``We believe with consistent team support, families can be given the skills to ensure that children are able to reach their highest potential...``

Chitter Chatter Therapy is founded and owned by Jenna Thomas, MS, CCC-SLP. She is a NC licensed and ASHA certified speech language pathologist. She has over eighteen years of providing speech language therapy to a wide variety of children in collaboration with other skilled professionals such as special education teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, behavior specialists and psychologists. She founded Chitter Chatter with the belief that, with early intervention and consistent team support, families can be given the skills to ensure that children are able to reach their highest potential.

Chitter Chatter is a private therapy practice focused on providing high quality therapeutic support to children and their families in their home environment.

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Our In-Home Speech Therapists

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Jenna Thomas

Jenna Thomas is a native of eastern North Carolina who graduated in 1998 Summa Cum Laude with an undergraduate degree in Communication from North Carolina State University where she was also a Teaching Fellow.  Jenna studied at the University of Florida for graduate work and received a Masters of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Carolina University and the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in 2001.  Jenna has spent over seventeen years serving pediatric populations in homes, daycares and schools with an emphasis on infants and toddlers, both English and Spanish speaking, with communication delays in various areas such as Developmental Delay, Apraxia, Language Delay, Fluency Disorder, Articulation Delay, Autism, Downs Syndrome, Learning Disabled, and Other Health Impaired.  Jenna’s passion is connecting parents with their children by developing functional communication routines specific for each family, both with English and Spanish speaking families. Jenna maintains her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association as well as her North Carolina Speech Language and Hearing Association license.  She has experience with families from CDSA branches across eastern North Carolina. Jenna is the owner/operator of Chitter Chatter LLC as well as a practicing therapist.  She resides in Wake Forest, NC with her husband Mark and two children, Payne and Blair.
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Carol Crabb

Carol obtained both a B.S. and M.S. degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in Speech-Language Science. She worked as a Speech Pathologist in the Champaign Illinois Public School System before discovering life in beautiful North Carolina. In Durham, Carol worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist for a preschool parent involvement program for four years followed by 25 years serving students with speech-language delays and disorders in the public school setting. Carol loves working with children who have unintelligible speech, children with Down Syndrome, autism, learning disabilities and various other developmental delays. She particularly loves the preschool age group and co-taught weekly lessons in the Wake County Public School System with the classroom teacher for an Autistic Preschool program. She has a passion for working on functional speech-language skills and includes the family in the therapy sessions so generalization to daily communication is enhanced. Carol has an upbeat personality and feels at ease with youngsters and their families. Her lessons are individually designed to capture the imagination and interest of her clients. Carol has presented at the NC Speech-Language annual convention on the topic of evaluating and providing therapy for severely unintelligible children. She is a member of both the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and the North Carolina Speech Language and Hearing Association. In her free time she volunteers as the speech coach for a group of disabled adult actors who belong to a group called S.T.A.R (Special Theatre Arts of Raleigh.) and volunteers in a special needs classroom in Raleigh.
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Sarah Wilson

Sarah graduated from Meredith College in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in
Child Development and a minor in Psychology. She then earned a Master of Science
degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004. Sarah has experience working with toddlers, preschoolers and school age children in a variety of settings. She has provided services for children with a wide range of diagnoses and disorders including autism spectrum disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Rett Syndrome, visual impairment, childhood apraxia of speech and developmental delay. She also has extensive experience providing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) services for children through the implementation of a variety of communication systems including low tech systems and high-tech voice output devices. Sarah has a special interest in early intervention and working with young children and their families to promote the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed by the North Carolina State Board of Examiners. She currently lives in Raleigh with her husband and two children. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and visiting the beach.
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Liz DePalo

Elizabeth is originally from Fayetteville, NC. She received her Bachelor’s of Art in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011, after which she spent time teaching in Cumberland County Schools. Elizabeth later earned her Master’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Carolina University in 2015.

Elizabeth has worked with toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children in the private practice and school settings, providing one-on-one and group speech and language therapy for patients with communication disorders and delays due to cleft lip/palate complications, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Articulation and Phonological Disorders, Language Delays and Disorders, and Fluency Disorders (Stuttering). Elizabeth has taken a special interest in the accompanying communication barriers posed by Autism Spectrum Disorder identified in toddlers and preschoolers, and earned certification as a Hanen “More Than Words” instructor.

Elizabeth also enjoys volunteering with the CARE Project, a local non-profit providing resources and an open community for children with hearing impairments and their families.

Elizabeth is licensed by the Board of North Carolina and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Elizabeth lives in Raleigh with her new husband and puppy. In her free time, Elizabeth loves reading, traveling, and hiking.

