Speech-language pathologists, also called SLPs, are experts in communication. SLPs treat many types of communication problems including problems with speech sounds, language, social communication, voice, and fluency.
SLPs are additionally known as speech therapists. Our Blast Off SLPs provide comprehensive evaluations followed by individualized treatment plans tailored to your child’s specific needs. We provide individual therapy sessions in person at our cheerful, clean, and fully equipped Miramar area clinic or via teletherapy if in person visits aren’t possible.
Our Blast Off SLPs specialize in the following areas:
Speech and Language Delays
Articulation and Phonology Disorders
Receptive/Expressive Language Disorders
Social Communication Difficulties/Pragmatic Language Disorders
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Motor Speech Disorders (Dysarthria and Childhood Apraxia of Speech)
Speech-Language Pathologist, President Blast Off Children’s Therapy Services, Inc. CA License # 13795 [email protected]
LuAnn realized her dream of opening a pediatric speech and language therapy clinic in July 2012 when she founded Blast Off Children’s Therapy Services. That dream was furthered when she added occupational therapy and physical therapy to the clinic so that the families she served could have the benefit and convenience of multiple therapies at one location. LuAnn loves watching the progress that is made when children, families and therapists all work together toward one goal!
LuAnn has been a certified speech-language pathologist since 1982. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in education in the area of speech and hearing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and her master’s degree in speech pathology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Over the years, LuAnn has worked in a variety of environments including hospitals, developmental centers, preschools, and outpatient multidisciplinary clinics. LuAnn specializes in pediatric speech and language pathology and has significant experience in Early Intervention and in the diagnosis and treatment of the range of pediatric communication disorders. LuAnn’s experience includes working with children who have diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Delay, Cleft Lip and Palate, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Articulation Disorder, Phonology Disorder, Receptive and Expressive Language Impairment, Pragmatic Language Impairment, Voice Disorder, and Fluency Disorder. LuAnn also has experience in supervision of new speech pathologists and has a commitment to continuing education. She has introductory training in the PROMPT technique and DIR Floortime® and has completed advanced training in SCERTS®, an educational model addressing the key challenges facing children on the autism spectrum. In addition, she is certified by The Hanen Program® to teach the It Takes Two To Talk and More Than Words courses for parents. She is a recipient of the ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE).
Meghan is a therapist who is passionate about finding evidence-based strategies to meet each child’s strengths and needs. She is a current member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and minor in educational studies from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), and her Master of Arts in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University (SDSU). Meghan is a former school-based speech language pathologist and has been working at Blastoff since 2019. Meghan has experience with a variety of ages and speech and language areas including expressive/receptive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, and voice and fluency disorders. She is passionate about serving neurodiverse children and their families and also facilitating social groups to children to encourage communicating and connecting with peers. Meghan’s trainings include DIR Floortime, early intervention strategies, Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cuing for children with apraxia, Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC), and parent coaching. She is a Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) Trained clinician for working with children who communicate with delayed echolalia. Meghan enjoys working closely with family members and caregivers so that their children can grow in their speech and language skills in their everyday lives.
Casandra graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders & a Minor in Psychology in 2013. She then graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2015. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Casandra has many years of experience working with the pediatric population within multi-disciplinary outpatient clinics and strives to meet the dynamic needs of each client. She has experience working in Early Intervention and with clients between the ages of 3-14 years of age with diagnoses including but not limited to Autism, Down Syndrome, Apraxia of Speech, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Hearing Impairment. Further, her expertise includes promoting multilingual language development for bilingual families and treating motor-based speech disorders. Casandra has been formally trained in PROMPT, Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC), the Kaufman method for treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech, DIR Floortime®, and Natural Language Acquisition. Therapeutic intervention strategies employed include the principles of motor learning, developing functional communication skills, and coaching the caregiver. Over the years, Casandra has held the title of Clinical Supervisor for multiple Speech Therapy Clinical Fellows and Speech Language Pathology Assistants. When not at the clinic, Casandra is working towards her Associate of Art in Spanish in hopes to better serve the Hispanic population.
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“We have been with Blast Off since 2018. It is a pleasure to see my children grow and learn at Blast Off. They have soared tremendously! Every therapist has been a delight to work with. Meghan, Mrs. LuAnn, Lauren, and Addie have all created great communication on my children’s development and schedules and it shows. Location is a plus! So for military families that reside on Miramar Base, it is a very convenient and small 5 minute drive away. I appreciate all the services that Blast Off provides as it has been a great help to my children’s development. They truly stand by their work and are here for our children’s needs. We are grateful.”