creating a world

where every child has a voice
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Because inspiring self-expression gives your child confidence to build connections and
explore their dreams.

Our Mission

Together, we raise children’s voices up in the world through inspiring self-expression.

Our Vision

Together, we connect 1 Million children to their true voice.

Why we’re called Valued Voices

Your voice is your most valuable tool in life. It allows you to connect,express, be heard, and love. We’re called Valued Voices because we know that your child’s communication isn’t limited to their words. It’s also how they connect with their eyes, their hand gestures, and their body movements. We value every child’s voice and every family’s unique situation as they look to strengthen their bonds with each other.

Meet the Team

SHOLEH SHAHINFAR

Founder, Owner, MA-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.

She learned through her studies and life experiences that you can express your “voice” through whatever modality fits your needs, whether that be speaking, gestures, a device, writing, art, or dance.

Sholeh has always prioritized family, and shortly before starting her speech and language therapy practice, she supported her cousin by attending her son’s speech therapy appointment with him. Through her participation at that one session, Sholeh realized that she longed to help children — and instantly decided to focus her expertise and ability to nurture on giving families the tools to grow together through connection.

SHOLEH SHAHINFAR

Founder, Owner, MA-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.

She learned through her studies and life experiences that you can express your “voice” through whatever modality fits your needs, whether that be speaking, gestures, a device, writing, art, or dance.

Sholeh has always prioritized family, and shortly before starting her speech and language therapy practice, she supported her cousin by attending her son’s speech therapy appointment with him. Through her participation at that one session, Sholeh realized that she longed to help children — and instantly decided to focus her expertise and ability to nurture on giving families the tools to grow together through connection.

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.

“Helping children connect to their true voice brings a level
of joy that can’t be expressed with words; it’s so grand.”

KELLIE LA ZARR

M.S. CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist
Child Communication Specialist
Oral Motor Trained

As a speech language pathologist, Kellie brings families joy and harmony by helping children voice their most meaningful thoughts and opinions through holistic communication development. With a Master’s Degree in Science from Chapman University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, Kellie specializes in pediatric feeding and dysphagia, along with early intervention speech and language therapy. Her clinical experience includes working with children and families in the NICU, PICU, and outpatient rehabilitation units. Before finding her calling as a Child Communication Specialist, Kellie was an elementary teacher, preschool teacher, and preschool director. A wife, mom to twin boys, and passionate cook, Kellie enjoys practicing yoga and walking in the Back Bay Nature reserve.

KATIE BILLINGS

B.A., SLPA

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
Child Communication & Speech Sound Specialist

Katie knows that empowering children to find their unique voice gives them the ability to thrive and succeed in every aspect of life. With a degree in Communicative Disorders at Cal State Fullerton, Katie also holds a Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant License from Cal State Northridge. When she’s not working with her beloved clients, you’ll find her kayaking in Newport’s Bay or working up a sweat playing tennis, cycling, and exercising.

KATIE BILLINGS

B.A., SLPA

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
Child Communication & Speech Sound Specialist

Katie knows that empowering children to find their unique voice gives them the ability to thrive and succeed in every aspect of life. With a degree in Communicative Disorders at Cal State Fullerton, Katie also holds a Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant License from Cal State Northridge. When she’s not working with her beloved clients, you’ll find her kayaking in Newport’s Bay or working up a sweat playing tennis, cycling, and exercising.

JANAY JACOBS 

B.A., SLPA 

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
Child Communication Specialist
AAC Trained

Janay’s greatest passion in life is helping other people. As a board certified Speech Language Pathologist Assistant she helps give children a voice and means to express themselves that they might not otherwise ever have. Janay has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Kansas, completed her clinical practicum in the Schiefelbusch speech-language-hearing clinic, and is trained in Alternative Augmentative Communication, specifically Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) Words for Life. As a former college basketball player she still loves to get out on the court and enjoys practicing yoga and weight training.

GENNA HENDERSON

Executive Assistant
Client Services Coordinator

Genna’s studies in Sociology and Communication Sciences and Disorders led her to Valued Voices because she believes all children have a joyous light inside them that they need to show to the world. She knows that giving kids the chance to express themselves allows them to reach new heights internally and in their communities. A former collegiate volleyball player, Genna stays active with regular exercise, and she loves to cook at home. Ask her for a jar of her homemade pickles.

GENNA HENDERSON

Executive Assistant

Genna’s studies in Sociology and Communication Sciences and Disorders led her to Valued Voices because she believes all children have a joyous light inside them that they need to show to the world. She knows that giving kids the chance to express themselves allows them to reach new heights internally and in their communities. A former collegiate volleyball player, Genna stays active with regular exercise, and she loves to cook at home. Ask her for a jar of her homemade pickles.

At Valued Voices, we work with conscious parents to empower self-expression in their late talkers through holistic therapies.

We work with your whole family to help your late-talker reach their communication 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.

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