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Best Speech
Pathologists in
San Diego

Why These Speech Pathologists?

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

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

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

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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Addie's AutismFITT Club

Addie’s AutismFITT Club is a pediatric therapy business in Mission Valley. The clinic offers occupational, speech, and physical therapy screenings and services. The company provides scholarships to assist low-income families with paying for treatment. The company works on improving a child’s social language, fluency, voice, and other areas of communication.

San Diego, CA 92108


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Blast Off Children's Therapy Services

Blast Off Children’s Therapy Services opened in 2012 in San Diego as a pediatric speech and language therapy practice and expanded to add occupational and physical therapies. All of the clinic’s therapists are certified in their areas of practice and are state licensed. The clinic’s speech therapists work with children suffering from disorders such as articulation, dysarthria, and stuttering. As one parent wrote, “Blast Off has been a savior. My daughter has made significant progress since coming to Blast Off.”

San Diego, CA 92126


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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


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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


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Excel Speech Therapy Center

Excel Speech Therapy Center in San Marcos provides speech and language therapy services for pediatric clients from throughout the San Diego area. The company is one of three separate, women-owned businesses that have worked collaboratively for more than 10 years to provide family-centered occupational, speech, and physical therapy services. Excel Speech Therapy Center therapists are state licensed and nationally certified. The company uses several different programs to work with clients experiencing autism spectrum disorders, cleft lip and palate, and other speech disorders.

San Diego, CA 92111


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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


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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.”

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K.I.D.S. Therapy Associates

K.I.D.S. Therapy Associates is a private practice that provides pediatric and adolescent occupational, speech, and physical therapy in the Rancho Bernardo section of San Diego. The clinic offers assessments, individual intervention, and group therapy sessions. The practice’s speech therapists work with children to develop both verbal and non-verbal communication skills. K.I.D.S. Therapy Associates also offers a variety of year-round and summer programs.

San Diego, CA 92128


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Kara Dodds & Associates

Kara Dodds & Associates is a pediatric therapy center with locations in San Diego and Santee. The company has provided speech, occupational, and physical therapy services since 2001. The company provides free speech and language screenings and recommends them for children ages 18 months to seven years. Kara Dodds & Associates helps children to overcome developmental delays caused by autism spectrum disorders, apraxia of speech, cognitive deficits, and other issues.

San Diego, CA 92108


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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


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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


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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


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San Diego County Speech Pathology Services

San Diego County Speech Pathology Services meets the communication needs of children and adults in the region from offices in Mission Valley and Encinitas. As one client wrote, “If you are seeking the highest quality of speech pathology services combined with the most professional, ethical staff, you need search no further.” The clinic provides evaluations and therapy for speech-language delays and disorders, stuttering, vocal pathology, and other issues. The clinic also works with non-native English speakers looking to improve their accents.

San Diego, CA 92108


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San Diego Speech Therapy

San Diego Speech Therapy provides mobile therapy services throughout the area from its office in La Jolla. The director is a member of the American Speech/Language Hearing Association and has been awarded its certificate of clinical competence. The company works with clients who have swallowing disorders or tongue thrust as well as those who require speech therapy. A portion of the practice’s proceeds supports speech and therapy services for abused and neglected children.

La Jolla, CA 92037


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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


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Speech Tree Therapy Center

Speech Tree Therapy Center provides in-office and in-home therapy services from locations in San Diego and Chula Vista. The company performs a 30-minute screening of a child’s speech and language skills before determining whether a complete evaluation is needed. The company provides both individual speech therapy sessions and an eight-week group program designed to provide social skills instruction. Speech Tree Therapy Center also offers classes for parents to learn about speech and language developmental milestones, techniques to expand a child’s skills, and other topics.

San Diego, CA 92108


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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


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The Oas Center

The Oas Center is a specialized therapy clinic in San Diego that opened in 2004. The clinic offers speech, physical, behavioral, and social skills therapies, as well as special education services and support. The clinic has 20 speech therapists and an audiologist on staff. The Oas Center offers a range of treatments for clients all along the autism spectrum, as well as those who suffer apraxia, dysarthria, and other voice and speech disorders.

San Diego, CA 92116


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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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