We provide evaluation and treatment for children with various speech and language disorders, specializing in Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
We offer office-based and in-home speech therapy services throughout the San Fernando and Conejo Valleys
We are passionate about helping children learn to communicate in their own unique way. We provide evaluation, differential diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment for children with all speech and language disorders including suspected and confirmed Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Autism Spectrum Disorder, genetic disorders, social communication disorders, auditory processing difficulties, neurological disorders, cognitive impairments, as well as phonological, articulation and various language disorders.
We specialize in providing speech therapy services to toddlers through teenagers. We formulate a unique treatment plan for each child that uses multi-modalities and expertly-selected treatment methods (including, Motor Learning Theory) for each child.
We use a family-oriented and collaborative approach for each child. We offer parent training to facilitate home practice, and advocacy for the rights and services for your child.
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About the Practice
We combine experience with passion, creativity, and dedication.
Linda LaRue, M.A., CCC-SLP
Linda has 30 years experience evaluating and treating children of all ages with various speech, language, pragmatic, social communication and cognitive disorders, specializing in Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Linda has 10 years experience working with children with CAS and regularly attends conferences to maintain the most current knowledge and training in the field. She also provides early intervention services with children birth to three years in the home. Linda also has extensive experience with adults, as she spent her first 10 years of her practice working with adults and adolescences with traumatic brain injury and neurological disorders.
She is an Adjunct Professor at California State University Northridge (CSUN) Communication Disorders Department teaching Diagnostics and Early Intervention classes. She was also a Clinical Supervisor at the CSUN Early Intervention Program.
Linda is clinically certified through the American Speech Language Hearing Association and licensed by the State of California. She is PROMPT trained and maintains this extensive professional training through attending conferences with leading experts to learn the most current research and therapy practices.
Savannah Meginnis, B.A., SLPA
Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant
Bio coming soon!
Chiara Perbil, B.A.
Administrative Assistant/Speech Aide
Chiara graduated from California State University Northridge in 2017 with her B.A. in Communicative Disorders. She is currently in a master's program to become a speech-language pathologist. She was a student of Linda and has been working with her since November 2018. Chiara assists with various tasks in the office from developing therapy materials, gathering therapy materials for each session, and creating communication aides for clients. Chiara keeps the office running smoothly with a big smile.
She is also a private swim instructor and lifeguard during the summer months. She has been teaching swim for 8 years now and enjoys working with children of all ages. Her goal is to be a pediatric speech therapist but is open to all the possibilities.
Susan Walker, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist/ Owner of S P O T, Inc.
In our office we have an on site clinic for occupational therapy. Susan is the owner of S P O T, Inc. She has been providing occupational therapy to clients of various ages since 1996. She has worked directly with children and their families in the school, private, and clinic settings. She has extensive experience in Sensory Integrative disorders.
She is Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) certified and experienced in creating sensory lifestyles to address individualized needs. Occupational therapy for children is play-based. Play is the occupation of children and is vitally important for the development of the skills they need to grow into functional, independent adults.
Age: 3, Apraxia
"When we started with Linda my child could speak about 20 words. Within 2 months my child could attempt over 200 words and less than 6 months after working with Linda he is speaking in full sentences. Everyone that knows him is amazed. Linda's patience with both parents and children is endless, her technical knowledge is sharp and she is a pleasure to work with!"
Age: 9, Autism
"We have been with Linda for approximately a year now. I love that Linda keeps activities fresh and interesting. Her energy is on point and our son took an instant liking to her. She is patient and full of great recommendations and advice."
Age: 3, Apraxia
"We started services with Linda when my daughter was 3 years old. She was officially diagnosed with apraxia. Prior to that point she had been receiving speech services with regional for one year, but we had not seen much progress. Within six months of working with Linda, we saw significant progress. As a parent to witness that after all the struggle and worry is the best feeling! I really appreciate Linda taking the time after every session to really educate me regarding my daughter’s diagnosis, review with me what she has worked on in session with her, and provide helpful suggestions of what to practice at home with her. Linda truly cares about the work she does and I feel like she is really invested in helping my daughter. We appreciate her!!!!!"
Age: 6, Apraxia
"Our daughter was diagnosed with Apraxia at age 3. We have had 3 different speech therapists since the diagnosis. In a time of concern to try and find a new therapist with knowledge and skill to help a child with Apraxia, Linda was our saving grace! Immediately saw the blessing in having to find a new therapist because Linda has been so knowledgeable, helpful, kind, caring, and informative. Our daughter has shown great progress and we look forward to hearing our sweet girl express herself with confidence and ease as she grows. Thank you Linda!"
