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San Diego Centers for Pediatric Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapy

San Diego: (619) 692-0622

Santee: (619) 749-7059

Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy

Improving your child’s communication, intelligibility, language skills, feeding, and social skills.

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Improving your child’s sensory regulating sensory systems better in order to grow in play, eating, daily routines, dressing, and academic learning to improve home, school, and community skills.

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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Promoting independence, increase participation in daily activities, facilitate motor development (crawling, sitting, walking, climbing) to improve strength and enhance learning opportunities and get kids back to being kids.

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San Diego Centers for Pediatric Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapy

For 18 years now, the Kara Dodds & Associates therapy team has been providing individualized therapy for children working along-side with their families in our therapy centers located in San Diego and in Santee, California.

Our primary goal as a team is to provide positive change toward your child’s development.

We do this by only using certified and licensed therapists who design and make your child’s therapy session fun while they learn, grow, and meet their communication, sensory, and motor goals.

We love families! We teach, support, and advocate for families too. We look forward to working with your child and your family.

Who We Help

Our licensed and certified therapists specialize in:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Apraxia
  • Phonological Disorders
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Pragmatic Language Deficits
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Early Language Acquisition (Early Intervention)
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Attention & Organization Skills
  • Handwriting Difficulties
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Language Delays
  • Speech Intelligibility Deficits
  • Cognitive / Attention Impairments
  • Genetic Deficits - Downs Syndrome
  • Feeding "Picky Eaters"
  • Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Reading Difficulties
  • Social Skills
  • Fine & Gross Motor Skill Deficits
  • Speech Intelligibility
  • Craniofacial Abnormalities
  • Non-Verbal Learning Disability

Therapy Center Details & Hours

Our centers are clean, easy to find, have comfortable waiting rooms with toys for siblings, lots natural light, plenty of free parking, and easy access for our disabled clients, families and guests.

To meet the needs of families we are open Monday - Friday (7:45am - 6:30pm) and also on Saturday by appointment. We are able to schedule sessions “back-to-back” or have siblings scheduled making it easier for parents.

Additional Services

  • Co-Treating therapy services with OT and PT
  • Utilizing our speech sensory room for children who seek more sensory input in therapy
  • Parent Programs (e.g. Hanen: More Than Words)
  • Consultation with other service providers (e.g. School providers, IEP attendance, ABA programs, etc.)

Read Rave Reviews about Therapy Services at Kara Dodds & Associates

  • 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.

  • We have been going to Kara Dodds and Associates for almost three years and love them on every level. Everyone is so caring and understanding. They have all helped my daughter on so many levels and watching her grow every week. I love how they have Saturday sessions due to my work hours. Thank you to everyone!

  • 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.

  • Nothing compares to the compassion and energy Kara Dodds and Associates has for my daughter.   San Diego Regional Center paid for my daughter until she turned 3

  • I was recently referred to Kara Dodds & Associates by a good friend. I am now forever grateful to that friend. Kara Dodds has the BEST therapists. 

  • Watching the documentary brought tears to my eyes and made my heart swell up. Words will never be able to express what the therapists at Kara Dodds have done for our family. Six months ago, I brought my son Atticus in for his evaluation, with only a handful of words and a tendency to withdraw from interaction, I was desperately seeking someone...someway to help him.

  • Phenomenal therapists that care about your child specifically and their specific needs! LOVE Kara Dodds and their therapists!!

  • We are a military family and have lived in 3 States in the past 4 years.  As we moved around we have experienced other Speech and language companies, and now have a better perspective on the services we received while living  in San Diego.

  • My son has been going here since 2012 and he's made remarkable progress with his speech.

  • Great therapy center. I've experienced a few different centers. Kara Dodds is by far the best! The therapist actually care. When session is over its not just a therapist talking at the parent,  basically giving them information they don't understand.

  • Amazing speech therapists and office staff! The therapists are all professional, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and go above and beyond to help my two sons. The office staff is great at working with our insurance. Also, great at working around our schedule and being flexible. We love KDA!

  • Great therapists. They were the stepping stone for my daughter's speech. She is doing great, and they were the start of it.

  • My son is thriving at this office. I went to another office for 3 months with limited progress. I switched to this office 6 weeks ago from a recommendation from his preschool teacher. Its night and day now with his progress.

  • My son had been going there since 2012. He's loved it since the first day he started. The therapist are absolutely amazing! Couldn't ask for a better place for my son. Thank you to everyone at Kara Dodds for everything you do!

  • My child has been going to this clinic for over a year.  He his development with this center has been great. I have never been happier with how his therapy is going.  The staff is amazing as well! 

  • Great therapist! Seeing progress with my child after only 2 months. The therapist really get into detail about each session. They are so great about giving suggestions and listening to parent concerns.

  • Before Kara Dodds, my son received speech services with Rady's. I normally have great things to say about Rady's, but the way speech was set up (short 25 minute appointments once a week) just didn't work for us. Since switching to Kara Dodds, my son has made incredible progress.

  • LOVE THIS NEW PLACE! My son can finally get all the help he is entitled. Melaine is awesome. The Therapist are great! Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy  and Speech Therapy all finally under one roof, always clean, and in Santee. THANK YOU!

  • We love Kara Dodds!!! My grandson has Mitzi as his speech therapist! She is AWESOME!!!!! He loves her and has learned soooo much. She adapts to what he needs on a particular day.
  • Before Kara Dodds, my son received speech services else where. The way speech was set up just didn't work for us (short 25 minute appointments once a week). Since switching to Kara Dodds, my son has made incredible progress.

  • ❤ AMY ABSOLUTELY LOVES GOING TO SPEECH EVERY WEEK! That makes me so happy as a mother to know that my baby girl is happy at Kara Dodds & Associates, Inc.

  • 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.

Blog Posts about Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and More!

Strength and Power Training for Children with Poor Coordination!

Strength and Power Training for Children with Poor Coordination!

By Veronica Glen, PT, DPT

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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Physical Therapy: An Enormously Beneficial Tool for Children With Down Syndrome!

Physical Therapy: An Enormously Beneficial Tool for Children With Down Syndrome!

Down Syndrome (DS) is a genetic disorder caused by one too many copies of chromosome 21. This extra copy changes the typical way the brain and body develop. As a result, individuals with Down Syndrome can face both physical and mental challenges from birth onward, such as delayed developmental milestones. Other possible challenges include:

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It’s About Celebrating Abilities!

It’s About Celebrating Abilities!

Downs Syndrome awareness month is coming in October. The National Advocate for People withDowns Syndrome is having it’s annual Buddy Walk. Persons with Downs and their friends and family are encouraged to participate.

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How sensitive to cultural differences are you?

How sensitive to cultural differences are you?

According to the United States census bureau, 36% of the population described themselves as “nonHispanic white”. By 2050, fully 50% of our nation will be comprised of persons who identify as other than Caucasian.

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Mission Valley Center

Kara Dodds & Associates - San Diego
7840 Mission Center Court, Ste. 200
San Diego CA 92108

(619) 692-0622

Monday through Friday: 7:45am6:30pm
Saturday: By Appointment Only

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Santee Location

Kara Dodds & Associates - Santee
8840 N. Magnolia Ave Ste 220
Santee CA 92071

(619) 749-7059

Monday through Friday: 7:45am6:30pm
Saturday: By Appointment Only

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