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Watch our therapists making a difference one child at a time

Watch our therapists making a difference one child at a time

I am so proud of this mini-documentary we made at Kara Dodds and Associates. I am so thankful for the families, and most importantly to the children, who work so hard to improve their communication skills every week.  I also wanted to acknowledge and thank my speech therapists, who help make it all happen! People can often take for granted…

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Early Austism Detection Helps, but it’s Hard

Early Austism Detection Helps, but it’s Hard

Kara was featured in this article about early autism detection and the free screenings she provides to preschools within San Diego County through her work with the Autism Tree Project Foundation! Read more at: UT San Diego: “Early Autism Detection Helps, But it’s Hard”.

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Are you wondering if your child could benefit from therapy?

Are you wondering if your child could benefit from therapy?

Call us today and our therapists will schedule a free screening where we will conduct some basic scales to determine if your child warrants a full evaluation and/or they are right on track with development! Kara Dodds and Associates, Inc. offers free teacher workshops and conducts approximately 2500 free preschool screenings for children throughout San Diego County per year. We…

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What does a Speech Language Pathologist do?

What does a Speech Language Pathologist do?

A Speech Language Pathologist – also referred to as a “Speech Therapist” – provides evaluations and remediation of a variety of disorders and/or delays affecting a child’s communication. What does an Occupational Therapist do? When would a family come to speech or occupational therapy? A family would see a Speech Therapist or an Occupational Therapist if they have concerns for their child’s…

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Press Release – Autism Tree Project Foundation Early Intervention Screening Program Triples Number of Children Screened Annually

Press Release – Autism Tree Project Foundation Early Intervention Screening Program Triples Number of Children Screened Annually

Autism Tree Project Foundation partners with Alpha Kappa Alpha Head Start Program to provide Early Intervention Screenings for 1,200 low-income students SAN DIEGO, January 6, 2014 – The Autism Tree Project Foundation 501(c)(3) (ATPF) has partnered with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Head Start Program in El Cajon to provide free Early Intervention Screenings to more than 1,200 low-income children annually…

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On Autism and How Autism Affects Communication

On Autism and How Autism Affects Communication

Autism is a developmental disability that causes problems with social skills and communication.  Autism can be mild or severe, and not all behaviors will exist in every child.  Some individuals on the autism spectrum do not speak, while others love to talk but have difficulty with conversational speech and/or understanding the nuances of language and nonverbal cues when talking to…

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The Outlook for Childhood Speech Apraxia

The Outlook for Childhood Speech Apraxia

Speech apraxia is one of the great mysteries of childhood speech delays. In speech apraxia, children do not have any damage to the muscles of their face, mouth, tongue, or lips, but still have trouble communicating with words and language.  Sometimes people with acquired speech apraxia (mostly adults) will spontaneously recover on their own.  This, however, is not the case…

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