Welcome to Play, Talk, & Grow!

Attention Parents and Professionals!!!

Does your child memorize books or movies? Do they speak with inflection but are difficult to understand? Are they imitating all the words they hear?  Often, children who use delayed echolalia (or scripting) are gestalt language processors.  Gestalt Language Processing (GLP) is a form of language development that starts with whole memorized phrases to single words. It is a natural way to develop language but is often thought of as disordered by those unaware of GLP.  It is NOT!

Those that are not yet using flexible, original language require a different approach in order to begin communicating with self-generated language.  I am a Certified NLA Trained Clinician and can help parents and other professionals understand child-led therapy, gestalt language processing and learn the Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) framework, developed by Marge Blanc (2012), to help support kids on their language development journey.  Contact me today to learn more! 

Play, Talk, & Grow is a private pediatric practice serving the greater Asheville area, as well as virtually in Washington State. Specializing in the evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders. Including Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Phonological Disorders,  Natural Language Acquisition, Analytic Language Learners, and supporting Autistic children through child-led therapy.

I value meaningful goals that represent the whole child. My therapeutic approach is respectful and strengths based for ALL families.  I am a play-based therapist that believes in following a child’s lead.  By listening to the child and providing engaging activities I am able to build trust and establish a nurturing relationship on which I can develop speech and language skills.

I provide home-health, virtual, school-based, and community centered service locations with licenses in North Carolina and Washington State.

Play Talk & Grow offers parents an enhanced experience through webinars and guided tutorials. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to be present and fully participate in therapy sessions. Connecting with the family is just as important as my relationship with the child.

Call (425) 495-2554 to check for availability.

Help Your Child Through Play

I believe in the power of PLAY! To achieve true engagement and motivation, the child has to believe they are playing and having fun. Rather than testing your child on the alphabet or numbers, focus on playing with them.  Play with blocks, puzzles, cars, trains, stacking towers, balls, music, games, and play foods.  Read books.  Build play into daily routines, like, bath time, dinner time, or grocery shopping. Get your child’s attention by using your voice and facial expressions.

My resources are full of techniques that you can implement during play and throughout your day to encourage speech.  Start by creating routines and building in language opportunities.  Comment and describe your actions and thoughts.  Narrate your day for your child to hear.  Parents are a child’s first teacher and children learn best in a natural environment.  

It may only take 10-20 repetitions to develop a new skill.

Recorded Webinars

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In the News…


ABCNYMoms says: “Chrissy has distilled her method for teaching children how to talk into a simple, easy to understand program featuring high quality makers and non-toxic and environmentally friendly products.” Follow the link to read more. https://abcnymoms.com/meet-chrissy-thompson-of-playtalkgrow/

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“I wanted a place for parents to go to find answers to their questions and to learn real strategies and tools. I want them to feel empowered that they can support their child every day.” From my interview with Motherhood Moment.  Read more here:  https://motherhood-moment.blogspot.com/2019/08/website-spotlight-playtalkandgrow.html?fbclid=IwAR1pQogYZgXQMTscF0uRMi-xDr-UCJYhtKJ2Pg2G6IlsefdSv8fMzBoMUJE

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Chrissy uses creative and natural play to engage children and encourage emergent language and communication.  She is skilled at promoting child initiated, functional, and unprompted verbal and nonverbal interactions.  Her dedication to improving the communication skills of children is evident in her warm and compassionate relationships with children and families.

Jennifer B.


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