UTLEY

Speech Therapy, PLLC

UTLEY Speech Therapy holds speech therapy sessions on Mondays from 4:00-6:00pm at the Braeden Keller Community Center in Castroville, TX. At this time, all appointment slots have been filled. Please contact us today to get on the wait list!

*We will soon be accepting Medicaid and Tricare East insurances. Please check with your insurance provider to see if your child is eligible for speech therapy services!

Our mission at UTLEY Speech Therapy is to provide critical speech services to children with disabilities living in commonly underserviced communities throughout Texas via online therapy.

Do you have concerns about your child's speech or language skills? Children who have trouble communicating may experience frustration, anger, and tantrum behaviors. Imagine needing something, and not being understood. These negative behaviors can be resolved through dedicated speech therapy with a licensed & certified speech language pathologist. At UTLEY Speech therapy, we believe that families who improve their communication skills with one another can grow leaps and bounds. We provide in-home family training for caregivers and children who exhibit a speech delay.

We can help take your family from frustrated to functional by building communication skills through speech therapy and family coaching.

If you have concerns about your child's speech or language skills, give us a call at 210-570-7272. We offer comprehensive evaluations and FREE screening and consultations for early childhood to school-aged children. Click on the areas below for more information.

Language

Language is any form of communication whether spoken, written, or gestural. It can be broken down into two components: receptive and expressive. Spoken language requires both receptive listening and expressive speaking. Written language includes both reading (receptive) and writing (expressive). Communication can occur with the understanding of gestures (e.g. pointing, facial expressions, body language), sign language, or by exchanging picture symbols. People who are nonverbal may also communicate with an Augmentive and Alternative Communication (AAC) device.

All these types of language have their own set of rules for the correct use of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics in communication.

If a child is not meeting the typical developmental milestones for their age group, they may have a language disorder. We offer comprehensive evaluations in order to determine the presence or absence of a language disorder.

Fluency (Stuttering)

Fluency in speech refers to a speech disorder called stuttering or stammering. Stuttering is characterized by sound/word repetitions, prolongations (i.e. stretching out a sound), or blocks (i.e. as if the words cannot come out). It is normal for all people to stutter sometimes, especially when we are nervous or rushed. If stuttering is evident in most of a person's speech, it may impede the message they are trying to communicate. Stuttering can result from neurogenic or psychogenic issues. It may also run in a family. Children who stutter can learn techniques to help them reduce the amount of stutters in their speech. We can diagnose the presence or absence of a fluency disorder with a thorough evaluation in this area.


Articulation

Articulation, or speech sound, disorders occur when sound errors or substitutions are made in place of correct sounds (i.e. saying "wabbit" for "rabbit"). Difficulties in this area can be a result of neurological disorders (i.e. cerebral palsy), structural problems (i.e. cleft palate), or sensory causes (i.e. hearing loss). Speech sound disorders can also exist where there is no underlying cause. There are differences in sound acquisition milestones for girls and boys.

Young children will normally simplify adult speech as they learn to talk. However, if a child continues to have difficulty producing appropriate speech beyond their developmental milestones, they may have a speech sound disorder. We can diagnose the presence or absence of a speech sound disorder with a screening or an evaluation.

Note: A speech sound disorder is not the same as a speech difference, such as an accent or regional dialect. Learning a new language or more than one language at a time will not result in a speech disorder in typically developing children.

Pragmatics

Pragmatic Language is the social use of language. It involves taking turns when conversing, socializing with others and using language for a variety of purposes. Language can be used to gain information, comment, or greet others. Understanding social conventions, or rules for conversation, is an import part of social language. Turn taking skills, understanding body language, gestures or facial expressions are all part of Pragmatic Language. At UTLEY Speech Therapy, we can diagnose and treat Pragmatic Language disorders.

Olga Utley-Rodriguez

MS, CCC-SLP, Owner

Hello, I look forward to meeting with you and answering any questions you have! I have been an elementary school educator for over 20 years. I became an SLP in 2017 and love working with school age children and preschoolers. I have a special place in my heart for children with disabilities and it is my calling to help them communicate effectively and advocate for their needs. In addition to starting my private practice, I create speech materials for SLPs and parents on Teachers Pay Teachers (SLP-MVP), and customized, functional communication books- available on Etsy (UtleySpeechTherapy).

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University - Kingsville in 1998

  • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Woman's University in 2017

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC)

  • Member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)

  • Licensed to practice speech-language pathology in the state of Texas

  • Certified by the State Board of Education

  • Member of the Castroville Area Chamber of Commerce

Services

  • We offer formal speech and language evaluations, complete with expertly written reports.

  • FREE informal screenings of speech development are available (without a written report).

  • We provide specialized, speech teletherapy sessions for school aged children across the state of Texas.

  • Now offering intensive, summer speech therapy program to help build up skills before school starts.

  • In-home and online family coaching to build communication skills and understanding.

  • We specialize in Articulation, Receptive Language, Expressive Language, Fluency (stuttering), Pragmatic Language (social skills), Cognition, and early literacy.

  • Personalized, functional communication books for children available for purchase on Etsy (@UtleySpeechTherapy).

  • SLP resources available for purchase on Teachers Pay Teachers (@SLP-MVP).

What people are saying

Tanya D. said:

"I can't say enough great things about Ms. Olga! My children have been seeing her for a couple of years now and the progress they've made has been amazing. I see results not only in their speech but in their behavior as well. She makes learning fun for the children. You can see and feel the love that Ms. Olga has for the children and the passion she has for the work she does. For that I will always be grateful-- "


Aimee P. said:

"Highly skilled speech therapist! My son has grown leaps and bounds with his communication skills since he started with Ms Olga! He knows she understands him using his own specific set of language skills, developed and shaped with her guidance. "


Juanita P. said:

"Olga Utley is so professional and I have seen first hand how she works with children. She does an excellent job of helping children feel at ease. She makes speech enjoyable and fun by playing games meanwhile teaching them articulation skills."



Contact us today

Owner, Olga Utley-Rodriguez MS, CCC-SLP

phone: 210-570-7272

email: Olga@UtleySpeechTherapy.com

Helpful Speech and Language Links:

Olga Utley-Rodriguez MS, CCC-SLP is employed full time at Northside ISD in San Antonio, TX. It is considered a conflict of interest to see students residing in the same school district where the SLP is employed. UTLEY Speech Therapy, PLLC maintains the highest values and will not engage in any activity that is considered unethical. We currently serve students in person that reside in Castroville and surrounding areas.