Unlock Your Child’s Potential with Valued Voices Speech Therapy | Laguna Beach Speech Therapy
Early Intervention Speech, Language, & Occupational Therapy in Laguna Beach, CA
Join the 500+ kiddo’s who’ve experienced 78% improvement in verbal requesting
Holistic Therapies for Every Child
At Valued Voices, we specialize in early intervention speech, language, and occupational therapy. We work with your family to help your child reach their communication and motor milestones. Our holistic therapies are tailored to meet the needs of each child, whether that be speaking, gestures, writing, art, dance, or a device. Our approach helps empower children to find their voice and express themselves in whatever way fits them best.
Why Valued Voices?
In a world filled with countless distractions and the desire for quick fixes, we believe the path to positive change is through genuine connectedness and the power to share our true voices.
We work with your whole family to help your kiddo reach their communication and motor milestones. Our holistic therapies empower children to find their voice through whatever modality suits their needs, whether that be speaking, gestures, writing, art, dance, or a device.
Early Intervention is Key
Our experienced team of clinicians specialize in early intervention speech therapy and occupational therapy. Early intervention can be key in helping a child reach their communication and motor goals quickly and efficiently. We understand that every child and family is unique, and so our treatment plans are tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual. We will work with you to ensure that your kiddo has the tools and resources needed to develop the confidence and skills to communicate effectively.
Valued Voices Services in Laguna Beach, CA
At Valued Voices, we understand that every child has unique needs, which is why our team of dedicated therapists provides individualized speech therapy & occupational therapy plans tailored to meet the unique needs of each child we serve.
We provide therapy sessions in our center located in Irvine, CA. We’re proud to support our Orange County community, with families from Newport Beach, Tustin, Costa Mesa, Mission Viejo and other neighboring areas.
Not located near Irvine? We offer virtual services for clients that aren’t able to visit us easily in person. Contact us to book a complimentary consult to get started.
Speech & Language Therapy
Our speech therapy services are designed to support children with their speech and language skills. We use evidence-based practices, such as play-based therapy, to make therapy fun and engaging for children of all ages.
Speech and language therapy can play a crucial role in helping your child develop and increase their understanding and use of nonverbal and verbal communication skills. Through specialized techniques and exercises, speech therapy can also improve how your child is using words to communicate their thoughts, needs, wants, feelings, and ideas. Our speech therapists and child communication specialists provide multiple modalities for communication and expression, allowing your child to feel heard and understood in their world. Beyond communication skills, speech therapy can also help increase focus and attention to tasks and develop play skills. With opportunities for generalization of skills with peers and in a variety of settings, speech therapy is a valuable tool in enhancing your child’s overall development and success.
Occupational therapy is a valuable tool for helping children gain independence and strengthen their skills. With a focus on fine motor, gross motor, sensory, and visual motor skills, children are able to engage in play, socialize with their peers, complete daily self-care tasks, and participate in classroom activities. As our occupational therapists work with your child, they are not only interested in seeing how they improve in these skills, but also in building relationships with both the children and their families. By creating a supportive and caring environment, children can achieve their goals while feeling safe, loved, and empowered.
Speech and Language Therapy for Autism
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder. Children with ASD can present with differences in communication, socialization, interests, routines, and sensory needs. Some common characteristics of autism are inconsistent use of eye contact and difficulty initiating interactions with others, delay in speaking or use of gestures, and preference for familiar routines with difficulty when the routine changes. Another characteristic of autism is sensory differences, this may look like hand flapping, sensitivity to sounds, selective eating, looking closely at objects in the corner of their eye, or struggling with tooth brushing, hair brushing, or haircuts. Speech therapy and Occupational therapy can be helpful for autistic people, as it can help improve spoken, gestural, social communication, and sensory and emotional regulation. Augmentative and Alternative Communication “AAC” devices are also a way to support children with their language and communication skills. With the help of caring and neurodiversity affirming therapists, autistic people can learn to navigate autism and thrive in their daily lives.
Does your child struggle with certain speech sounds? Our Articulation Services may be just what you need! Our certified speech therapists take a compassionate, play-based approach to help children overcome speech errors and increase their overall ability to be understood by others in their daily lives. We understand that every child is unique, and that some sounds may come more easily than others. That’s why we use cutting-edge techniques and technologies to create a personalized plan to support your child’s speech development. Let us help your child build confidence and express themselves in a way where they feel hear, understood and acknowledged.
A conscious approach to child development
Our proven success is a result of creating customized experiences based on working with the whole-child.
We adapt to meet your child at their level, embracing their unique abilities and interests to create extraordinary growth.
We rise by lifting each other up. With compassion, trust, and dedication, our team helps your child grow to their highest potential.
We embrace every child and family with love and compassion creating the optimal environment for positive change, connection and empowerment.
To reach our goals we stay fully centered in what’s happening ‘right now’ – never missing a moment of your child’s expression.
Empowering the whole family to be part of your child’s development is key to success. You get guidance on how to set up your home to create the greatest opportunities for language and motor development.
Together, we raise children’s voices up in the world through inspiring self-expression.
Together, we connect 1 Million children to their true voice.
Meet our Founder and the Team
Founder, Owner, M.A. CCC-SLP, RYT
Speech Language Pathologist
Child Communication Specialist
Certified Oral Motor Therapist
A speech-language pathologist and certified oral motor therapist, Sholeh founded Valued Voices in 2014, shortly after a leap of faith landed her in a sought-after post- secondary teaching position in California. Within months she knew her highest calling was actually to make a significant positive impact on children’s lives.
As Founder and CEO of Valued Voices, Sholeh uses her gift in holistic Child Communication Development to empower children to connect to their authentic voice – helping them grow mentally and physically and form stronger relationships through self-expression. She works closely with entire families to ease the stress of the unknown and find and implement solutions to any communication challenges a child is experiencing.
Her desire to give children the tools to express their most authentic self was born out of her own childhood experiences with self-expression. While part of a close- knit, loving family, Sholeh still had difficulty speaking up and sharing her thoughts and feelings.
A registered yoga teacher who’s also fluent in Farsi, Sholeh has an innate ability to create calm and promote mindfulness. When she’s not furthering her education outside of office hours, you can find her out in nature or at the beach with her pup Kobe.
Sholeh holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) and is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist.
Her practice is deeply rooted in the belief that we’re all connected. And that only through our connectedness can we reach and impact children to uplift their voices in the world.