Bayou City Speech & Language is a small boutique pediatric speech pathology practice providing individualized, holistic, research-based treatment with a child-centered focus, and an advocate-based approach.

We see HOPE and PROMISE in every child!

Julie Roberts

As Featured in VoyageHouston Magazine

I am among a growing group of like-minded Speech-Language Pathologists who believes that the emotional well-being of the child supersedes mandating "compliant" behavior. We are autistic allies who assert that all behavior is communication, and that sometimes behavior is the only communication a child may have the ability to produce at that particular moment. We advocate neurodiversity, self-determination, dignity, respect of individual rights, sensory preferences, and the power to say "no". Above all, we seek to understand the reason behind our clients' behaviors. While supporting the child's emotional well-being, we provide them with therapy to expand their communication in meaningful and functional ways, and in the manner which works best and is most natural for the child.©

Mission Statement & Philosophy

My small boutique practice in Houston, Texas allows me to provide individualized, holistic, research-based treatment with a child-centered focus, and an advocate-based approach. The clinic's mission is to develop and grow each child's functional communication skills to their fullest potential in order to build communication independence in the natural environment, and to sustain positive relationships within family, school and community environments.

Mission Pledge

  • I will conduct an in-depth and thorough initial total communication assessment in order to understand your child's unique strengths and target realistic, attainable and measurable communication goals. I will take into account your personal goals and dreams for your child when developing a therapy program for them.
  • I will use evidence-based strategies and engaging activities that encourage your child to communicate, while teaching you how to carry over these communication strategies into your child's natural environment.
  • I will practice research-based treatment and use evidence-based tools and materials.
  • I will be a resource and an advocate for you and your child, through caregiver education and individualized training. I highly encourage you to be in each therapy session where I will teach you facilitation and carry-over skills for faster language improvement.
  • I will stay current in the latest language development research, Autism research, AAC research, and Speech-Language Pathology research by continuing to follow scientific developments in these fields. Furthermore, I will acquire CEUs yearly in the areas I practice.
  • While treating your child's speech and language, I will use a holistic approach, looking at the whole child; I will be aware of child's sensory system, including current limitations, their play development, their pragmatic skills and emotional development, their physical abilities and limitations, their cognitive skills, their diet and nutrition, along with facilitating their functional communication development.
  • I will be ethical in all interactions with you and your child, including providing clear and factual assessment, therapy and progress documentation, and following all ASHA, Texas and Federal therapy ethics, regulations and requirements.

Julie's Bio

Hi, I'm Julie Roberts. I'm so happy that you were called to visit my site!

Over the last 19 years as a pediatric speech-language pathologist, in partnership with parents and caregivers, I've helped to change the lives of hundreds of Houston's children and their families through transformation of each child's communication, using research-based methods and evidence-based treatment practices. It's with this experience that I founded Bayou City Speech & Language, and The StoryBook Changes!™, platforms which provide children, parents and caregivers with the specialized therapy, resources, tools, knowledge, and inspiration to increase their child's functional communication abilities, while living more independent and fulfilling lives. I believe that it is essential that therapy take place in a positive, fun and child-centered environment. I believe that my partnership with parents, and family involvement are key to successful therapy outcomes.

Julie is a native Texan and has lived in Houston since 1999. After growing up in Simi Valley, California, she returned to Texas in 1990. Julie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, Arlington. She received her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas, Dallas, The Callier Center for Communication Disorders. She is nationally certified and received her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and is licensed to practice speech-language pathology within the State of Texas since 1999. Julie has presented at the Texas Speech and Hearing Association conference as a member of her graduate research team, whose work is published in Discourse Processes, 30(3), 265-283, © 2000.

Along with owning Bayou City Speech & Language, Julie is the creator and President of The StoryBook Changes!™, an educational company which publishes a series of interactive children's books that come with parent guides designed to support parents in increasing language facilitation in the child's natural environment. She has a passion for helping families implement and improve total social and functional communication, and interaction with their children. Julie sees hope and promise in every child!

