It’s A Girl!


Welcome to Ellie Yael Skowronski-Wade, the very first grandchild for Helen and Al Wade.  Erin Wade, their oldest daughter, and Uri Skowronski are the proud parents.  Born on January 19th and weighing in at 7 pounds and 13 ounces, Ellie has already been on an outing with her parents, grandparents, and aunt Alexis.

Stay tuned for more pictures and updates.



Helen Sherman-Wade, Executive Director and Shellie Bader, Chief Operating Officer will be presenting at the CSHA Convention (March 7-10, 2013 at the Long Beach Hyatt Regency). For more information on the convention and registration please refer to the CSHA site.

Helen Sherman-Wade, MA will be presenting MS6 on March 7, Thu 8:30-9:30.

Speech and Language Assessment of the Infant/Toddler/Preschooler: Linking Developmental, cognitive and Behavioral

Speech and language assessment of an infant/ toddler/preschooler requires the speech-language pathologist to have a good understanding of child development, early cognitive development and the role functional behavior in the development of speech and language skills. Speech, Language and Educational Associates has been in practice since 1983. Its staff is multi-disciplinary and its speech and language assessments focus on integration/observation of communication skills within other developing skills. Speech and language reports include developmental, cognitive and behavioral information which highlight some of the underlying causes of the communication delays. This mini-seminar will focus on (1) review of basic tenets of child development milestones and their relationship to speech and language development (2) review of basic tenets of early cognitive development and their relationship to speech and language developments (3) the role of functional behavior development in the acquisition of communication skills (4) integration of these skills into a speech and language evaluation. Attendees will learn to observe and document videos of assessments. Observation checklists based on the videos will be reviewed with the attendees. Report writing format, which include goal writing based on testing observation will be reviewed with the attendees.

Shellie Bader, MA will be presenting SC27 on March 9, Sat 8:30-11:30.

No Bilingual SLP? How Can I Complete A Child Assessment?

This presentation will prepare monolingual SLPs to develop and implement a valid comprehensive assessment for bilingual children, effectively using an interpreter when a bilingual assessor is not available. Following a discussion of IDEA requirements, how the characteristics of Second Language Acquisition may impact the testing sessions and results as well as a child’s ability to participate in the classroom, we will review components of the bilingual assessment process and the utilization of the BID Process (Briefing Interaction, and Debriefing when using an interpreter. Case studies will be examined to give participants an opportunity to discuss with their peers which formal and informal assessment measures shall be selected to use when assessing a student and using an interpreter.


New Year’s Greetings

Dear Staff,

In the hectic pace of the New Year, I did not get around to wishing each and every one of you a very healthy, and happy New Year!  I want to thank the many of you who graced me with your lovely notes, fattening gifts, and lovely objects.  I feel very lucky to have such nice people working with our company.  Thank you!

2013 is here and we are all here at the office trying to maintain all the wonderful programs we currently have in place, and always on the lookout for new programs and opportunities for all of you.  We are currently busy with office clients, who appear to be coming from many different sources and I am so very proud of all the fine therapy going on in the office.  We are providing Child Development, Speech and Language, Educational and Behavioral therapies of all different approaches, truly integrating different research approaches.  Anthony Jenkins has been busy visiting some of our SLPs and Child Development Specialists who are having difficulties managing client behavior.  He and I are presenting at CalABA at the end of February.  I am presenting at CSHA in March.  My presentation focuses on integration of all developmental areas into a speech and language report.

Our Continuing Education lecture series is in full swing and I hope you come to at least one of our trainings.  Please remember that as a Continuing Education facility, we are able to formulate an Independent Study CEU, suited to an area of interest of yours.  An independent study is an excellent way for you to obtain CEUs while researching an area which you want to know more about.

Our Head Start program is in full swing, as well as our work in various schools, private and public.  This year we have added an adult facility to our services.  We have made a very serious effort to join insurance panels and are increasing our ability to bill and be reimbursed through insurance companies.

I am very proud of what we are able to offer our staff in terms of medical insurance, 401K, vacation and holiday pay.  As a company owner, my staff and I have worked hard to make sure your salaries are commensurate and competitive and that you have the option of not working full-time at a school, and yet receiving vacation, and insurance reimbursement and recognition for what you do.