Age: 4, Apraxia
"We highly recommend Linda because she's an amazing therapist and teacher who is always striving to grow and learn. She has helped our apraxic son blossom from a frustrated child to a more expressive and effervescent child. She has been our son's therapist for the last year and she's worked tirelessly with him to improve his motor development skills, adapting her activities and methods to hold his interest. We're constantly amazed at how she can pivot within a session to help him focus and work on his skills, making speech therapy fun for him. Linda always reviews his progress after each session, pointing out his progress as well as areas that need more development. She provides tools and tips that we can incorporate into our everyday lives to continue building on therapy at home. We're so thankful to have Linda as our son's therapist as she is a caring, dedicated, informed teacher who has touched our lives, and given us guidance and support in our family's CAS journey."
Age: 5, Apraxia
"Linda has been my son's speech therapist for over three years. When my son was approximately two and a half years old he was diagnosed with Apraxia. At that time he could make some noises, maybe one word, but he was basically non-verbal. We were lucky enough to be assigned Linda as our therapist and it was such a blessing. From the start she really helped us understand the diagnosis and what the long haul would entail. She is extremely knowledgeable on the subject of Apraxia and was able to put things in terms we could comprehend. She was not only great at teaching us about Apraxia, she is also a wonderful practitioner. She worked incredibly well with my son, tailoring sessions to his age level. I still find it amazing how well she engaged him and always customized his treatments to fit his ever-changing needs. She would also include us in her planning and is excellent at communicating. She educated us on strategies and techniques we could use to continue practicing at home. Linda continually updated us on his progress and future goals. My son is now five and his speech has become much more intelligible. He now speaks full sentences and people are able to fully understand him. Linda helped make that possible. She had patience with my son through his difficult and angry phases. She is an amazing therapist because she cares for her patients and truly has a passion for her craft. She goes beyond just speech therapy and works with our family as a whole."
Age: 4. 1/2, Apraxia
"I could not recommend Mrs. Linda La Rue more! My child was diagnosed with Apraxia at a very young age (21 months) and we started speech therapy right away. We saw almost no progress until we started working with Mrs. Linda 2 months prior to his fourth birthday. When we started working with her she informed us that because the main problem with CAS is speech motor planning and programming we needed to focus on the actual movements of speech structures and muscles during speech attempts. She uses practice and repetition. She uses visual, verbal, and tactile cueing. She provides him feedback so he knows whether his speech attempts have been correct or not. Her approach has helped him produce clearer and more accurate words. He was non-verbal when we started working with her. The skills you taught us will help support my child's speech goals and will be the key to his success. Thank you for supporting our journey and for the motivation for us to dream bigger. We feel blessed and fortunate to have found Mrs. Linda."
About Social Zones
A social communication and self-regulation group organized by a speech pathologist and an occupational therapist
Why choose Us?
Social Zones is presented as a collaboration between a speech pathologist and an occupational therapist in order to engage children in a multi-disciplinary approach toward social integration. Social Zones Groups will combine parts of Zones of Regulation® Curriculum, Superflex® Curriculum, Social Thinking® Curriculum with sensory-motor activities and parent training for a unique approach to self-identification of regulation level, self-awareness of negative thought patterns, and some basic strategies for entering and sustaining social interaction. At the end of the 8 sessions, each child will have an individualized tool box of techniques and strategies for replacement behaviors, strategies and techniques. Additionally, parents will have an individualized toolbox of strategies to assist their child in self-management and social skills.
There is a growing number of children who exhibit difficulties engaging with peers due to a combination of deficits including: social communication, sensory integration and regulation and social interaction skills. There are intervention approaches that address these deficits independent of each other, but very few that address them collectively in one program. We have developed ‘Social Zones’, a social skills program to work on social communication and sensory regulation deficits in a peer group format.
The program will also incorporate parent teaching and training of the techniques for carryover of skills in the home, school and community. The long-term goal of creating Social Zones Groups is to increase each child’s social interaction, self-regulation and communication skills with peers and for generalization of these skills at home, school and community with parent and family support.
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Here's what others have said about our group:
• "The course was excellent and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to participate. My daughter enjoyed participating in the activities and interacting with the other children. She was able to grasp the concepts and build awareness. The parent group was really helpful. I appreciated the opportunity to talk about how to apply the strategies and also to share specific problems and ask questions. I looked forward to going each week. It was a hard summer so the support of the therapists and other parents was really valuable to me!"
• "There were lots of awesome resources and strategies. Excellent staff."
• "For me, the important take aways included understanding the importance of emotional regulation and gaining insight into how to help my child develop more awareness in this area. For my daughter, her biggest takeaway was the Unthinkables. She remembers and talks about these characters all the time."
• "The materials we were given were excellent. My daughter still enjoys looking at her notebook and takes it out to show people."