Who We Help

Bayou City Speech & Language is a pediatric private practice specializing in children and adolescents ages 6 months - 20 years. Julie A. Roberts, M.S., CCC-SLP is passionate about empowering children and adolescents to advance their functional communication, verbal and written language ability, auditory comprehension, social-emotional learning and pragmatic communication, and executive functioning to their fullest potential, in order to build communication independence, and to sustain positive relationships within family, school and community environments long after each session concludes. She has been practicing for over 19 years. Julie see hope and promise in every child!

Bayou City Speech & Language specializes in providing evaluations and speech therapy to children and adolescents ages 6 months through 20 years, including those with:

  • Late Talker, Pre-Verbal, Low Verbal, Developmental Delay
  • Jargon, Articulation, Phonological Processing Disorder
  • Apraxia of Speech, Dysarthria
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder; Asperger's; Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • Specific Language Impairment
  • Language-Based Learning Disabilities
  • Intellectual Disabilities, Brain Injury
  • Down Syndrome and other syndromes
  • AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication)
  • Executive function deficits secondary to ADD / ADHD, High Functioning Autism and related disorders
  • Social skills, social-emotional learning, and pragmatic language difficulties
  • Writing and literacy

Julie uses evidence-based strategies and proven programs from leading experts, as well as the latest, research-grounded Speech-Language Pathology assessment instruments, products, software and materials. Julie brings 19 years of hands-on experience in providing therapeutic treatment to children and adolescents.

Autism Spectrum Disorder


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of conditions classified as neurodevelopmental disorders. Under the spectrum, the specific disorders catalogued encompass a variety of symptoms, abilities and debilities.

Children and Adolescents with ASD often have:

  • Differences in social communication abilities and social interaction with others, which typically are recognized within the first two years of life
  • Differences that affect the individual's ability to function successfully at school or in the community

What is the difference between Asperger's syndrome and ASD?

Before 2013, Asperger's syndrome and Autistic Disorder were diagnosed as distinct classifications. However, in 2013, with the latest publication of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), it redefined the autism spectrum disorders to encompass the previously separate diagnoses of autism, Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and childhood disintegrative disorder under one Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) umbrella.

ASD Speech Therapy and Executive Functioning Treatment

Bayou City Speech & Language can help your child or adolescent with ASD increase and enhance their cognitive skills, communication abilities, and social-emotional growth.

Bayou City Speech & Language practices a developmental social-pragmatic model (DSP) during therapy with our clients who have ASD. DSP is an evidence-based developmental intervention which focuses on initiation and spontaneity in communication, and following the child's focus of attention and motivations. We build on your child's current communicative repertoire, even if it is unconventional, and we use natural activities and events to shape and develop their future communication skills. Bayou City Speech & Language practices therapy in a manner which respects neurodiversity and sensory preferences with the goal to empower autistic children to take control of their own communication.

Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder


ADHD is a disorder that makes it difficult for children or adolescents to pay attention and control impulsive behaviors. Children and adolescents with ADHD struggle with "Executive Function Skills" including difficulties with:

  • Attention, Concentration, Memory
  • Metacognition
  • Yelling out answers without being called on, interrupting the speaker, talking too much, and speaking in a loud volume
  • Making tangential comments in conversation, or struggling to organize thoughts
  • Listening comprehension, missing details in both conversation and stories
  • Applying new information learned from previous mistakes
  • Planning, organizing, and completing school work, homework and projects on time
  • Self-regulation of behavior, and monitoring and modifying behavior to fit different situations and settings
  • Explaining or retelling a story in verbal or written form, centering on a topic and chaining a sequence of events together
  • Discussing stories and the points of view of various characters in verbal or written form
  • Interpreting the emotional meaning of words
  • Understanding puns, riddles, sarcasm and other non-literal uses of words, and interpreting the emotional meaning of words
  • Understanding other points of view
  • Pragmatic Language/social-emotional skills

What is the difference between ADD and ADHD?

The terms ADD and ADHD are interchangeable, although the current correct medical terminology is ADHD or Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder.

