Lucia Lainez, M.S., SLP, C/NDT, Owner
My name is Lucia Lainez, M.S., CCC-SLP, C/NDT. I am a bilingual (English/Spanish) Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in pediatric feeding and neurogenic disorders. I have dedicated my professional career to holistically support young infants and children, as well as their caregivers.
I offer compassionate, personable, and respectful guidance to parents/caregivers with tips and tricks in navigating the most crucial first years of their child’s life. Such tips (@lalaspeechtherapy) include feeding strategies, such as breastfeeding and bottle feeding support for children experiencing challenges, exercises to support muscle coordination for feeding and speech, as well as determining food textures appropriate for each child’s developmental needs. My goal is to support families in developing confidence and sparking joy as they learn to support their child’s feeding and language needs with playfulness and creativity.
I received a Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders with a Minor in Special Education at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California in 2004. In 2006, I completed a Master of Science in Communicative Disorders and a Credential in Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) in Early Intervention Settings. I completed my Clinical Fellowship (CF) at Imua Family Services in Maui, Hawaii, where I provided speech and language intervention services to the early intervention population 0-5 years. In 2012, I completed the Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)/Bobath Certificate Course in the Management and Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy and Other Neuromotor Disorders. In 2013, I completed the NDTA Advanced Baby Course. In 2018, I began volunteering for Feeding Matters, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and professionals working with Pediatric Feeding Disorders.
I am a current member of:
American Speech-Hearing Association (ASHA)
California Speech and Hearing Association (CSHA)
Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA)
SLPs of Color
Bay Area Lactation Associates (BALA)
Why I do what I do
As a young child, my first word was “LALA.” “LALA” meant I was ready to breastfeed, and I did so until I was more than 2 years old. Within those first years of life, my mom noticed my language development was delayed and sought support. I was fortunate enough to receive appropriate medical intervention and speech-language therapeutic support. By 2.5 years old, I was finally able to more effectively communicate, interact and grow in English and Spanish.
As a parent myself, I value the unique personalities and characteristics within each child. My child-centered therapy approach creates intrinsic motivation and authentic interaction, creating a foundation of trust to navigate more challenging tasks. Whether my therapeutic services are in the pool (aquatic therapy), on a horse (hippotherapy), at home/community, at a clinic, or online (tele-therapy and consultation), my clients see it as “just play.” Not only do I strive to target specific goals during our therapeutic “play,” my goal is to keep them doing so with a smile on their face and a twinkle in their eye.