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Communication Therapy Associates (CTA) is a Speech-Language Pathology private practice in Hadley, MA. Located about a mile from I-91, we serve clients from all over western Massachusetts. We offer a wide range of services for children, adolescents and adults who have communication difficulties.  The practice was founded in 2004 by two experienced Speech-Language Pathologists, Carla Bernier, M.A., CCC-SLP, BRS-FO and Abby Jaffe, M.A., CCC-SLP, in recognition of a growing need for more intensive and individualized services. The practice entered a new stage in 2013 with Marcil Boucher, Ph.D., CCC-SLP joining Abby as a partner at the new Hadley office. Abby retired in June 2018 to enjoy time with her many grandchildren.

Our Mission

We believe that therapy works best when we can meet the client “where they are," teach in a low-key manner, and keep the therapy process fun.

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Our Offerings

We believe that therapy works best when we can meet the client “where they are," teach in a low-key manner, and keep the therapy process fun.

Meet The Team


Marcil J. Boucher



Marcil is a licensed, certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She has been evaluating and treating individuals with communication disorders since 2009. She completed her doctoral program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013. Marcil has worked with children and adolescents and has developed expertise in a number of clinical treatment areas. Her clinical interests include pragmatics/social communication challenges, motor speech disorders, literacy, and childhood speech and language disorders. She completed the Social Thinking Clinical Trainee program in 2016 and is a provider of FastForWord. Marcil joined Abby as a partner at CTA in 2014. At home, Marcil is currently a mom to three children. In 2018, she and her wife welcomed two siblings into their home through foster care and adoption, followed by a new baby in 2020. Marcil enjoys volunteering with her two therapy dogs, including participating in the Bradley Buddies program at Bradley International Airport. In her downtime, you will find Marcil reading a book!

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Tiffany C. Ehle



Tiffany is a licensed, certified Speech- Language Pathologist who has been evaluating and treating clients since 2004.  She completed her undergraduate and master's degree programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Tiffany has worked in multiple settings and returned to the CTA team in 2018.  She has experience treating a diverse caseload of speech, language and cognitive disorders for clients of all ages.  Tiffany has special training in the Lindamood-Bell reading programs.  Her clinical interests include treating articulation disorders, phonological processing disorders, oral and receptive language deficits, developmental and injury-related cognitive disorders, and social communication challenges. Tiffany and her husband are the proud parents of four school-aged children. When she's not providing transportation to team sporting events or piano, horseback riding, and swim lessons, Tiffany enjoys drinking a hot cup of tea while listening to well-narrated audiobooks and playing competitive games of Quiddler with her husband. 


Lauren Schattin


Lauren is a licensed, certified Speech-Language Pathologist who earned her Masters of Arts degree in Speech-Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2008.  Lauren has expertise providing assessment and intervention to children and adolescents in preschool through high school with a variety of communications needs including: Speech sound disorders, motor speech, receptive/expressive language, speech fluency, phonemic awareness and phonological processing, and social communication and pragmatics.    Lauren is passionate about working with children and families helping them to achieve their goals and increase their independence.  Lauren is a native of the Pioneer Valley who lives in the area with her husband and two spirited, active children.  In her free time Lauren enjoys being outside walking her dog, hiking, biking, going to see live music, and reading.  Lauren is honored to join CTA and continue to serve the communication needs of children and their families in the Pioneer Valley.  



Kai Pretto



Kai is a licensed, certified Speech-Language Pathologist. They have had a somewhat unusual journey to becoming an SLP that has broadened their understanding of both crosscultural and neurodivergent communication. Kai acquired their undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Smith College in 2013 before spending nearly a decade working in both the human services and education fields. In 2021, Kai completed their Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology with an emphasis on Bilingualism & Multiculturalism at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. They specialize in working with complex communication needs for Autistic children, AAC, disfluency, simultaneous language disorders in multilingual language learners, gestalt language processing (GLP), and social communication supports for Autistic and otherwise neurodivergent communicators. Kai lives in a cozy house with many cats and is nearly always working on a new art or DIY project. They also run a local open mic poetry event and a 4-H upcycling craft club for elementary-aged children.

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