Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy

Let’s Have A New Conversation

As a parent, when your child is having trouble speaking, we know it can be both overwhelming and heartbreaking. All you want is to hear 4 simple words: “I Love You, Mama.” We want you to know that our speech therapists have the tools, resources and strategies for your child to give you the #1 thing your heart needs right now: Hope.

Behaviors You May Notice First
4-7 MONTHS
  • Your child isn’t babbling (e.g. bababa, dadada)
14-18 MONTHS
  • Has only a few words
  • Not imitating simple sounds, words
  • Not imitating simple actions or gestures
  • Not pointing to or identifying familiar objects (15 months)
18 MONTHS
  • Not understanding what people say
  • Using less than 25 words
24 MONTHS
  • Not putting 2 words together
  • Saying less than 50 words
2-3 YEARS
  • Not playing well with other children
  • Not talking to other children
3 YEARS +
  • Difficulty understanding what your child is saying (unintelligibility)
  • Difficulty engaging with peers in pretend or imaginative play
  • Demonstrates a “loss” of language or words
At Milestone, we’re ready to have a new conversation about the infinite potential your child has and how our therapists can help you build the positive foundation necessary for success.

Talk to one of our speech therapists about your child today. 

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From An Empowered Parent

“Wooohoooo! She’s absolutely the most passionate Speech Language Pathologist we have ever met!  We are so lucky to have her!!!!”

@wonderwomanpauline

With Speech Therapy, Our Focus Is Clear

We treat a wide range of speech, language and social communication disorders for kids who have different levels of abilities.  Our goal is to determine what tools and strategies are best for each individual child and specific areas we focus on include:

  • Articulation & Cognition
  • Expressive and Receptive language
  • Fluency
  • Feeding and Swallowing
  • Form (phonology, morphology, syntax)
  • Hearing
  • Social communication (greeting, commenting, asking questions)
  • Pragmatics
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Meet Your Milestone

Speech Therapists

The support you need to create the results you want for your child. Our expert team of speech therapists are passionate about what they do and love communicating positivity, joy and hope to your child so they can thrive.

Lauren B., BS, SLPA

FUN FACT

I love anything that tastes super sour!

Lauren is originally from a little town outside of Lake Tahoe called Grass Valley, CA.

She went to school at Northern Arizona University where she graduated early with her bachelor of science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

For the past two years, Lauren has been working as an SLPA in the school setting where she provided therapy to students in Transition Kindergarten through 8th grade. Lauren loves working with children and getting to know them as unique individuals with diverse communication goals.

During her free time, she loves to eat good food, go running outside, and spend time with her friends and family!

Leanne B., MS, CCC-SLP, CLC

FUN FACT

I used to be in the circus!

 

MY WHY

I love the problem solving that goes along with finding out what makes a little person tic and how to best teach them.

Leanne is originally from the sunshine state. She earned her Master of Science at Florida State University in 2012, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences with a minor in Classical Civilizations in 2010. 

Leanne has provided pediatric speech therapy with a special focus on children and families with severe and multiple disabilities, she has experience with dysphagia (swallow disorders,) articulation and phonological disorders, early language and pre reading skills, AAC and feeding therapy. 

She recently completed additional certification as a Lactation Consultant. With additional training in human lactation and necessary skills at the breast and bottle, Leanne can support difficulties arising from both typical feeding relationships and children with complex medical histories and feeding needs

In her spare time Leanne enjoys reading, sketching, yoga and chasing her own two little girls.

 

TRAININGS + CERTIFICATIONS

  • Certified Lactation Consultant
  • AAC Specialist + Dysphagia

Kelly F., BA, SLPA

FUN FACT

I am a huge Jane Austen fan and I have read all of her books!

 

MY WHY

I find so much joy in assisting every individual in finding their voice and communicating with people around them.

Kelly is originally from Indiana, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree  in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University. 

Prior to moving to San Diego, Kelly lived in Chicago and provided speech and language services for 10 years in the Chicago Public School system. Kelly is devoted to helping every child achieve their communication goals. 

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and traveling.

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Alex K., MA, CCC-SLP

Co-Lead Speech Language Pathologist

FUN FACT

I can speak Bulgarian.

 

MY WHY

I’ve always felt I wanted to help people form and shape connections through communication as a whole. I truly believe it is the most important thing that connects humans.

Alex is originally from Canada and completed her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI in 2015. Alex received her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences with a minor in linguistics at the University of Western Ontario in 2012. 

Alex has worked for 4 years in an acute care rehab treating a variety of diagnoses and ages with conditions including dysphagia (swallowing disorders), articulation disorders, pragmatic language disorders, disorders of voice and fluency and receptive and expressive language disorder with a special interest in Dysphagia. 

Alex is passionate about working with kids and families to facilitate a holistic approach in achieving the most optimal and functional communication.

