Pediatric Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapy Centers in San Diego

Since 2001, Kara Dodds and Associates team has been dedicated to providing the highest quality speech, occupational, and physical pediatric therapy for children with special needs.  Our certified and licensed pediatric therapists apply the latest clinical methods and techniques using supportive and enthusiastic attitude so that each session is stimulating and productive for developmental growth.

Pediatric Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapy Centers in San Diego

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.

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    In the landscape of life, accessing therapy that works for your family can have its hiccups. We are here to help with many options to access care.

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    Need a combination of the above? We can do that too.

    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

    What Parents Are Saying

    Reviews about Kara Dodds & Associates Pediatric Therapy Centers

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


    via Facebook

    The therapists at KDA are very knowledgeable, professional, enthusiastic, and great with kids. We have been very pleased with our overall experience at Kara Dodds and Associates, Inc and look forward to continuing to work with them. I have recommended them to my friends that are seeking speech services for their children, and I would recommend them to anyone else.

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    via Yelp

    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.

    They are very helpful and open to answering questions. The receptionist is happy and friendly, and every therapist there looks genuinely happy to be at work. By far, the best is Kara Dodds and Associates.


    via Yelp

    They get high marks for explaining insurance and billing so well. Grace is wonderful when checking in and making appointments and Cassandra handles all of my questions and billing inquiries as well. There are so many questions involved with insurance and I make it a point to know that it is my responsibility to know my insurance and what is covered or not. If I ever have questions I call and always get them answered. The most important thing is not my checkbook, but my child’s learning and care.


    via Yelp

    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.


    via Facebook

    Phenomenal therapists that care about your child specifically and their specific needs!

    LOVE Kara Dodds and their therapists!!


    via Facebook

    I’m a parent of a special needs child who needs a lot of therapy and special medication. Money is tight and worries are high. But, I have been at Kara Dodds for 3 years now and would never look elsewhere. My therapist is so dedicated to my daughter and she loves seeing her each week. The office is busy but always friendly! I often visit with Kara directly in the waiting room as she always makes herself available to answer any of my questions immediately. This is a small company does so much for the Autism Community and for ATPF which is how I was originally referred to them.


    via Yelp

    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.

    Today he is like a brand new kid! He is thriving! Talking, playing, and so happy. I am so proud that he is mine, and to have Kara Dodds to thank for helping to give him the words and the will to use them.

    B. Ellson

    via Facebook

    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. It’s night and day now with his progress.

    He is now talking! The office staff is so nice, Kara is fantastic and my son loves going. I drive 45 minutes to this office each week and it is well worth the drive. They bill my insurance directly and its so easy. I’d recommend this office to any other parent.


    via Yelp


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


    via Facebook

    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.

    I am so happy and can’t thank Kara and her staff enough for what they have done for my family.


    via Yelp

    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!


    via Facebook

    Since switching to Kara Dodds, my son has made incredible progress. Everyone on staff is personable, knowledgeable, and helpful. They were extremely accommodating when trying to find a regular appointment to meet our scheduling needs, and they worked really well with our insurance. Sessions are about 45 minutes long, which gives the therapist enough time to really get some work done (in my non-professional opinion). The therapist meets with either my husband or I after every session to discuss progress and goals. They also communicate with his school and other therapists to make sure everyone is on the same page. My son loves to go to speech and looks forward to seeing his therapist every week. We plan to stay with Kara Dodds as long as my son needs speech services.


    via Yelp

    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!


    via Facebook

    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.

    Their customer service is outstanding, friendly and they make you feel like part of a family. Kara Dodds have been so helpful in meeting my child’s needs. They ROCK!!! Thank you!!!!


    via Yelp


    That makes me so happy as a mother to know that my baby girl is happy at Kara Dodds & Associates, Inc.


    via Facebook

    Funding / Insurance Options

    We accept a variety of plans to cover your child’s therapy needs. We bill and work with insurances directly taking the hassle out of it for families.

    We will take the lead on determining coverage and finding the best options available with your plan.

    Call today at 619-692-0622 for more information.

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    We Accept:

    • Tricare (Health Net Federal Services)
    • Kaiser
    • Easter Seals of Southern California
    • San Diego Regional Center (in home or center based)
    • PPO plans including:
      • Anthem Blue Cross
      • UHC
      • Blue Shield
      • Coventry, and more.

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