Best Speech Pathologists in San Diego

Why These Speech Pathologists?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored San Diego Speech Pathologists on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 2. Qualifications

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 4. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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Crimson Center for Speech & Language Pathology

The Crimson Center for Speech & Language Pathology opened in 2003 to match speech and language therapy programs with clients in San Diego. The clinic’s accent reduction program assists non-native English speakers to become more effective communicators. The clinic also offers a Paired Peers program to help children develop language skills in plan and semi-structured social settings. The center's More Than Words program assists parents of children with autism spectrum and other related disorders.

San Diego, CA 92126


Developmental Therapy Center

Developmental Therapy Center has four offices in San Diego, Carlsbad, Irvine, and San Jose to provide well-balanced development treatment that allows clients to live fully. The center’s speech therapists assess, diagnose speech and language delays and disorders, and provide direct one-on-one treatment. The clinic uses a child-directed developmental play approach to its therapy. Therapy for speech disorders, however, is typically drill-based to target the actual production of individual sounds.

San Jose, CA 95128


Hein Speech-Language Pathology

Hein Speech-Language Pathology is a small private practice in San Diego that opened in 1986. The husband-and-wife team that runs the practice are both licensed speech-language pathologists, each with more than 35 years of clinical experience. The clinic works with children and adults suffering from communication issues such as stuttering, articulation, and voice production due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other disorders or disabilities.

San Diego, CA 92111


Jodie K. Schuller & Associates

Jodie K. Schuller & Associates in Del Mar provides comprehensive therapeutic services for children and adults with speech, language, and education needs. Owner Jodie Schuller received a graduate degree in communicative disorders from San Diego State and opened her practice 15 years ago. She was a San Diego Woman of the Year nominee in 2015 from San Diego Magazine. One of her colleagues wrote, “As a specialist in pediatric attention disorders, I frequently evaluate children with speech and language problems. Jodie Schuller is at the top of my referral list for help in dealing with these complex issues.”

Del Mar, CA 92014


Mellisa Essenburg, M.S.

Mellisa Essenburg, M.S., is a speech-language pathologist who has a private practice in San Diego. Ms. Essenburg has a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Northern Arizona University, and she has completed training in auditory-verbal therapy, myofunctional disorders, and fluency disorders. Among the services Ms. Essenburg provides are auditory verbal therapy, pediatric speech and language therapy, and myofunctional therapy.

San Diego, CA 92111


RL Speech Therapy

RL Speech Therapy provides pediatric speech and language services in San Diego. The clinic believes in providing clients with a natural-based therapeutic approach. RL Speech Therapy offers full speech and language evaluations and provides individualized therapy plans for a range of speech and language disorders. The clinic offers flexible session payment options.

San Diego, CA 92120


San Diego Center for Speech Therapy

San Diego Center for Speech Therapy is a multidisciplinary therapy center that for more than 15 years has provided services from locations in San Diego and La Mesa. The company is an SD Regional Center vendor and offers free speech therapy services for children who qualify. Two of the company’s speech-language pathologists are also orofacial myologists, two of the only three such specialists in the San Diego area. The clinic is the referral source for more than 150 medical specialists in the region.

San Diego, CA 92130



SmallTalk is a speech and occupational therapy company with two locations in San Diego and a third in El Cajon. The company has helped children throughout San Diego County with speech disorders for more than seven years. SmallTalk offers 30-, 45-, and 60-minute speech-language treatment sessions focused on age-appropriate, individualized goals, as well as small social language groups of two to five children. The practice also visits local preschools and provides free speech-language screenings.

San Diego, CA 92128



SPOT Kids is a private center in La Jolla that has offered a range of therapy services for more than 11 years. The clinic has a partnership with the San Diego Regional Center to provide occupational, physical, and speech therapy to children needing early intervention services at no cost to the family. The clinic also contracts with local schools to provide services in the educational setting. Skilled therapists will provide a free in-house screening at the SPOT Kids center to determine a child’s skill level in speech-language, fine motor, and other areas of development.

La Jolla, CA 92037


Therapeutic Approach to Growth

Therapeutic Approach to Growth supports individuals of all ages and functioning levels needing therapy services with locations in San Diego and Carlsbad. The company’s speech therapy services are provided or supervised by an RDI® Program Certified Consultant who is also a licensed speech-language pathologist. Therapy sessions run 50 minutes each, and parents are encouraged to attend.

San Diego, CA 92126


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