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About Speech SF

We believe play is the basis of learning. Our mission is to help children reach their communication potential while making speech therapy as stress free as possible for our children and families. 

Our History

Founded in 2016, Speech SF is a woman owned and family run business that strives to positively impact families, communities, and speech therapists in San Francisco. We were founded because Katie Laher believed that pairing in-home, play-based therapy with an exceptional parent experience and straightforward policies would help remove stress from the therapy process for the entire family. 

Our Core Pillars


Families First

Support not only the children but the families too


Purposeful Play

Play is not a break from learning- it’s the basis of learning


Impact Focused

Set your sights on change not tasks


Growth Mindset

Life is too short to think small


Keep it Simple

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

Partnering with the Community

We partner with schools, therapists, and children learning centers across San Francisco to provide holistic speech and language support. Here's a short list of folks we already have relationships with:

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Speech SF Gives Back


At Speech SF we try to find every opportunity we can to give back to the community. We are currently helping the community by:

  1. Giving every one of our therapists 5 hours of paid volunteer time a year.

  2. Donating free evaluations for school auctions. Please reach out if you are interested.

  3. Building Suite Speech to provide an online community with free resources for parents.

Meet the team

Our Team

Kaleigh Matthews

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Owner, Speech-Language Pathologist, M.S. CCC-SLP

Originally from upstate NY, Kaleigh decided to move to San Francisco in pursuit of more sunshine. She received her undergraduate and graduate training in Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Spanish from Ithaca College. Kaleigh's areas of clinical experience include autism, articulation, language delays, fluency (i.e. stuttering), voice disorders. Kaleigh has worked in preschools, elementary and middle schools, rehabilitation centers, private university clinics and in homes around the Bay. She is a certified trainer in Hanen's "More than Words". In her free time, Kaleigh enjoys hiking and traveling with her pup, Tucker. 

Catherine Venitz

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Speech-Language Pathologist, M.S. CCC-SLP

Catherine is originally from Michigan. After spending several years in the midwest pursuing her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she moved to San Francisco in 2017 to begin her career as a speech-language pathologist. She received her undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University, and her M.S. from Purdue University, a top program for speech, language, and hearing sciences. Catherine has experience in a variety of settings, including schools, rehabilitation centers, and clinics. Catherine’s areas of clinical experience include articulation and phonological disorders, language delays/disorders, autism, and early intervention. Catherine is certified in the Hanen Program “It Takes Two to Talk” and has completed training in the Kaufman Apraxia approach. In her free time, Catherine enjoys reading, traveling, and hanging out with her dog, Sammy.



Chief Cuddle Pup

Tucker has been a professional cuddler for over 2.5 years. He has a PhD in snuggles with a speciality in face licking. When times get tough he always knows how to help. 

Contact us!

Feel free to send us a note. We love working with families, schools, and other local businesses. We look forward to connecting with you!



2443 Fillmore Street, #153

San Francisco, CA, 94115

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