Chatting Children is owned and operated by Julie K. Cotter, MS, CCC-SLP who has been working with children in this field for over 14 years. Julie is a speech-language pathologist who is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Julie received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology from Ohio University and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University in Maryland. Following graduate school, Julie worked in New York City in a specialized public school setting where she treated students ages five through 21 who were blind/visually impaired, deaf/hearing impaired and had additional developmental disabilities. Julie moved to Washington, DC in 2003 and has worked in a clinical setting treating children of all ages with various communicative disorders. Specifically, Julie specializes in treating toddler, preschool and school aged children with oral motor, articulation, language and reading disorders. She has extensive experience working with children who have been diagnosed with apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, receptive/expressive language disorders, auditory processing disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), language learning disabilities and reading disorders. She has participated in many training programs including PROMPT, Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson’s oral motor therapy program, Lindamood Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing program, and the Kaufman Method for Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Additionally, Julie is trained in the Phono-Graphix Reading Program.
Julie and her family moved from DC to Brambleton, VA in 2013 and she opened Chatting Children Speech and Language Center in the summer of 2014. She has spoken at local schools, daycares and Catholic organizations about the benefits of speech therapy and early intervention. Additionally, Julie is featured on www.dullesmoms.com as a subject matter expert for speech therapy. She responds to questions submitted by readers on a monthly basis regarding speech and language development.