The mission of Communication Development Center is to provide high-quality speech and language treatment to children who exhibit communication deficits. To surpass expectation in all service outcomes by providing timely, expert, evidence based culturally sensitive clinical services to all clients and their families. To conduct family centered therapy with compassion, honesty, and sensitivity, while maintaining professional integrity.

Our Clinicians

Jody Stratton, Communication Development Center

Jody M. Stratton, M.A. CCC-SLP

Founder, CEO and Speech-Language Pathologist

Jody Stratton currently serves as founder and president of the Communication Development Center, a practice specializing in pediatric speech therapy and related programs. She brings 25+ years of experience in speech pathology, having built one of the largest speech pathology private practices in Orange County, California. Since 2000, Jody has grown her practice from providing individual in-home treatments to servicing over 100 clients per week in her Costa Mesa-based clinic.

Jody is a well-known and sought-after practitioner by the county’s leading pediatricians, pediatric neurologists, and early intervention program specialists. Her practice extends beyond Orange County’s borders, serving client from San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, as well as international clients in Cairo, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates via tele-practice. Jody and her team of speech language pathologists and speech language pathology assistants specialize in assessing and treating children 0-3 years in their early intervention program and school-age children with speech and language delays, pragmatic and social communication delays, myofunctional disorders, feeding/swallowing disorders, and executive functioning difficulties.

Prior to founding Communication Development Center in 2000, Jody provided speech pathology services in a variety of educational settings, including many Southern California school districts and the San Joaquin County Office of Special Education in Stockton, California, where she provided therapeutic services to the preschool hard of hearing population. Most recently, she She contracted with a local, Title I elementary school where she rebuilt the Speech and Language Program and most recently, she branched out to charter schools at Legacy Traditional School in Peoria, Arizona.

Jody has presented workshops on the assessment and treatment of speech sound disorders to speech pathologists, educational specialists and graduate students over the past 15 years. She is a presenter to the California Speech Language Hearing Association, San Joaquin County Office of Special Education and the Bakersfield Audiology and Speech Language Pathology Association. Jody has developed and conducted parent training courses in early childhood development and parenting children with special needs. She is passionate about mentoring undergraduate and graduate interns, clinical fellows and newly licensed clinicians as well as empowering parents to understand their legislative rights in advocating for their children.

Jody earned her BA in 1997 in Communicative Disorders from the University of Redlands. She earned her MA in Communicative Disorders from the University of the Pacific in 1998. In addition to holding her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech Language Hearing Association, Jody is licensed as a Speech-Language Pathologist in California by the Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispenser Board and in Arizona by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Jody also holds a Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential and a School Audiometrist Certification from the California Department of Health Services and in Arizona, as a school Speech-Language Pathologist by the Arizona Department of Education. Her affiliations include the American Speech Language Hearing Association, California Speech Language Hearing Association and the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

We provide high-quality speech and language treatment to children who exhibit communication deficits. To surpass expectation in all service outcomes by providing timely, expert, evidence based culturally sensitive clinical services to all clients and their families. To conduct family centered therapy with compassion, honesty, and sensitivity, while maintaining professional integrity.

Allison L. Gates, B.A. SLPA

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Allison graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Disorders. She is currently in graduate school, pursuing her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Allison received her Associates of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology Assisting from Orange Coast College in 2009.

Allison was hired in January of 2010 as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. Over the course of many years, her duties expanded to include caseload and client management, human resources, accounts receivables and team leadership. This led to her promotion to Assistant Clinic Director in January of 2017. After serving as the ‘right hand’ to the founder and CEO for over 10 years, Allison was promoted to Clinic Director in August of 2020. Due to the demands of graduate school, she recently moved to part-time working solely as an SLPA

At this point in her career, Allison is a specialist in almost every area of treatment. These include but are not limited to, apraxia, articulation, phonology, oral motor/dysphagia, expressive language, auditory processing, social skills, fluency and voice therapy. She has a true talent in her ability to engage every child of every age ranging from 12 months to 18 years old.

Allison is licensed by the State of California and is an active member of the California Speech and Hearing Association. Allison and her husband David are parents to Jackson, who was born in 2012. Her family is now complete with 2 dogs named Riley and Penny. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family playing games and taking long road trips.

We provide high-quality speech and language treatment to children who exhibit communication deficits. To surpass expectation in all service outcomes by providing timely, expert, evidence based culturally sensitive clinical services to all clients and their families. To conduct family centered therapy with compassion, honesty, and sensitivity, while maintaining professional integrity.

Katelyn R. Moss, M.A. CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Katelyn ‘Kate’ Moss received her Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Saint Louis University in Missouri. She also completed her Bachelor of Science degree from the same university with a major degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor degree in Education. During her undergraduate degree, Kate competed on their Division 1 Field Hockey Team all 4 years, learning leadership, teamwork, perseverance, work ethic and time management skills.

Kate gained experience working with adults at the Paul C. Reinert, S.J. Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic in Saint Louis, Missouri. She provided assessment and intervention with the adult and geriatric population with disorders such as Aphasia, Cognitive Impairment, Dysphagia and Dysarthria. She quickly realized children were her passion, so she moved to the pediatric department where she worked specifically with preschool-age children diagnosed with Apraxia of Speech.

Kate also worked as a private school Speech-Language Pathologist through The Center for Hearing and Speech. She serviced children ages 2-18 years of age who exhibited all types of delays. Areas included articulation, language delay, auditory processing, fluency, apraxia, oral motor skills and pragmatics. She finished her time in Missouri at the Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital where she worked with medically fragile children and children with Autism.

Kate has been working at this clinic for several years and has experience in all aspects of clinical knowledge. She has an infectious personality and her clients adore her! In her free time, Kate enjoys working out and cooking or baking new recipes. Kate loves spontaneous adventures, trying new coffee shops and being outdoors.

Team

Lauren Newman, M.S. CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Lauren Newman received her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from California Baptist University in Riverside, California. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. During her undergraduate degree, Lauren competed on their Division II basketball team for 2 years learning perseverance, leadership, work ethic, time management skills and teamwork.

Lauren gained experience working with adults at the Clinical Education Center in Riverside, California. She provided assessment and intervention with the adult population with disorders such as Aphasia, Dysphagia, Dysarthria, and Traumatic Brain Injury. During her time at both a private clinic and a public school in Anaheim, she serviced children ages 2-15 years of age who exhibited all types of delays. A few of these included articulation, language delay, auditory processing, fluency, apraxia, and pragmatics.

Lauren has always enjoyed working with children. Prior to her work in graduate school, Lauren worked as an Instructional Aide for special education students. In addition, she was a high school girls’ varsity assistant basketball coach. Over the years her passion for working with children has grown, and she continues to teach, inspire, and build relationships with the children she works with.

Lauren has been working at this clinic for several years and has experience in all aspects of clinical knowledge. She has so much fun with her clients and they love working with her! Lauren enjoys staying active, watching and playing sports, and spending time with her family and friends. During her spare time, she loves to travel to different National Parks to hike and camp.