Speech and Language Therapy

Assessment. Therapy. Family Support. Educational Consultation.

Teaching kids how to be in charge of their brains and bodies to support learning, play, imagination, and self-advocacy.

Rebecca received her M.S. in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University (SFSU) in 2012 and her M.A. in Educational Administration in 2017. Rebecca maintains her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice in California.

Rebecca has provided assessment and treatment for students ages 5 to 22 in the public school setting and ages birth to 18 in private practice. Rebecca holds a Specialization in Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) and a Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from SFSU. She works on receptive and expressive language development, articulation, and pro-social communication.


What is the Difference Between “Speech” and “Language” ?

A Speech-Language Therapist works on all aspects of communication from speech clarity to understanding spoken language to expressing spoken language to pro-social skills to build friends as well as using language to manage the big world of emotions.  Below are some key terms that will explain the various areas of my assessment and therapy focus.

  • “Speech” refers to the actual sounds of the language.  It is how we use our lips, teeth, and tongue to make sounds clear and easy to understand by others.  Many children have speech errors that are a typical part of learning how to speak. See this Sound Development Chart and Intelligibility Development Chart to decide whether Speech Assessment is right for your child.
  • “Language” is the whole system of communication that gives meaning to words and sentences. 
    • Communication is how we understand what people mean when they ask questions, make comments, use idioms or sayings, or tell stories.  The part of language that has to do with understanding is called “Receptive Language.”
    • Communication is also how we express our thoughts, our feelings, what we are curious about.  It is how we make requests for our daily living needs and our emotional needs. It is how we tell jokes, tell stories, and communicate to the world who we are.  This is called “Expressive Language.”
    • Social Communication is about how we  learn the rules and nuances that help us navigate the world of social relationship.  It involves how we enter a room and what we do depending on whether people are quiet or talkative.  Social Communication is about how we observe the social world, interpret what is going on moment-to-moment in the social world, and how we make choices about interacting to build positive relationships that lead to collaborative play and learning as well as deep, meaningful relationships.

I am a specialist in all of the above and have exceptional training in working with children on the Autism Spectrum, supporting parents with play-based speech and language development, and collaborating with school teams on supports that include accommodations, modifications, and teacher-training

For rates and more information, please contact Rebecca.

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