With ADHD, the ability to comprehend appropriate social interaction, recognize pre-verbal communication cues, and understand basic rules of communication exchange, such as to "wait your turn to reply," are generally intact. Due to the student's distractibility, impulsiveness or other executive function impairments secondary to their ADHD, the child or adolescent may fail to follow those same rules at any particular moment, or even notice social cues at all. Additionally, a student with Executive Functioning difficulties might be a fluent reader, but at the same time struggle with capturing the main point of each paragraph, the running themes in the book, or summarizing what they have just read either verbally or in written form. Writing requires the ability to organize thoughts into a narrative, presume what information the intended audience needs to know, maintain the topic, and write papers to a specified topic and length.

ADHD Speech Therapy and Executive Functioning Treatment

Bayou City Speech & Language can help your child or adolescent learn to compensate for their Executive Function and Pragmatic Language difficulties, and communicate verbally and in written form more effectively. A comprehensive evaluation of each child or adolescent’s speech and language is crucial to developing a customized treatment plan. Speech language treatment will target individualized goals necessary for improved social interaction and academic success.

Speech & Language



A speech disorder is present when a child or adolescent has difficulty producing specific phonemes correctly or fluently past the expected age of acquisition. Speech sound disorders include problems with articulation (making sounds) and phonological processes (sound patterns). Children and adolescents may also have voice disorders (hoarseness or loss of voice), or may struggle with dysfluency.

Receptive and Expressive Language

Language disorders are present when a child or adolescent has difficulty comprehending language in written or verbal form (receptive), or with sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings in words and written form (expressive). Language disorders may involve spoken or written communication, and may involve the form (phonology, morphology, syntax), content (semantics), and / or use (pragmatics) of language in functional and socially appropriate ways.

Pragmatic / Social Language

Social communication disorders are present when a child or adolescent struggles with the social use of verbal and pre-verbal communication. These disorders may include weaknesses in communicating for social purposes (e.g., greeting, commenting, asking questions), adapting their communication in ways to suit the listener and setting, and following social rules for conversation and story-telling. All individuals with autism spectrum disorder have social-emotional communication problems. Social communication disorders are often also present in individuals with other conditions, such as ADHD, learning disabilities and Down Syndrome and other syndromes.

Cognitive Communication

Children and adolescents who have Executive Function disorder or other cognitive-communication disorders demonstrate limitations in their abilities for organizing thoughts, time and tasks, paying attention, remembering, planning and problem-solving. Children and teens with autism and / or ADHD often struggle with executive function matters.

Speech and Language Therapy, Social Language and Cognitive Communication

Bayou City Speech & Language can help your child or adolescent to increase and enhance their cognitive skills, spoken and written communication abilities, and social-emotional growth through 1:1 individualized therapy sessions, executive functioning treatment, and in our group enrichment classes. We also work with children who are pre-verbal to help them to increase functional communication to their highest potential. A comprehensive evaluation of each child or adolescent's speech and language is crucial to developing a customized treatment plan. Each plan will target individualized goals necessary for improved social interaction and academic success.



Literacy is a child or adolescent's ability to read, write, and speak in their native language, and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function in school, the community and in society. Speech, language and literacy are closely intertwined.

Children and adolescents with persistent language disorder and / or developmental disorder such as autism are more likely than their peers to wrestle with literacy development due to poor phonological processing ability, inadequate semantic word and world knowledge, impaired oral comprehension skills, difficulties with auditory processing or short-term memory, and retrieval of words. A student with Executive Function Disorder secondary to ADD / ADHD or autism might have difficulty organizing information before storing it in memory, or difficulty organizing information that is retrieved from memory. The student with executive functioning deficits might fluently read a chapter but not retain what he has read. The student might know the material but be unable to write an answer or start a paper because he cannot organize his thoughts.

