More Than Words
A Parent Training Class for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

A Parent Training Class for parents of children with ASDMore Than Words®, a Hanen Program® for parents with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has been taught by Speech Pathologist Kara Dodds since 2001. 

With over 800 families trained to date, More Than Words empowers and teaches parents how to improve initial communication in the home during daily routines and activities.

This parents only class is offered once a week (6pm – 8:30) for 12 weeks. Individual coaching sessions are offered throughout stages of the program in which Kara Dodds work directly with parents and their children to apply therapy techniques learned in the class. 

More Than Words Testimonials

“This program while it helps parents become more successful at understanding and helping their child also is beautiful because it brings real families together.”
-Todd and Dayna Hoff (Founders of Autism Tree Project Foundation)

Additional Components Parents Learn In Class…

  • How to use sensory based activities to improve communication
  • How to shaping echolalia (repeating of words)
  • How oral motor and motor planning play a role in expressive speech
  • How to use visual systems and “social stories” to improve understanding
  • How to teach “Initiation” to get communication going and more!!

Funding is available through San Diego Regional Center (SDRC). Provide them “Vendor Code SQ0720” for approval. Offered 3 times a year (Jan/April/September) in Mission Valley from 6:00-8:30pm. Contact Kara Dodds at (619) 692-0622 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and funding assistance.

Read our Rave Reviews

After taking my son to two other speech offices, I found Kara Dodds and Associates, Inc. I was looking for a place that was knowledgeable about apraxia speech. My son received private speech for 4 months prior to switching to KDA and had made little progress. Once he was at KDA, he started progressing right away and has come a long way.

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News, Media and Blogs

Strength and Power Training for Children with Poor Coordination!

By Veronica Glen, PT, DPT (http://www.thesandiegopediatricpt.com/2017/01/strength-and-power-training-for-kiddos.html)

When Physical Therapists see a clumsy or uncoordinated child, one of the first thoughts we think is “That kid can use some balance training!” or “They could benefit from functional activity practice!” What current evidence based research is finding is that strength and power training can be just as helpful if not MORE helpful than functional movement training!

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