In her spare time, Alex enjoys yoga, tennis, and soaking up the San Diego sunshine!

 

TRAININGS + CERTIFICATIONS

  • LSVT Loud Certified

Leigh M., MS, CCC-SLP

FUN FACT

 I enjoy rock climbing. Climb on!

 

MY WHY

To help foster genuine connections between children and their family and peers.

Leigh was raised in beautiful San Diego. In 2017, Leigh received her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Seton Hall University. In 2014, received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences from San Diego State University. 

She has experience working in a variety of settings but especially enjoys working in a private practice with a diverse population and families. 

She is passionate about using a family-centered and holistic approach to intervention and creating positive experiences to enhance communication. 

Outside of work, you’ll likely find Leigh running errands around town, trekking the mountainside with her dog, rock climbing, or enjoying delicious food across San Diego.

 

TRAININGS + CERTIFICATIONS

  • PROMPT
  • SOS Approach to Feeding
  • Certified in LSVT LOUD
  • Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk

Kristin R., M.S., CCC-SLP

FUN FACT

I love climbing, traveling and learning languages!

 

MY WHY

I love those special moments when a child turns to their parent and starts communicating something new! The smile in return is priceless.

Kristin is a Southern California native who graduated from UCLA with a major in English Literature in 2012.

After volunteering in a speech and language clinic she realized her passion was in the area of communication.

She then returned to school and obtained a second bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Utah State University in 2015, and then a Master’s of Science from Missouri State University in 2017.

Since then she has worked in both private and school settings and continues to show a passion for both.

Kristin has had the opportunity to work with students with a variety of conditions ranging from articulation disorders and speech delays to children with complex communication needs. 

Through her experience with working with students with complex communication needs, Kristin has developed a passion in the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

She has conducted evaluations, provided therapy, and training on both high tech and low-tech AAC for teachers, service providers, and parents.

She has experience in working with children that require different access methods such as eye gaze, or switches along with a multitude of devices and vocabularies.

Kristin continues to hone her skills by participating in trainings and researching evidence based practices.

When she is not working, Kristin can usually be found out in nature either hiking, climbing, backpacking, or at home with her partner and two kitties, Coco and Tulip.

 

Kayla S., MS, CCC-SLP

FUN FACT

I very rarely have on matching socks!

 

MY WHY

I love watching the delight on the faces of kiddos and their parents as they learn new skills.

Kayla was born and raised in Astoria, Oregon. She received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Idaho State University in 2018 and her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Portland State University in 2015. 

Kayla has clinical experience in many settings including the school system, private practice, skilled nursing facility, and pediatric outpatient clinics. Kayla is passionate about working with children in early intervention, aural rehabilitation, dysphagia, articulation and phonological disorders, and aphasia. 

Kayla is a Navy spouse and when she is not at work she spends her time showing the world to her babies! She also loves anything involving dogs, traveling, and knitting!

Autumn S., MS, CCC-SLP

Co-Lead Speech Language Pathologist

FUN FACT

I know the song lyrics to way too many songs, and can memorize the lyrics to a new song after hearing it 2-3 times.

 

MY WHY

I became a SLP because I am passionate about helping people be able to communicate.

Autumn earned her master’s degree from California State University San Marcos in speech language pathology in 2015 where she also earned her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with a minor in linguistics in 2013.

Autumn has provided speech and language services for children with a variety of speech and language disorders including Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Dysphagia (swallowing disorders), articulation and phonological disorders, pragmatic language disorders, and receptive and expressive language disorders.

Autumn is passionate about providing individualized care to help children and families meet their goals.

In her free time, Autumn enjoys baking, spending time with her family and dog, and traveling the world.

 

TRAININGS + CERTIFICATIONS

  • PROMPT Trained

Frequently Asked Questions

  • It can sometimes be difficult to know if a service is needed for your child.  That’s why at Milestone Pediatric Therapy we offer free consultations to help guide you to the best treatment for your family.  Our therapists’ goal is to get you the help you need and for your family to be empowered to make the next best choice for your child.  Additionally, speaking with your doctor is also helpful to decide if therapy is needed.

    • Apraxia & Oral Motor Deficits
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    • Auditory Processing & Reading Difficulties
    • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
    • Down syndrome
    • Feeding / Swallowing difficulties
    • Global Developmental Delay
    • Speech Language Day
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Neurological Conditions
    • Rett Syndrome
    • Stroke
  • At Milestone, we make it fun!  We help your child learn how to improve their speech, their sounds, their fluency, articulation and/or resonance.  And, if necessary, we also focus on helping them put together words, share thoughts, ideas and feelings.  We also help your child use proper grammar, syntax and content so their verbal and nonverbal communication gives them the tools they need to fully engage with peers and family members.

Let’s Connect

We would like to meet with you and your family to determine how we can help.

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