Speech and Language Therapy and Literacy

Bayou City Speech & Language can increase and enhance your child or adolescent's literacy abilities in reading and writing. A comprehensive evaluation of each child or adolescent's Listening Comprehension, Oral Expression, Reading Comprehension, and Written Expression is crucial to developing a customized treatment plan for improved academic success. Determined by the assessment results, therapy may include individualized intervention with:


  • Phonemic awareness
  • Decoding text
  • Understanding and using new vocabulary
  • Literal comprehension of text
  • Figurative comprehension of text
  • Making higher-level inferences
  • Predicting and verifying
  • Drawing on contextual clues and background knowledge
  • Study and learning from text
  • Sequence ideas and summarizing
  • Attention, memory, problem solving


  • Structured sentences, paragraphs, essays
  • Spelling rules, sentence structures, use of punctuation, and syntax
  • Word choice, complexity, style, discourse structure
  • Planning: setting goals, generating and organizing ideas before starting to write
  • Drafting, reflecting, revising, and editing
  • Clarity and organization
  • Attention, memory, sequencing, problem solving
  • Clear strategy development, and focused procedures to approach the metacognitive nature of essay writing
  • Writing task initiation, task persistence


A Comprehensive Speech-Language Evaluation is an assessment of your child's total and independent social-emotional communication, executive functioning, verbal and written language comprehension and use.

Direct, one-on-one testing, and analysis of the results will determine the presence and severity of a speech-language delay or disorder, and if so, how it may be affecting your child's functioning in their home, their school, or in their community. This testing is highly individualized, and the speech and language areas assessed will include the following: developmental language skills: oral language processing skills of comprehension, articulation (if warranted), narrative language, verbal expression across four categories: Lexical/Semantic, Syntactic, Supralinguistic, and Pragmatic (social) language.

Bayou City Speech & Language provides Independent Educational Evaluations

Federal regulations direct school districts to inform parents of their right to obtain an IEE, where they may obtain an IEE and the agency criteria applicable to the IEE. 34 C.F.R §300.502(a)(2). Consideration of parentally obtained evaluations by the IEP team is not discretionary, it is mandatory. 34 C.F.R. 300.503(c). "If the parent obtains an independent educational evaluation at private expense, the results of the evaluation (1) Must be considered by the public agency in any decision made with respect to the provision of a [free appropriate public education] to the child." Obtaining an IEE does not mean that the school district must accept the findings or recommendations in the IEE. However, it does mean that the IEP team must review the IEE and discuss it as appropriate.

An IEE will include an in-depth review of all previous school records, therapy records, therapy services provided in the educational setting, accommodations provided and review of educational setting and appropriateness. The written report will include recommendations for measurable and realistic Speech Therapy IEP goals, recommendations for classroom accommodations, and recommendations for Speech-Language Pathology services in the educational setting and in the private setting. Additional consultation fees will be charged for onsite attendance and avocation at the patient's ARD/IEP meeting, per hour.

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Following testing, I will score the tests, analyze the results, review previous records, and write an in-depth and detailed written report. You will receive a thorough evaluation report, including the following sections:

  1. History: Medical, social, developmental, and educational components
  2. Current Functional Status: A summary of current functioning as observed and reported by the family (from the history forms sent to you before the evaluation)
  3. Test Results: Charts illustrating test results, and detailed narratives describing the child's performance on each test.
  4. Behavioral Observations noted during the testing session(s)
  5. Diagnostic Impressions: Summarizing the analysis of the findings.
  6. Prognosis: Estimate of the child's potential for making gains
  7. Estimated Frequency & Duration of Treatment: Estimate of the amount of therapy needed to meet the goals
  8. Functional Goals and Treatment Plan: a written plan of action, outlining the areas in need of treatment, along with realistic and measurable goals. If your child is in the public-school system, goals will be written that are appropriate to the IEP format.
  9. Recommendations for related services, as needed.
  10. Proposed Educational Accommodations as appropriate in your child's educational setting

Generating this report will take several hours; the report will be available in 1 to 2 weeks following the assessment. After the testing is complete and the results are evaluated, I will schedule a follow-up results consultation. At the consultation, I will discuss the results of your child's Speech and Language evaluation and provide you with therapy and/or program recommendations, as needed.

