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Pediatric Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapy Centers
in San Diego
Kara Dodds & Associates

San Diego: (619) 692-0622

Santee: (619) 749-7059


Does your child walk on his or her tiptoes?

Sometimes toe-walking is related to diagnoses such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. Other times, there is no apparent cause for a child’s toe-walking. This is known as Idiopathic Toe-Walking.

Toe-walking is common as children first learn to walk and even in children 2-3 years of age. If your child has been walking for 6 months or is over 2 years old and walks on their toes regularly, they may benefit from physical therapy services. Physical Therapy is highly recommended if toe-walking is accompanied by tight calf muscles, decreased foot or ankle range of motion, decreased balance, frequent falls, or a lack of muscle coordination.

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Social Skills Camps Now Forming!

It's that time again! Now enrolling for KDA Social Skills & Language camps.  Camps lead by SLP's Cocoa, Casey, Sam, and Vidya. Sign your child up today & let the fun begin!

Summer Travels?

summer travel

Our Occupational Therapists recommend this "pack sheet" making travel positive for both kids AND parents! Be sure to plan ahead and begin summer time fun!

Picky Eaters vs Problem Feeders

Picky Eaters vs Problem Feeders

When do picky eaters become problem feeders? If you have these questions about your child contact us today get more information from our Occupational Therapist who specializes in SOS feeding therapy. We'd be happy to give your child a free screening too!

Watch our therapists making a difference one child at a time

Video - 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 what comes so easily to some.

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Receptive Language - Therapy Tidbits

Receptive Language - Therapy Tidbits

Receptive language is how listener listens and understands communicated language. Receptive language is important because it's how we take in information and process information. This video shows one way speech therapists can help patients with speech therapy tidbits focusing on receptive language.

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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 provide this free program both in the office and at your child’s preschool site. Screenings are an invaluable service for the community, preschools, and families as it is the cornerstone to determine if communication development is on track for Kindergarten or if services are needed to support development to ensure that skills are Kindergarten ready.

Call us today at 619-692-0622 to schedule your child’s screening.  

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 speech or motor system development.  A referral is first typically made by their Primary Care Physical and/or an early intervention provider.  Parents too can call directly for an evaluation if concerned.  During an assessment a therapist will address parent’s concerns while evaluating the child for current developmental milestones while completing an assessment.  Following the evaluation, the Speech or Occupational Therapist will determine whether or not the child will need ongoing services.

How are these services delivered?

Services tend to be scheduled on weekly appointments in a 1:1 setting and can be home or clinic based .

Ready for a fun therapy environment, that truly cares about your child and your family?

Come experience the difference!

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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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