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Heather Blankenship

Heather received a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Central Arkansas in 2007, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from Harding University in 2005. She has experience working in the public, private, and alternative schools; a pediatric therapy clinic, skilled nursing facilities and doing home visits through Early Intervention. She has worked extensively with children on the Autism spectrum over the years, and previously worked in an Autism program at a private school. She has worked with children with a variety of syndromes and diagnoses, including Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Articulation and Phonological Disorders, Language Disorders, Apraxia of Speech, and Fluency Disorders. Heather especially enjoys working in the Early Intervention setting. She enjoys helping children to learn to communicate with the people around them, as well as building relationships with families. Heather has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC’s) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, as well as her North Carolina Speech Therapy license. Heather currently resides with her husband and two children in Selma.
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Meghan Barney

Meghan earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York, Geneseo in Communication Disorders and Sciences and her Master’s of Science from The College of Saint Rose, Albany New York in Communicative Disorders. She relocated to North Carolina in 2009 and has been with Chitter Chatter since 2012. Meghan is an experienced and certified speech and language pathologist who has worked in a variety of settings including: private practice, home, daycares, private schools for students with significant disabilities, public schools and preschools. Meghan has worked with individuals exhibiting a wide range of disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, Rett’s syndrome, Developmental Apraxia of Speech, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and Articulation and Language Disorders. She has also worked with those who require Augmentative Alternative Communication options including low, mid and high tech devices. Meghan especially enjoys helping children and families learn to communicate. Meghan is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Examiners. In addition, she is a member of the American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA). She currently resides with her husband and son in Apex, NC.
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Beth Barnes

Beth received her Master’s and PhD in Speech Language Pathology and degree from the University of South Carolina. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill, where she studied speech and language development in children with fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome, and Autism. She has worked clinically in rehabilitation and public school settings and is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina. Beth is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Examiners and accredited by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. She is currently serving school age students in elementary and middle School.
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Kelly Gibbons

Kelly graduated in 2008 Cum Laude with an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from The University of Georgia, Athens. She went on to attend Valdosta State University in her hometown of Valdosta, Georgia, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2010, with a Masters of Communication Sciences & Disorders. Kelly was an active member of NSHLA throughout graduate school and served on a variety of student led boards. Kelly has served a variety of populations including school aged, geriatric, and hospital. She has experience with the birth to three populations, having serviced many clients with mixed language delays, developmental delays, apraxia, fluency disorders, Autism, and Downs Syndrome.

Kelly relocated to North Carolina in 2010 and has been an ASHA certified speech language pathologist within the Nash Rocky Mount public schools and in the private setting for four and a half years. As a therapist with Chitter Chatter, LLC, Kelly has built relationships with clients within the Nash & Wilson communities.

Chitter Chatter focuses on developing strong relationships with parents and children while providing excellent speech language therapy. Chitter Chatter has been locally invested over the last thirteen years with 90% of therapy services provided in Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson Counties. As a company, we strive to connect with families in their homes and their circumstances. We also strive to be a resource for parents for all questions, concerns and of course, techniques to implement therapeutic ideas into the daily routines of the patient. Kelly maintains her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) as well as her North Carolina Speech Language and Hearing Association license through completion of continuing education classes each year.

Kelly especially enjoys connecting parents and children through communication and enriching the relationships of her clients. She is an active member of First Methodist Church in Wilson, where she resides in with her husband Walton and their three dogs.

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Jennifer Harwell

Jennifer attended North Carolina State University where she was awarded the Charlotte Anne Elleman Outstanding Clinician Award. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Communication Disorders in 1994.  She went on to earn her Master of Arts from Appalachian State University in Communicative Disorders in 1996. Jennifer has worked in a variety of settings throughout Eastern North Carolina including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, clinics, homes, daycares, private schools, and public schools. She particularly enjoys helping children with significant communication needs reach their full potential.  Jennifer is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Examiners, and maintains her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association. She was born and raised in North Carolina, and now lives in Raleigh with her husband Roy and two children. When she is not working or carpooling her children to activities, you can find her training for her next marathon or pulling for the NC State Wolfpack.

Our School Speech Therapists

Renee Jolly, Dorinda Allen, Courtney PItt, Megan Linton,
Jenna Thomas , Kelly Gibbons , Meghan Barney, Jennifer Harwell

