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Ontario clinic uses play to help kids speak

Shari Morrison-Doke, a speech-language pathologist and the owner of Speech Tree, a speech therapy center, is surrounded by her employees as she cuts the ribbon at her new location in Ontario. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

When Shari Morrison-Doke’s oldest son, Cooper, was 9 months old, he could use sign language to ask for more juice and crackers.

Although using sign language is not expected from infants, Cooper’s circumstances were unusual in that his mom has expertise in that area.

A trained speech-language pathologist, Morrison-Doke works with children at her speech therapy center, Speech Tree, in Ontario.

Speech Tree has operated in Ontario for four years now, but outgrew its old office at 964 W. Idaho Ave. The center recently moved to 1106 S.W. 4th Ave., the former . . .