80 | a deep dive into gestalt language processing and AAC with speech-language pathologist Katja Piscitelli

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Dr. Tay hosts speech-language pathologist Katja Piscitelli on the podcast to explore Gestalt Language Processing and Natural Language Acquisition (NLA). They discuss how this form of language processing is a common and natural pathway to language development for autistic and non-autistic children alike. Katja shares her experience of discovering this language phenomenon, and how it can be a powerful tool in supporting language development. they also discuss the role of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) in language development. The conversation includes pointers on how to identify if your child is a Gestalt Language Processor and the importance of patience and consistent modeling in language development.


0:00.00 – welcome Katja Piscitelli and her story of becoming a speech-language pathologist

0:03:33 – what is Gestalt Language Processing (GLP)

0:07:52 – what is Natural Language Acquisition (NLA)

0:08:50 – stage 1 of GLP and how to support

0:21:37 – what is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and how to adapt for GLPs

0:36:41 – stage 2 of GLP and how to support

0:40:41 – stage 3 of GLP and how to support

0:46:28 – stage 4, 5, and 6 with developing grammar

0:49:23 – ways to connect with Katja


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