Depending on the age of your child, it may take up to 1-3 hours to complete the various assessments. Any additional information you would like to bring to the assessment, such as your child's IEP or the most current school or outside evaluation, is encouraged. I prefer that the parent or caregiver not remain in the room when testing is being administered because I have found that it can be distracting for the child, and sometimes the parent/caregiver subconsciously feels compelled to "help" the child or "explain" a child's answers, all of which can sway, or invalidate, the results. It is important to remember that testing and therapy have two very different objectives. During testing, I am probing for a ceiling, or limit, on your child's ability in specific areas. For example, a child might have to respond incorrectly to five questions in a row before the examiner stops asking questions and moves on to the next test. Testing must be conducted in a controlled environment, with no "coaching" beyond the practice items from the test administrator, in order to ensure accurate, valid results. I can't tell a child, for example, if the response is correct or not. I also cannot guide the child towards the correct response. It is critical that your child respond to all test questions from their own knowledge and skill base so that I can determine the areas of need.

The evaluation will be recorded in a formal report. After our results meeting, you then are free to distribute it to any advocates, school staff, other team members, and medical professionals, as is appropriate for your child's needs.

If requested, a Team Meeting (such as an ARD/IEP meeting) may be scheduled, to discuss the treatment plan with other treating professionals. There will be an additional charge for this type of meeting.

Assessment results can be shared with school speech-language pathologists, at IEP team meeting for treatment planning and for developing optimal educational plans.

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Individualized Therapy Services at Bayou City Speech & Language

Julie specializes in providing speech and language therapy to children ages 6 months through 20 years, including those diagnosed on the Autism spectrum, with pervasive developmental disorder, intellectual disabilities, developmental language delays, language-based learning disabilities, language and/or auditory processing deficits, executive function deficits, Apraxia of speech, phonological disorders, social-emotional learning, pragmatic disorders, and other syndromes.

Individualized speech therapy services are provided in sessions of 1:1 direct therapy, with additional time for questions, homework directions, and follow up. Group classes are also provided for specific needs. Please see Group Classes for more information. During individualized 1:1 therapy sessions, the parent or caregiver is encouraged to be in the room with the therapist and your child during sessions, when possible, in order to promote carry-over into the child's environment. Julie has found that children progress faster and retention is higher when using this type of therapy model.

Therapy services available for Functional and Educational Language Development, Comprehension and Use:

  • Autism, Asperger's, Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • Social-Emotional Learning/Pragmatic Language Skills: Difficulty with using appropriate behavior and language within social situations, recognizing and following indirect requests, and reading facial expressions.
  • Executive Functioning: Difficulty with thinking skills and processing skills such as remembering homework assignments, organization, and problem solving
  • Language comprehension deficits–understanding verbal directions in the home, community and classroom
  • Language expression deficits–production of syntactically and semantically appropriate verbal communication in the home, community and classroom
  • Written Language: comprehension of written materials and development of written expression
  • Memory Deficits: Word finding difficulties, sequencing issues
  • Down Syndrome and other syndromes
  • Language based Intellectual Disabilities
  • Difficulty with pre-language skills, including making eye contact or facial expressions, gesturing, babbling, or imitating sounds in back and forth interactions.
  • Global and functional use of Language–semantic, syntactical and pragmatic

Therapy services for Articulation and/or Phonological Disorders:

Many typically developing young children sound like they are making a "w" sound for an "r" sound (e.g., "wabbit" for "rabbit") or may leave sounds out of words, such as "nana" for "banana." This type of speech production is normal in typically developing children. However, the child may have an articulation disorder if these errors continue past the expected age for correct production.

Articulation Milestones

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Executive Function Assessments and Therapy

A speech-language pathologist plays a meaningful role in the identification, assessment and treatment of executive functioning delays, secondary to the higher-level metacognition and language based needs of the child or adolescent. While executive functioning skills impact every aspect of child or adolescent's life, a strong intervention plan can immediately begin improving the quality of life for students who are struggling with successful executive functioning. We want to help your child reach their maximum potential.

When a child or adolescent struggles with executive function, they may have difficulty with:

  • Keeping track of time during school work and projects
  • Making plans and following through
  • Completing tasks, school work, homework and projects on time
  • Multitasking
  • Applying previously learned information to solve problems
  • Analyzing ideas
  • Knowing when and how to seek help, or more information when they are stuck

Bayou City Speech & Language offers

  • Executive Function evaluations for children and adolescents ages 5-16 with ADHD, High Functioning Autism and related disorders, in conjunction with a comprehensive speech and language evaluation.
  • Executive Function speech therapy services for children and adolescents ages 5-16 with ADHD, High Functioning Autism and related disorders.

