Speech + Language Therapy helps your little one feel heard.
Speech therapy is much more than just teaching a child to say their sounds correctly. Speech-Language Pathologist’s diagnose and treat a variety of areas that affect you and your child’s day-to-day life.
Our speech therapists specialize in:
Expressive - Receptive
Stuttering and pacing of words + speech.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication
When is it time to get speech therapy?
If your child is not reaching typical language milestones or experiencing difficulty with speech sounds, understanding and using words, or forming sentences, it is recommended that you seek an evaluation from a speech-language pathologist.
Follow your instincts! If you are concerned about your child’s speech and language development, schedule a free screening or a full evaluation.
Speech Sound Development
NOTE: Children can develop these sounds before these ages and many sounds have a time range of mastery
Crowe, K., & Mcleod, . (2020). Children’s English Consonant Acquisition in the United States: A review. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 1-15.
Language Milestones that Matter
- Knows a few body parts
- Follow simple commands
- Understands simple questions
- Points to pictures when named in books
- Puts two word together
- Acquires new words regularly
- Has a word for almost everything
- Understands new words quickly
- Asks why questions
- Understands opposites (up/down)
- Uses prepositions (in, on under)
- Strings 3 words
- Answers simple who, what, where, why questions
- Uses pronouns and plurals
- Asks when and how questions
- Puts 4 words together
- Knows colors/shapes
- Says rhyming words
- Tells a short story
- Understands words for order and time first/then, yesterday/tomorrow
- Uses correct grammar
- Communicates easily with children and adults
- Names letters and numbers
This checklist is based upon How Does Your Child Hear and Talk?, American Speech–Language–Hearing Association.
Speech Therapy FAQs
From a Parent:
“Colleen has made such a positive impact in my son’s life over the last year. She is so down to earth and approachable which has allowed him to develop a great relationship with her. She always has words of encouragement but pairs them with practical steps to help us move towards our goals. Our whole family has benefited from all the skills and strategies she’s taught us. I went from feeling hopeless about my sons challenges to feeling empowered and optimistic.”
Meet Our Speech + Language Team
Colleen, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA
Colleen Lama, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA is the owner of Lama Pediatric Therapy. She is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has over ten years of experience in providing pediatric speech and language therapy.
A graduate of Florida State University, Colleen is licensed by the State of Florida and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech–Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Colleen expanded her education and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2015.
She combines both her speech-language and applied behavioral analysis skills to provide quality therapy services. Colleen has a variety of experience working with the pediatric population in both home and clinic settings. She specializes in early intervention and feeding difficulties. Colleen takes pride in working with children and their families to provide exceptional therapy.
Marina, M.S. CCC-SLP
Marina, M.S. CCC-SLP is the lead Speech-Language Pathologist at Lama Pediatric. She was born and raised in Clearwater, Florida. She attended Florida State University where she pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and went on to pursue a Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in Speech-Language Pathology.
She has a passion for working in pediatrics and has experience working in the private setting, home healthcare setting, public/private school setting, and daycare setting. Much of her experience has been in serving pediatric patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder and patients with Augmentative and Alternative Communication needs.
She also enjoys working with children who have speech and/or language delays and has a passion for finding the most functional form of communication for her patients.
Jenifer, M.S. CF-SLP
Jenifer, M.S. CF-SLP is a bilingual speech therapist. She was born in Miami and received her bachelor's degree from FIU. She worked as a Registered Behavior Technician for two years after receiving her undergraduate degree.
She went on to received her Master's of Science in Speech Language Pathology at DePaul University. She has over 5 years of experience working with pediatric patients in the clinic, home, and school settings. Most of her experience is in bilingualism, Articulation and Phonological Disorders, Language Disorders, Fluency, Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC), and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is a native Spanish-speaker and fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). She believes bilingualism is a beautiful superpower.
She also thinks that it is important for her to make sure she centers her treatment around the goals of the families she serves, and to make therapy functional and a fun experience!
Courtney, M.S., CCC-SLP
Courtney received her Masters of Science from Nova Southeastern University.
She works full time as a school-based SLP but assists Lama Pediatric Therapy with after school needs.
Insurances Accepted for Speech Therapy
We accept Aetna, Tricare, UHC, Sunshine, Simply for speech therapy services.
We are out of network with BCBS for OT/Speech Therapy.