, and play thanks to Miss Ellen’s experience in early childhood.  Bottom line?  These classes and programs are focused on fun and creativity.  We offer:

the ART of… Adult-and-me groups for bouncing babies 6-18 months, tireless toddlers 18-36 months, and proud preschoolers 3-5 years old

Play with Purpose Adult-and-me groups for children with special communication or learning needs

vocabulARTY A creative, art-based, vocabulary skill-enriching group for homeschoolers 6-9 years old

Collab-a-Story A fun, illustration-based, storytelling-enriching group for homeschoolers 10-13 years old

Do you have a child with special needs?  Feel free to give us a call.  We will discuss your concerns and help you find the most fun and enriching experience for their needs.

Click the orange button to learn more about our mommy and me classes and homeschool programs.