Based on individual needs, cumulative sessions will focus on refining relationships with peers, family, teachers and coaches, increasing strategic planning, improving material and project organization, time management, decision making, and amplified personal self-regulation, leading to greater academic achievement and success.

Executive Function in the News

Executive Function Disorder, Explained!

ADDitude Magazine

by Larry Silver, M.D.

A child or an adult with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might be hyperactive, inattentive, and / or impulsive. Clinicians have always understood hyperactivity and impulsivity. The understanding of inattention, though, has shifted from primarily "the inability to stay on task" to a broader concept called executive function disorder (EFD), which involves a pattern of chronic difficulties in executing daily tasks.


The Testing Ground for Executive Functions? Sixth Grade

ADDitude Magazine

by Marcia Eckerd, Stephen Rudin

Middle school is hell for many kids. Aside from social struggles, many begin to miss deadlines, lose assignments, and drop balls as executive function deficits come to light. Earty detection and intervention, though, can make a huge difference.


What's the Difference Between Executive Functioning Issues and ADHD?

by Child Mind Institute, Understood Founding Partner

If your child has an ADHD diagnosis, is being evaluated for ADHD, or even if you're just doing research on the disorder, you might also hear that she could have problems with executive functioning. This can be confusing! They seem to be two different ways of describing the difficulties your child is having.

Simply put, executive functions are self-regulating skills. We all use them every day to do things like plan ahead, stay organized, solve problems and focus on what's important. These are some of the same things kids with ADHD have trouble doing. So is there a difference between executive functioning issues and ADHD? And if so, what is it?


Help Your Child Be the CEO Of His Brain

ADDitude Magazine

by Jerome Schultz, Ph.D.

Efficient executive functioning is critical to all human behaviors. Thousands of articles and books have been written about this set of brain-based skills. Noted EF/ADHD expert Thomas Brown, Ph.D., likens executive functioning to being the conductor of an orchestra. Researchers at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University have compared EF to the air-traffic control system in a busy airport. Brain scientists agree that strong working memory, self-control, or self-regulation, and the ability to maintain and shift attention are the foundation upon which academic and social success is built. Well-developed executive functioning skills unlock human potential; deficits in EF prevent us from living up to our personal best.


7 Executive Function Deficits Tied to ADHD

ADDitude Magazine

by Jerome Schultz, Ph.D.

Dr. Russell Barkley on what parents need to know about the executive function challenges that can start as early as age 2 — and serve as early warning signs of ADHD in children.

There's a lot of confusion around "executive function" — and how it relates to ADHD. Is ADHD an executive function disorder? Is every executive function disorder also ADHD? The answers hinge on what we mean by "executive functions" — and how they relate to self-regulation.

Traditionally, the term "executive functioning" has been used extensively in neuropsychology, clinical psychology, and psychiatry. In recent years, however, it's spread into the broader field of general psychology and into education, where it's often incorporated into teaching strategies and classroom accommodations.

Broadly speaking, executive function refers to the cognitive or mental abilities that people need to actively pursue goals. In other words, it's about how we behave toward our future goals and what mental abilities we need to accomplish them.



Social Skills Groups

Social Skills and Executive Functioning Programs designed for a variety of diagnoses with the goal to develop a "roadmap" to the neurotypical world to build on strengths and develop self-advocacy skills:

Our approach to social skills focuses on a cognitive linguistic model. Rather than training skills, our goal is to have children and young adults understand how and why neurotypical people act the way they do in a variety of settings and situations. This allows them to choose how to best interact with a variety of people and to gain the most from social interactions in the most comfortable way for them.

