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Pediatric Speech, Language, & Feeding Therapy

Serving families in the greater New Orleans, LA area

Welcome to Southern Oaks Pediatric Therapy

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We believe that every child deserves a voice and that speech therapy is life changing when parents and therapists work together. Southern Oaks Pediatric Therapy provides private speech, language, and feeding therapy at your child's home or school, in New Orleans and nearby cities.

Tailored to your child's unique interests, needs, and goals.

Experience with ASD and a focus on neurodiversity-affirming therapy.

Play-based learning opportunities and rich sensory experiences.

Convenient services at home, daycare, and preschool locations.

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Our Mission

We are committed to supporting children and families impacted by speech and language challenges, picky eating, and pediatric feeding disorders like ARFID.

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Our Approach

Southern Oaks Pediatric Therapy gets children engaged, regulated, and ready to learn through play! We focus on each child's strengths, not just their challenges.

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Our Specialties

Autism & ADHD

Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Picky Eating & ARFID

Sensory Regulation Strategies
Gestalt Language Processing

AAC Evaluations & Therapy


Meet Your Speech Therapist

Emily Kramer Leonhard, MCD, CCC-SLP, owner and speech therapist at Southern Oaks Pediatric Therapy in New Orleans, LA

Emily Kramer Leonhard, MCD, CCC-SLP

Owner, Speech-Language Pathologist

Emily founded Southern Oaks Pediatric Therapy in order to meet kids where they are, both literally and figuratively. As a private speech therapist with 5 years of experience in Autism Centers and acute care hospital settings, she specializes in helping children reach their communication and feeding goals as they go about their daily lives. She also works alongside parents, teachers, and other therapists to maximize her clients' outcomes. 

Emily is dedicated to supporting the needs of neurodivergent children as they navigate a world that was not designed with them in mind. Her goal is to educate, advocate, and offer tools to help her clients successfully engage with the world around them. 

Advanced Trainings & Certifications

Inside Out Sensory SLP • Pediatric Feeding Therapy • AAC & PECS • MBSimp Swallowing Assessment • Gestalt Language Processing • Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) for Childhood Apraxia of Speech

I can’t say enough good things about my experience working with Emily

I can’t say enough good things about my experience working with Emily. My 18-month-old daughter wasn’t speaking before we started working with Emily. After a few short months, she was right where she needed to be! Emily was super easy to work with, and my daughter loved her sessions with her!


~ Stephanie R, Parent

Getting started with Southern Oaks Pediatric Therapy is easy!

1. Free Consultation

Email or call Southern Oaks Pediatric Therapy. We will discuss your concerns and determine the next best step for your child. 

2. Evaluation

During your child's first session, we will identify their strengths and challenges. Evaluation results, recommendations, and a treatment plan will be shared.

3. Speech Therapy

Begin working toward your child's speech and feeding goals! We will meet in your home or at your child's daycare/preschool.

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We Come to You!

Serving residents of Louisiana in the greater New Orleans area, Northshore, and Slidell.

Easy, stress-free scheduling
No travel or commute time
Support during daily routines
Parent and teacher collaboration 
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Meet your child where they are, not where the world expects them to be.
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