Multidisciplinary Pediatric Center

Speech and Language Therapists | Encino, Tarzana, & Sherman Oaks
Speech and Language Therapists
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center
  • North LA County Regional Center

Speech and Language Therapy

More than 15 years providing therapeutic treatments for any speech, language, or voice disorders, which include the ability to understand words and expressive language. We Treat a Variety of Pediatric Speech and Language Disorders Including:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Hearing Loss
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorder
  • Language Disorders
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
  • Dysarthria
  • Dysarthria
  • Delayed Language Development
  • Oral Motor Disorders
  • Oral Myofunctional Disorder (OMD)

Early Identification of Speech Delays and Disorders

Early identification includes the evaluation and treatment provided to families and their children under 3 years old who are at risk for having a delay or disorder in their speech, language, or hearing. A child can quickly fall behind if speech and language learning is delayed. Early identification is the key to increasing the chances for improving communication skills.

Language Therapy

At Speech Source Therapy Inc. our speech therapists are trained and experienced in identifying and treating language disorders. Difficulty in producing language includes problems with coming up with words they want to say, switch sounds within words, have difficulty putting words together to form sentences. Problems are also seen with incorrect usage of grammar within a sentence.

Oral Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)

Oral Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) is a tongue thrust correction process that will last about 2 to 3 months depending on the patient. The child with tongue thrust pushes his/her tongue forward against the front teeth or through the upper and lower teeth during a swallow. Some children also thrust their tongue forward during the production of certain sounds (s, z, l, d, t, n) during speech and/or during a rest position with the mouth and lips open. Almost all infants have a forward tongue thrust swallow and by the age of 6 most children automatically change to the “normal” swallowing pattern. However, some children do not. Various factors may influence this swallowing pattern. Some of these include thumb sucking, enlarged tonsils or adenoids, allergies, poor muscle control, and a high, narrow palate.

A forward tongue resting posture may contribute to dental problems, malformation of the jaw, or both. If your child has speech sound errors and/or a dental malocclusion (open or cross bite), correcting the tongue thrust should be helpful in the process of speech improvement and correction of the bite.

Articulation and Phonological Therapy

An Articulation Disorder exists when a child consistently makes speech sound errors that are not usually made by children of the same age. Sometimes articulation disorders are caused by a physical problem like a cleft lip or palate. However, for many articulation problems, there is no known cause. The difficulty in producing a single or a few sounds with no pattern is an articulation disorder. Multiple errors that can be grouped on some principle and thus forms patterns and severely affect the intelligibility of speech are Phonological Disorders. Sounds may be omitted, distorted, and substituted.

If there is a concern about your child’s speech and articulation make an appointment to have him/her evaluated. During the evaluation, your child will be examined in many different situations: naming pictures, counting, describing objects etc. The production of your child’s sounds will be listened to carefully and the speech-language pathologist will determine the kind of errors and their consistency; and recommend a treatment program if necessary.

Oral Motor Disorders

Oral motor therapy is a prominent component of intervention for children with speech sounds disorders. Different tools and materials are used to increase strength, mobility and awareness of the oral musculature.

If you are interested in joining a professional team with whom you can grow, please contact us at SFV: (818) 788-4121
LA: (213) 493-6698
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For more information, call us, email us or send your resume to support@speechsourceinc.com.

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Client Testimonial

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to these kiddos!

"I took my 2-year-old son to Speech Source for his issue with articulation, and Kimberly was our therapist. We had a wonderful experience with her. She developed a quick bond with our son and helped him come a long way with his articulation. She also was very helpful in explaining the process to me, so I could practice with him at home. My son adored Kimberly, and I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking speech therapy for themselves or their child.

Speech Source is also a very well-equipped facility with lots of great toys, books and activities (even a small gym room) that engage children and help them get excited about the process."

- Cynthia L., Los Angeles, CA




Speech Source Therapy knows how to assess a child and give them exactly who and what they need

"We started going to Speech Source Therapy 2 years ago when my daughter turned 3 years old. We were referred. First, we met Heidi, the owner who was so sweet and caring. Heidi evaluated my daughter and chose the perfect therapist for us, Kimberly. Kimberly has been such an asset to my daughters over all communication; in every sense. Kimberly learned my daughter and tailored her sessions specifically for her. My daughter speaks clearly and with confidence. She continues to grow and learn from Kimberly with new innovative and surprising techniques every week. Kimberly is such an asset in our child’s overall development, we have every intention to continue. My daughter has fun and loves to play and learn with Kimberly."

Speech source therapy knows how to assess a child and give them exactly who and what they need. I am so grateful for all they provide for children at all levels. They truly care.

- Forever grateful:) - Michelle

Speech Therapist in Encino

Employment Opportunities

Speech Source Therapy Inc. has open employment positions for SLP, SLPA, OT, COTA, PT, and CDS. We are looking for professional individuals to join our team. Speech Source Therapy Inc. will help guide, support and educate to ensure the highest level of servies possible.

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