Our groups seek to embrace the individuality of each member by building on their strengths, not their perceived deficits. We focus on finding and supporting strengths in 4 areas: Executive Functioning, Self-Advocacy, Self-Regulation, and Social Interaction. Although not all children have a formal diagnosis many will benefit from developing social skills, executive functioning, problem-solving, and receptive and expressive language development. Our aim is to encourage participants to focus on identifying and developing their talents and abilities.

Your child will gain a greater sense of self-worth by implementing learned skills, along with the opportunity to have an enjoyable, fun, and successful experience. We encourage the development of critical life skills such as organization, time management, decision-making, perspective taking, cooperative problem solving, spoken and unspoken rules of communication, self-calming, and frustration management.

The goal of our groups is to provide children and young adults on the spectrum or with brains different than neurotypical, a "road map" to the neurotypical world. A map that will help provide understanding to the situations they will be entering and strategies to help them comfortably maneuver them, as well as the strategies to advocate for themselves.

Events and Presentations

We offer classes, workshops and presentations for parents of clients, parent support groups, and interested audiences on a variety of themes centered around autism, executive function, and speech and language delays and disorders. We bring in outside expert speakers to the office, as well. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the latest research, and receive helpful resources and professional advice. I work with people who love children with communication delays, to help them move forward, armed with the latest research, resources, and evidence-based language facilitation strategies so that the child/children in their life can reach their full potential and their communication goals, and get them on the path to the future they deserve.

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Speech-language therapy is beneficial for children who exhibit:

  • Difficulty communicating wants/needs effectively
  • Vocabulary delayed as compared with peers
  • Challenges when following auditory directions
  • Difficulty producing intelligible speech
  • Difficulty asking and answering questions
  • Developmental delays that inhibit speech and language development
  • Ineffective pragmatic and social-emotional learning

Beautiful, exciting children's picture books written by an experienced, licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist, developed for parents and caregivers, to use with children who have language delays.

As their child's speech pathologist, parents and other caregivers are constantly asking me to suggest materials that they can use with their child in the home to support concepts developed in therapy sessions. Loving, concerned parents and caregivers are desperately searching for resources to supplement their child's speech-language therapy, and more importantly, be involved with helping their child become empowered through their increased functional communication abilities. In order to help meet their needs, I have written The StoryBook Changes!™ series, a powerful tool designed to do just this.

Inspired by children with language delays; created for the adults who love them.

Julie A. Roberts, M.S., CCC-SLP

I was inspired to write The StoryBook Changes!™ series after providing treatment for over 19 years to children who have language delays secondary to Autism, Down Syndrome, and other speech and language delays.

Helpful for:

  • Typically developing children in order to facilitate language development
  • Children on the Autism spectrum and with Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • Children with developmental speech and language delays
  • Children with intellectual disabilities
  • Children with pre-verbal and low-verbal communication skills
  • Children with intellectual disabilities
  • Children with Apraxia
  • Children with Down syndrome and other syndromes



For free consultation, please call (713) 628-5160, or fill out the following form.

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How is payment made for services?

Bayou City Speech & Language is an out of network provider. We accept MasterCard, Visa and HSA cards.

Will insurance reimburse me for an evaluation and therapy services?

We are considered an out-of-network provider: you pay the clinic directly and then you will submit a Superbill for paid services to your insurance company for reimbursement.

I have seen all outcomes regarding insurance reimbursement, from 80 - 90% reimbursement, to a full denial of payment. This depends on your insurance company and your specific benefits plan. My report will include any related medical information, including diagnosis and coding, to support the claim. Every insurance policy is different, so you will need to check the specific terms of yours. If you have speech-language pathology coverage, be sure you understand possible restrictions such as the number of sessions per calendar year, frequency and duration of services allowable, and coverage only for specific diagnostic codes that may be applicable under your policy. You also need to be aware of deductibles and percentage of coverage. Under some policies, a medical necessity, as evidenced by a note from your physician, is required. PPO, HMO and Point of Service plans may or may not permit you to choose your own provider.

Insurance Tools

Health Savings Accounts: Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Coverage [PDF] – Learn how you can get speech, language, and hearing services covered through a Health Savings Account

Making Sense of your Health Insurance Plan [PDF] – Use this as a quick guide to understanding your health insurance

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