Strides In Speech

Strides In Speech is a dynamic pediatric Speech & Language practice with locations in Alamo and Orinda. We look forward to meeting you!

Strides In Speech opened its doors in 2013 and has been serving the community ever since! We are proud to serve families in Winchester, Arlington, Medford, Woburn, Melrose, and surrounding communities. Our Speech-Language Pathologists are committed to the individual progress of each and every one of our clients, and our custom therapy plans are designed to meet the unique needs of each child. Enhancing communication skills is at the heart of ALL we do!

You know I’m passionate about tongues and airways! 💯 Comprehensive care that looks at each client from a “whole person” perspective makes a remarkable difference!

The tongue plays an important role in speech, swallow, sleep, and breathing and adequate tongue mobility is essential for optimal growth and development of the upper and lower jaws. #TongueTieTuesdays

#Tongue #TongueTie #Frenuloplasty #orofacialmyofunctionaltherapy #myofunctionaltherapy #swallow #speech #sleep #breathing #facialdevelopment #thebreatheinstitute #wholehealth #wholefamily

Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of ASHA members in providing life-altering treatment. Happy BHSM to fellow SLPs, colleagues, and friends! To the families we serve - thank you for letting us be part of your lives! ♥️

Another great post by The Breathe Institute! Distortions of /s, z/ are often the physical presentation of an anatomy-based root cause. Working with a skilled, seasoned therapist who understands this can make all the difference!

A low tongue rest posture habit can be lasting even if the causative factors are corrected ie. Tongue tie has been released or nasal breathing has been established. Myofunctional therapy can help correct the tongue resting position - creating better habits for better health. #MyoMondays #MyofunctionalTherapy

We are so very excited about this!

Visit our County page (Contra Costa County Library) Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 see Online Storytime with your favorite Contra Costa County Library staff.

How cute are these kid-friendly jokes?? Lend a laugh to your family’s Saturday!

20 Virtual Field Trips to Take with Your Kids | Adventures in Familyhood

Happy #FieldTripFriday! 🐙🐠🐟🐍🐞🦋🐒🐸🐯🎨🏵🩰🎟 Explore zoos, aquariums, museums and destinations around the world without leaving home. Here are 20 virtual field trips you can take with your kids.

Working from home - with a view! What a treat to be able to work virtually and “see” so many of my families this week!

Thanks JLS Fitness & Beyond/ JLT Gymnastics for this fun activity!

I am LOVING the posts put out by Play to Learn Preschool! Simple, fun, play-based, and easy to follow. Enjoy!

Kelly Rose Sarno

Perfect experiment for your littles today!

In case you need to teach your little why washing hands stops the spread of germs 🦠 🧼 🖐🏻

Clients always see me disinfecting surfaces, toys, and therapy tools between appointments and know how committed I am to keeping everyone healthy (be gone, germs! 🦠)Thankful today that Safeway is restocked on these bad boys! 🙌🥳

This graphic is pure magic. Oral habits can have dramatic effects on orofacial development!

We just love how nicely this image displays the effects of #ThumbSucking
#Repost @thethumbsuckingclinic - Changes to the oral structures from thumb sucking 👍🏻
What starts off as merely an instinctual need to seek nutrition and comfort can become a habit that extends into childhood❤️.
Developmentally, our little people should begin to grow out of thumb and finger sucking as they gain control over their phasing bite reflex around 6 months. 😬
Modern children have softer diets and less chances to explore their oral environments - chew toys tend to be large and not suitable for oral exploration as babies get older ( often due to choking hazards and safety issues). 🤷🏼‍♀️ So this inability to “grow out of” this infant habit can mean a few things:
1️⃣ impact on growth and development of the jaw and face muscles👦🏻
2️⃣impact on the growth and development of the jaw bones and teeth🦷
3️⃣ impact on the development of normal chewing and swallowing functions 👄
4️⃣ impact on the development of typical emotional and mental age appropriate coping strategies 🧠
Image credit: @medicalstart •

#thumbsucking #thumbsucker #oralhabits #dentaleducation #dentistry #thumbsuckingclinic #oralhygiene #kidsteeth #dentalhygiene #slp #anatomicaldrawings #orofacialmyology #orofacialmyofunctionaltherapy

One of my favorite parts of providing Myofunctional Therapy is helping kids to improve the coordination and tone of their tongues! Your tongue is responsible for so many incredible daily tasks: speaking, chewing, swallowing - and *especially* appropriate rest posture for optimal nasal breathing! Tongues are AMAZING! 👅 😜
#OMT #OrofacialMyofunctionalTherapy #MyofunctionalTherapy

Join us this weekend for hands-on play and LOTS of fun! Please RSVP to reserve your spot!

