Pediatric Language Clinic
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The UCSF Pediatric Language Clinic specializes in the evaluation of children with language difficulties at different stages of development, including young children with speech and language delays and apraxia of speech, and older children who struggle with reading, writing, speaking and comprehension.

We provide a comprehensive evaluation of each child's cognitive strengths and weaknesses from a neuropsychological perspective. This includes screening of speech and language skills as well as memory, attention, visual and spatial cognition, and emotions.

Our team includes a child neurologist and an adult cognitive-behavioral neurologist, both with expertise in the neuropsychology of language and the assessment of language disorders in children and adults. We collaborate with pediatric and adult neuropsychologists, neurologists, psychiatrists and other providers at UCSF, as well as with schools and speech-language therapists in the community.

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At the UCSF Pediatric Language Clinic, all patients have an initial assessment consisting of a neurodevelopmental interview, physical examination and speech-language screening. This initial assessment takes about 90 minutes. With patients age 2 to 5, we provide our impressions and recommendations at the end of this assessment.

Patients older than 5 typically undergo a longer evaluation. This includes a neurologic assessment as described above, plus a screening with one of our pediatric neuropsychologists, which takes an additional 90 minutes. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the cause of the child's language difficulties and to get a better sense of his or her cognitive strengths and weaknesses. After these two sessions, the patient and family will be asked to return for a feedback session to discuss diagnosis and next steps. This can take place on the same day (after a short break) or on a different day, at your convenience.

In some cases, a diagnosis will be deferred until more information — such as blood tests, brain imaging or more comprehensive neuropsychological testing — is obtained. A written report will be sent to your child's primary care physician and/or referring physician on the day of your visit.

We are happy to provide excellent referrals for neuropsychology, speech-language therapy and psychiatric assessment and treatment as needed.

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Getting Here

Pediatric Language Clinic
Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5A
San Francisco, CA 94158
New Patient Appointments: (415) 514-5863
Nursing Assistance: (415) 514-8843
Fax: (415) 353-2400

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of prescription medications and dosages
  • List of your child's medication allergies
  • List of questions you may have

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Public Transportation

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is accessible via the following Muni bus routes:

  • 22
  • 55
  • T-Third Street line

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Shuttle hotline: (415) 476-4646 (GOGO)

Before Your Visit

Before your first visit to the clinic, please complete the following:

  • Fill out our online new patient history form (our intake coordinator will send you a link)
  • If you have any of the following reports for your child, please email them to [email protected] or fax them to (415) 353-2400:
    • MRI or EEG reports
    • Lab reports
    • Neuropsychology reports
    • Psychoeducation evaluations done through school
    • Most recent individualized education plan (IEP)
    • Neurology or genetic evaluation reports