The ability to produce speech sounds correctly, fluently and with the proper voice and intonation
The ability to understand others and express one's needs, thoughts and feelings through the spoken or written word in sentences, conversations and through story-telling
Reading, writing and other literacy-based skills are simply another modality of language
The ability to understand, use and follow the rules of spoken and unspoken language in different social situations
This includes the ability to interpret the sometimes hidden intentions of others
The ability to attend to others and the environment, to organize thoughts, problem solve and plan
The ability to correctly recognize and interpret the sounds one hears
The development of adequate strength, tone and range of motion of the jaw, tongue and lips
The ability to consume, chew and swallow age-appropriate foods without coughing or gagging
AT CHEERFUL CHATTER, WE ARE UNITED IN THE BELIEF THAT ALL CHILDREN:
No two children have the same background, special needs or learning style. That's why our speech and language pathologist will create a truly individualized speech therapy plan for every child. All of our plans combine direct instruction, parent training and tools for family members to use in a way that works for them, their child and their home.
Ellen McSpadden is a highly skilled, ASHA-certified and NJ-licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with nearly two decades of experience working with children in the hospital, outpatient, school and in-home settings. She is a Certified Autism Specialist and a Certified Provider of PEERS (The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills). In addition, she is PROMPT-Trained and completed the training for The Hanen Program's "It Takes Two To Talk" Workshop for Parents.
She was raised in suburban Maryland, just outside Washington, DC, and obtained degrees from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Maryland. Soon after, she relocated to southern New Jersey and began working with area families. Ellen opened Cheerful Chatter LLC in 2013 after working closely with parents in their homes through the Early Intervention System. Despite the fact that Cheerful Chatter was not yet open, friends of those parents began calling, asking her to treat their child. Ellen's reputation and those word-of-mouth referrals created Cheerful Chatter Speech-Language Services... a private practice that area families know and love today.
Ellen's energy, passion and commitment to helping children of all ages is demonstrated in her dynamic, fun approach and the sincere, respectful relationship she cultivates with every parent. Children and teenagers look forward to motivating, engaging, fun and highly effective sessions that lead to genuine skill development. Sometimes, they don't even want to leave! She prides herself on helping children develop functional communication skills by developing strategies that are individually tailored, maximizing their success. Parents are encouraged to participate throughout sessions and receive the training necessary to use the strategies in the comfort of their own home and in the community. The progress of the children she works with is her sole focus during every therapy session and she is known to go above and beyond for every family. The speech, language and social skill development that her clients experience is a testament to her knowledge, skills, experience and passion.
Ellen's constant search for advances in the field of speech-language pathology exists to benefit the families she serves. At Cheerful Chatter in Voorhees, NJ, Ellen McSpadden will use the latest research and tap into the natural curiosity of your child. Here you will discover dynamic and personalized speech and language therapy for children of all ages with communication disorders.
We Love to Chatter:
P: (856) 577-0966
F: (856) 558-9901
1010 Haddonfield Berlin Road
Voorhees, NJ 08043
...He was not speaking, just babbling a little. I can remember Ellen's first session with us and how unsure I was if this would work. She quickly showed how she could take his favorite things, turn them into a game of sorts and teach him to comprehend words...”
Mother in Cherry Hill, NJ
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