For more than 7 years, SmallTalk has been helping children in San Diego County reach their greatest potential. We know that learning to communicate effectively is a challenging task for some children. Realizing that one approach doesn’t fit all, our therapists create an individualized approach for each child, using state-of-the-art speech and occupational therapy tools and techniques. Our center offers a warm, playful, family-friendly environment and we encourage parents to observe and learn from each session.

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Speech Therapy

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Individual Speech Language Therapy

At SmallTalk, we offer 30, 45 and 60 minute speech-language treatment sessions. Our therapy sessions are tailored to your child’s individual needs and focus on a set of age-appropriate, individualized goals. We combine a variety of methods and therapy techniques to provide the delicate balance between unstructured floor play and structured activities that your child needs. We believe in the importance of parental education and involvement, and the use of home practice to help children meet their goals and improve their skills.

Speech-Language Evaluations

At SmallTalk, we complete comprehensive evaluations prior to beginning therapy programs. We use standardized measures, informal observations and parent reports to assess skills and determine areas that we can work on. Together with the parents, we create treatment plans and goals that will be the focus of future therapy sessions.

Social Language Groups

At SmallTalk, we pair children with related goals and skills into small groups to practice valuable social skills including working and playing together and having conversations. Group size can range from 2-5 peers, depending on their needs. It is always a fun time!

Preschool Screenings

As a community service, we visit local preschools and provide free preschool screenings. To arrange a speech-language screening at your school, contact Shauna.

  • SmallTalk has been a BLESSING for our son and our family. They have an abundance of patience, a genuine interest and an emotional investment—not only in my son, but in all their kids.

    Melissa S.
  • We are so happy to have found SmallTalk! It’s a friendly and professional environment and the therapists are so great with the kids. We are so pleased with our son’s progress.

    Becky B.
  • I am so impressed with the SmallTalk therapists– not only their knowledge but the way they each connected with my children. They made it fun learning time.

    Jennifer K.
  • My twin daughters have been going to Small Talk and are doing wonderfully! They were delayed in their speech and now have dozens of words in only a few months.

    Susie S.
  • The staff are extremely friendly, listen to my concerns and are using the IEP goals in the therapy sessions. I could not imagine my children anywhere else.

    Marissa C.
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Occupational Therapy

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Individual Occupational Therapy

Our occupational therapy sessions are tailored to your child’s specific needs. Our clinics have OT rooms full of swings, slides, crash pads, and sensory tables. We offer individualized occupational therapy sessions focusing on both gross and fine motor skills as well as sensory regulation.

Speech-Language Evaluations

At SmallTalk, we complete comprehensive evaluations prior to beginning therapy programs. We use standardized measures, informal observations and parent reports to assess skills and determine areas that we can work on. Together with the parents, we create treatment plans and goals that will be the focus of future therapy sessions.

Occupational Therapy Evaluations

We complete comprehensive evaluations prior to beginning therapy programs. We use standardized measures, informal observations and parent reports to assess skills and determine areas that we can work on. Together with the parents, we create treatment plans and goals that will be the focus of future therapy sessions.

Feeding and Oral Motor Work

We have clinicians who specialize in assessing and treating sensory and behavioral based feeding disorders. We work on improving oral motor strength and sensitivity in a happy, positive way, to help children tolerate new foods and textures successfully.

  • SmallTalk has been a BLESSING for our son and our family. They have an abundance of patience, a genuine interest and an emotional investment—not only in my son, but in all their kids.

    Melissa S.
  • We are so happy to have found SmallTalk! It’s a friendly and professional environment and the therapists are so great with the kids. We are so pleased with our son’s progress.

    Becky B.
  • I am so impressed with the SmallTalk therapists– not only their knowledge but the way they each connected with my children. They made it fun learning time.

    Jennifer K.
  • My twin daughters have been going to Small Talk and are doing wonderfully! They were delayed in their speech and now have dozens of words in only a few months.

    Susie S.
  • The staff are extremely friendly, listen to my concerns and are using the IEP goals in the therapy sessions. I could not imagine my children anywhere else.

    Marissa C.
does my child
need occupational therapy?
schedule an OT
evaluation for your child
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Parent Education

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Parent Education Classes and Training

At SmallTalk, we believe parental involvement is the most powerful tool in a child’s success. We are committed to providing education and support to parents, which allows a child to continue practicing and improving speech-language skills at home and at school. Additionally, we offer free courses for parents about early language development and use of sign language for early communication. To reserve your spot at one of our parent education classes, call 619-647-6157 ext. 1, or email shauna@smalltalkspeech.com

Educational Services

We work with families participating in home-schooling programs to provide educationally relevant, curriculum-based treatment. We help to develop goals for the child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or work off a current IEP, participate in meetings when needed and work with a child’s IEP team to provide cohesive services.

  • SmallTalk has been a BLESSING for our son and our family. They have an abundance of patience, a genuine interest and an emotional investment—not only in my son, but in all their kids.

    Melissa S.
  • We are so happy to have found SmallTalk! It’s a friendly and professional environment and the therapists are so great with the kids. We are so pleased with our son’s progress.

    Becky B.
  • I am so impressed with the SmallTalk therapists– not only their knowledge but the way they each connected with my children. They made it fun learning time.

    Jennifer K.
  • My twin daughters have been going to Small Talk and are doing wonderfully! They were delayed in their speech and now have dozens of words in only a few months.

    Susie S.
  • The staff are extremely friendly, listen to my concerns and are using the IEP goals in the therapy sessions. I could not imagine my children anywhere else.

    Marissa C.
does my child
need speech therapy?