We believe that when parents meet their children where they are, to first create the joy of a back-and-forth
interaction, parents unlock their children's communication in a way that no one else can. This requires embracing a completely different perspective on communication progress than what is predominately taught in most approaches today.

Our approach IRC - ONE MINUTE AT A TIME, is unlike most approaches because it is based on the premise that early autistic communicators must be taught the joy, value and purpose of communication before they will ever have the desire to communicate on their own. Families who dedicate themselves to our systematic three step approach not only change the trajectory of their toddlers' communication, but they also completely transform the relationships they have with their children.



Ignite your child's desire to connect and communicate - the KEY to all other progress. Over time, your child begins to tune into you quicker and more naturally, because they have connected tuning in with something that feels good.

read and respond

As you read ALL of your toddler's communication - unintentional or intentional - you respond to it in a way that enables them to feel the power of their communication.

create communication opportunities

You practice creating communication opportunities by leaving space for your toddler to communicate. The KEY is to do this without pressure, prompting or expectation.

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If you are ready to take charge of your toddler's communication, join in as Cherie and Alicia cut through the misinformation out there to help you shift your thinking about what it truly takes to get your child to communicate. 

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 A course designed to help you unlock your child's communication using our IRC - ONE MINUTE AT A TIME approach! Teach your child the value, purpose, power and joy of their own communication.




We are Cherie and Alicia, two pediatric Speech-Language Pathologists who have a passion for opening the doors of communication for children ages 0-3 with characteristics of autism and those diagnosed with autism. 

In our careers, it was so clear to us that the families who sought our expertise and worked diligently at home in between our therapy sessions, created progress for their children that was exponentially greater than speech therapy alone.  We affectionately call these moms and dads, the 1%  of families who will do whatever work it takes to help their child communicate.

So we created our coaching program for the 1% of moms and dads. We knew that if they had the tools and guidance from us as Speech-Language Pathologists, the progress they could make would be amazing.

Since developing the Step by Step Academy, the results our families are creating are more than we ever thought possible.  We are blown away every day as we watch our moms and families embrace our approach and begin to unlock their child’s communication.

As highly experienced and dedicated Speech-Language Pathologists who have worked for many years providing services in a school district setting, we now see how our moms and families can create  results in weeks that we could not create ourselves in many months, if not years. 

More than 60 families into our coaching program, we are amazed nearly every day how skilled our families become with our approach and the results they create.

When you shift your focus it changes everything.
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Email us at cherieandalicia@connect-speech.com

"Cherie and Alicia's IRC - ONE MINUTE AT AT TIME is the thing
that can change everything. It did for us".

I am here to tell you this is THE thing that can make a difference.  It was the naturalistic approach I was seeking and it can unlock everything for your child.  It’s amazing as parents to be the ones who can change the trajectory of your child’s communication.  In 10 weeks our girls look completely different. 

mom of twins, graduate


If you are ready to take charge of your toddler's communication, join in as Cherie and Alicia cut through the misinformation out there to help you shift your thinking about what it truly takes to get your child to communicate.
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