Speech and Language Services

The mission of the speech and language services at The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders of Southern California is to provide evidence-based, individualized speech and language assessment and treatment, parent education, and community outreach that will improve the lives of children with Autism and neurodevelopmental disorders.

The speech and language department offers thorough, individualized assessment of the speech and language skills for individuals from birth to 22 years who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), neurodevelopmental disorder, or other health conditions that affect development. In addition, the department offers individual and group speech and language therapy, as well as collaboration and co-treatment across disciplines. Individual, measurable goals are designed based on each patient’s evaluation and baseline skill level. The speech program also includes support and informal assessment for the diagnostic team, collaboration with public school programs and other agencies outside the center, parent training, university collaboration, and community outreach.

The following areas are addressed through our therapeutic program:

  • Joint Attention
  • Receptive Language Skills
  • Expressive Language Skills
  • Play Skills
  • Social-Cognitive Skills
  • Feeding/Oral Motor Skills
  • Motor Planning Skills
  • Articulation Skills

Our Speech and Language Program is directed by Barbara C. Moore, M.A., CCC-SLP. Barbara has been a master’s level speech pathologist since 1979 with a Master’s Degree from California State University, Los Angeles. She is licensed by the state of California and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association. She has been the owner and director of Speech Pathology Associates in Irvine since 1983. In addition to being on the Medical Staff at the University of California, Irvine she is also a member of the Affiliated Staff at Children’s Hospital of Orange County and an adjunct professor in the Communication Department at Chapman University.

Michelle Wahlquist, M.S., CCC-SLP is a senior therapist at Speech Pathology Associates and will be working at The Center providing assessment, therapy, and program development. Michelle received her Master’s Degree from Arizona State University in 2000. She is licensed by the State of California and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association. In addition to the services she provides at The Center, she is a member of the Cleft/Craniofacial Team at Children’s Hospital of Orange County.


2500 Red Hill Ave
Suite 100
Santa Ana, CA 92705


Phone: 1.949.267.0400
Fax: 1.949.221.0004
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University of California, Irvine Choc Childrens Chapman University William & Nancy Thompson Family Foundation Children & Families Commission of Orange County