Our CBRS - Child Behavior Rating Scale Staff

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Nicole Nelson

Nicole’s path to becoming a Developmental Therapist was carved by personal experience and loving inspiration. After becoming the parent of a daughter with severe brain abnormalities, Nicole was committed to learning about every facet of childhood development. She worked alongside therapists, doctors and nurses to gain knowledge, both procedural and academic, that could benefit her daughter. Nicole attended each therapy session, learning how to care for her daughter and help her in any way possible. Although Nicole’s daughter is no longer with us, she is the reason Nicole is in this field. Nicole wants to assist children like her daughter to reach their fullest potential. In 2013, Nicole graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Community Services with the concentration of Early Intervention from East Carolina University and has worked as a Developmental Therapist since graduation. Recently, she made the move to Raleigh bringing her specialized training and passion for families of all types to the Chitter Chatter LLC team. Throughout her educational training, she has grown more and more passionate about the positive impact Early Intervention Programs and Professionals have on the lives of children. The interventions, time and relationships built at this special age of life, produce positive repercussions that resonate throughout a child’s school age years and well into adulthood. Nicole remains focused on the difference she can make with each child not only today, but for the child’s entire future, and how she can empower caregivers to make those same positive impacts in relationships with their own children.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, attending church and visiting new places. In addition, she also volunteers at the Easter Seals UCP in Wilmington and Greenville locations. She is part of the organization S.H.A.R.E., meeting the needs of families and children in need in the eastern region of North Carolina. Nicole has completed ample practicum hours at several preschools, primary school, and the Nancy Darden Child Development Center at East Carolina University. Her credentials include:

  • A Bachelor of Science in Family and Community Services with the concentration of Early Intervention from East Carolina University
  • Certification in Infant, Toddler, and Family Services (ITFS)
  • Experience as a Developmental Therapist working with diagnoses including: Prader Willi, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Processing Disorder, Receptive/Expressive Language Disorder, Premature Infants, Neglect, Vision/Hearing Impairments, Schizencephaly, and Trigonocephaly
  • Experience across various settings, such as homes, daycares, and community centers
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Ashley Massey

Ashley was born and raised in eastern North Carolina and graduated from East Carolina University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family and Community Services as well as her Birth-Kindergarten Teaching License. She is Parents as Teachers trained and has experience working with the birth to five population with a variety of diagnoses including: Prematurity, Down Syndrome, Developmental Delays, Fragile X Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, children with health and visual impairments and behavioral concerns.

Previously, Ashley worked as a Special Education Preschool Teacher in Johnston County Public Schools. During her years of teaching, she adapted activities and lessons to meet the diverse needs in her classroom, lead parent workshops, and supported families from a variety of cultures in home and community settings. She worked closely with other professionals in the areas of occupational therapy, speech-language therapy and physical therapy to develop IEP goals and monitor student progress. Ashley is a huge advocate for Early Intervention and loves working with children and families. She believes that parents are a child’s first and greatest teachers and that their knowledge and involvement are essential for their child’s success. Ashley is very patient and appreciates that children learn best through play so she uses a play based approach to learning.

Ashley currently lives in Zebulon with her husband and their two dogs, Daisy and Parker. She enjoys serving alongside her husband who is the student pastor at their church and volunteering in the preschool ministry there as well. Ashley also enjoys baking, exploring new places and spending time with her friends and family. Ashley would love to speak with you further about how she can support you and your child!

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Caroline Warren

Caroline Warren is a North Carolina native, originally from Lumberton. She has a
Bachelor of Social Work from Meredith College and lives in Raleigh with her husband and three sons. Caroline has spent her social work career serving a variety of populations across multiple settings. Her passion for social work came from a strong bond within her own family growing up and has developed into a profession of assisting families as they embrace milestones achieved and challenges presented. Caroline has experience working with children with normal and atypical development, including behavioral disorders, Autism, Down Syndrome and Cystic Fibrosis.

Along with being a wife and mother, she also works as a preschool teacher and volunteers in her church, working with the preschool ministry, Operation In As Much and WIHN (Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network). Early in her career, Caroline served as a Infant/Toddler childcare provider and nanny for many years. Caroline has over 15 years experience with Child Development and hands-on daily activities for achieving developmental milestones accordingly and learning in a play-based environment. Caroline has also served as the Assistant Director at the Ellen Brewer House. The Ellen Brewer House is an on-campus child care program at Meredith College serving children whose ages range from 6 weeks to 2 years, and offers child development students the opportunity to participate in hands-on observation and work during the academic year. EBH remains one of the highest ranked centers in the Raleigh area.

As a Play Therapist, Caroline has over five years experience in the eastern North Carolina area. She has been able to promote a safe and secure environment for children who want and need to be understood and accepted. Caroline quickly establishes rapport with children at a preschool level , and facilitates learning without the child even realizing because he is having so much fun! Children may not always have the ability to verbally express their wants and needs; however, all children can speak by playing. Caroline uses nurturing and empowering to help children process their feelings for growth and happiness.

Our Office Staff

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Tracy Anghie

Tracy Anghie serves as the Office Coordinator for Chitter Chatter, LLC. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. She went on to receive a Master of Business Administration degree from East Carolina University in 2000. Tracy has been with Chitter Chatter since May of 2015 and handles new client intake information and billing for Chitter Chatter.

In her free time, she serves as the Chairperson of the Staff Appreciation Committee at her children’s elementary school and volunteers heavily in their classrooms. Tracy lives in Cary, NC with her husband, Niall, and their three children.

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Chitter Chatter currently serves the greater Raleigh area including Wake, Johnston, Nash, Durham, Granville, Franklin, Vance and Warren counties.