Speech Therapy

Pediatric Speech Therapy helps children overcome developmental speech and language delays to improve daily communication, learning and social interactions

Why is Communication Key In A Child’s Life?  A child’s ability to communicate is one of life’s most important tasks as it is the base for children to learn. Children learn language by exploring their environment, interacting with others, and communicating their daily wants and needs with others. However; when delays in development occur and these necessary speech and language skills are delayed it can lead to increased behavioral problems, social issues, and difficulties.  At Kara Dodds and Associates, our pediatric Speech-Language Pathologists support children from infancy through adolescence by collaborating with their families and other medical, educational, or developmental specialists to develop an individualized treatment plan for each child

What Do Our Speech-Language Pathologists Do? At Kara Dodds and Associates, our fun, family friendly centers have individual treatment rooms specifically designed to encourage active participation in therapy sessions. Our therapists hold advanced certificates and have extensive training in pediatrics and only do evidence-based therapy methods and practices. 

Who Benefits From Speech Therapy? Our speech-language pathologists provide evaluation and treatment including children who may have:

  • Expressive delays (e.g. not talking or “late talkers”)
  • Receptive / Auditory processing delays (e.g. difficulty understanding directions or answering questions)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders / PDD-NOS / Aspergers Syndrome: Therapy for non-verbal and preverbal children targets implementing visual systems that promote improved verbal skills. For more verbal children therapy targets shaping echolalic speech and improving social skills and pragmatics Articulation and/or phonological delay (e.g. speech sound errors affecting clarity)
  • Cognitive and/or language deficits (e.g. affecting academics)
  • Apraxia of Speech (e.g. motor planning deficit affecting speech intelligibility)
  • Fluency deficits (e.g. stuttering)
  • Social Skills / Pragmatics (e.g. learning social rules of language)
  • Reading and written language (e.g. improving vocabulary, sentence structure etc..)
  • Augmentative and Alterative Communication (AAC) (e.g. using systems to help support verbal communication like Picture Exchange
  • Oral Motor / Feeding (e.g. improving lips, tongue, jaw movements to improve toleration of new tastes / textures or improve planning for speech production)
  • Genetic Syndromes (e.g. teaching foundations using sign language at a young age while improving oral motor skills for improved verbal skills)

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Kara Dodds helped when no one else would.  I was told my child would never talk by some other therapists, but Kara would never give up and in the last couple of years my child is starting to speak.

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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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