Bedazzled in Valentine’s Day goodies from one of the sweetest kids in town! ♥️😻🥰 Check out these gorgeous orchids! #LoveLoveLove

“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” - Mr. Rogers
#learningthroughplay #playbasedtherapy

The Breathe Institute

Today’s #TherapyTipThursday, compliments of The Breathe Institute!

Oral rest posture to promote nasal breathing is the cornerstone of therapy for every child who walks through our doors! #ORP!

The nose if for breathing the mouth is for eating 👃👄 #NasalBreathing #TheBreatheInstitute #Wholehealth #Wholefamily

Four amazing days learning with other top-notch providers from some of THE very best Orofacial Myofunctional Therapists in the field. Absolutely thrilled to be bringing this skill set to my clients and families! Special thanks to The Breathe Institute for organizing this incredible training!
@kimberly Benkert @Sanda Valcu-Pinkerton @Sarah Hornsby

The first "Pop Up Playdate" of 2020 was 🤩🥳😍! Looking forward to the next time and bringing new friends together!

So happy to be back in the swing of things after winter break! One of today’s many highlights: the ever-awesome Mr. M showing up to his appointment in his favorite colors, ready to “kick it” at soccer practice! ⚽️ 🥅 Many thanks to his mama for the chance to share this - I ♥️LOVE♥️ learning all about my clients!

Wishing you a season full of love and good cheer! Looking forward to seeing you all in January - happiest of holidays to you and yours! 🎄🕎🥂

I ♥️ the holidays! The energy from the kids this week is electric 🎄 One of the sweetest kiddos brought these beauties today, and they are just as gorgeous as they appear. What a perfectly lovely Tuesday!

35 Children's Books That Teach Empathy And Kindness

Of the millions of choices we make each and every day, may kindness be at the top ♥️ These stories feature messages of compassion, acceptance and inclusion.

Creating bridges and towers out of blocks and knocking them over with pterodactyls and triceratops is the BEST way to target prepositions on a Tuesday! On 🦕 Next to 🦖Over 🦕Under 🦖Behind 🦕

Parents and caregivers are often wondering "What speech and language skills should my child have by this age?" It's a frequent question...and with good reason!

Children are constantly growing and changing, and their speech and language skills are also evolving! It's important to remember that all children will develop on their own unique timeline - this week's #TherapyTipThursday post is a good reference for skills expected at different ages. Speech-Language Pathologists are here to help!

#ASHA #SpeechandLanguageMilestones #EarlyChildhoodLanguage #SLP

It's a wet and rainy day - the perfect time to play!

Gobble till you wobble! 🍁🦃♥️

The Thanksgiving hustle and bustle is just around the corner! As routines change, these great yoga poses from Childhood 101 and @KidsYogaStories are the perfect way to add some calm to your days! #TherapyTipThursday

HAVE BOTH 🥰 Pancakes make the world go ‘round. Wishing you a Sunday full of cozy comfort! 🥞🥞🥞🥞🥞

Talk! Sing! Read! Tell jokes! Whisper! The babies are listening! #TherapyTipThursday

I have sat in both sides of the IEP table: as a school based therapist and a private therapist supporting one of my families. My sentiment has always been the same - child centered is the ONLY way to work as a team. It is our job and should be our goal to ensure that kids have access to the curriculum in a way that supports them academically, psychologically, emotionally, AND socially.

A great visual to highlight the unique qualities between the two!

The difference between SPEECH and LANGUAGE!

Speech pathologist teaches her dog to use a soundboard and now it communicates in sentences

How awesome is this??? Happy Saturday! "I just imagine how much deeper the bond will be."

Looking for quality 1:1 time with your child? Settle in with a few good books! The benefits of reading are endless 📚📖📚📖 #readallthebooks #librarydays #storytime #TherapyTipThursday

The Burnout That Special Needs Parents Experience

For the countless parents in the last 15+ years who have opened their hearts, thank you for sharing these parts of yourselves with me ♥️ Reading this brought so many of you to mind. Heather McCain

Our Story

Strides In Speech opened its doors in 2013 and has been serving the community ever since! Recently relocated to California from Boston, MA, we are proud to serve families in Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, and surrounding communities. In addition to individual therapy, we are proud to offer language-based classes, social communication groups, and communication camps year-round! Our Speech-Language Pathologists are committed to the individual progress of each and every one of our clients, and our custom therapy plans are designed to meet the unique needs of each child. Enhancing communication skills is at the heart of ALL we do!

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