Finally, I hope to become a grandmother at the end of January and plan to spend more time in Oakland, California, where my daughter Erin and son-in-law Uri live.  I am not leaving SLEA, but do plan to be away more often.  I feel that an Operating Officer needs to be part of the practice to maintain a smooth flow of the practice.  In that spirit, I have hired Shellie Bader who comes to us with a wealth of administrative experience.  She will be in our Encino and Culver City offices on a full-time basis and is presently learning the complicated web we call Speech, Language and Educational Associates.  I want to welcome her and hope that you stop by the office and introduce yourself to her.

I want to thank all of you, the administrative, clinical and technical staff for making SLEA a success story.  Thank you for our association and wishing you the very best in this coming year.


Early Start Online Courses Presented by California Early Start

Register Now for Early Start Personnel Development Online Winter Session!

The California Department of Developmental Services, California Department of Education, and WestEd Center for Prevention and Early Intervention offer expanded, accessible and convenient online and in-person training. Information about the entire series of activities offered under the Early Start Personnel Development System may be found in the ESPDflyer2012.

This winter, the Early Start Online courses are offered once again in a ten-week session. A new lesson will open every two weeks. Winter Session courses open on January 14 and close on March 22. The Foundations may be taken in any order or concurrently; there are no prerequisites for registration.

Early Start Online Winter Session courses include:

•Foundations I: Understanding Systems, Processes and Practices
◦Family Systems
◦Early Start System
◦Making Decisions Using Evidence-Based Practice
◦The Individualized Family Service Plan Process
◦Supporting Families Using Coaching and Other Help-Giving Practices
•Foundations II: Working through the IFSP Process
◦ Child Development
◦Screening, Evaluation, and Assessment
◦Creating Functional Outcomes
◦Natural Environments for Families
◦Selecting and Developing Interventions
•Foundations III: Partnering for Effective Service Delivery
◦Working with Diverse Families
◦Relationship-Based Early Intervention
◦Quality Assurance in Early Intervention
◦Transition Planning
◦Collaboration Within the Early Start Team and Community Resources

And Coming Soon to Early Start Personnel Development…
Already completed the Foundations series? The Foundations Institute will be open to personnel who have completed all three Foundations Online courses. Only personnel who complete all three Foundations courses will be eligible to register to attend the Foundations Institute which will be offered for the first time in Sacramento in June 2013.The Institute builds on the learning attained in the Early Start Online Foundations Series through live, collaborative practice and problem-solving.

Spring Session (April 2013) will mark the debut of the Skill Base Online Series. Skill Base courses provide content on supporting development within specific developmental domains for children with specific disability conditions. The first Skill Base course focuses on social and emotional development. Watch for Spring Session registration March 4, 2013.

The ESPDflyer2012 offers details about content and implementation schedules and a list of frequently asked questions.

Click here to go directly to the Early Start Online Winter Session registration page. It will be open in February 2013.

We look forward to seeing you all Online and at the Early Start Institutes!

Browse the DDS and WestEd CPEI websites for additional information.

California Early Start is an interagency system of coordinated early intervention  services administered by the Department of Developmental Services in collaboration with the California Department of Education and coordinated by WestEd Center for Prevention and Early Intervention.

National University and SLEA

SLEA/National University Cohort

To meet the growing demand of services for persons with developmental disabilities, SLEA will be collaborating with National University to create a cohort to meet the requirements of a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis as well as a Master’s of Arts in Teaching with a Specialization in ABA.

Master of Arts in Teaching

For participants who currently hold a Bachelor’s degree and want to earn a Master’s to meet the requirements to sit for the BCBA exam, these staff can enroll in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Students who participate in the cohort will receive a 25% discount on their tuition fees.

Classes will be held at our Encino office:

16500 Ventura Blvd., Suite 414
Encino, CA  91436

Contact : Sharon Simeon

Contact : Anthony Jenkins

Welcome To Our Chief Operating Officer!

Shellie Smaller

Shellie Bader, M.A., CCC-SLP

Chief Operating Officer


Helen Sherman-Wade is pleased to announce the addition of Shellie Bader to the staff of SLEA as the Chief Operating Officer (COO). With Helen’s first grandchild on the way and the growth of SLEA, the time has come to create a position to oversee daily administrative and clinical activities. Shellie has worked in the public sector as head of the Speech and Language Program at LAUSD.

In the private sector, she oversaw the implementation of related services treatment and programs for early intervention and school-aged children across the country. Her leadership ability, dedication to team building, and communication skills make her the ideal choice to work closely with Helen and to help steer SLEA into the future.

Ms. Bader holds two Master’s degrees, one in Communicative Disorders and the second in Educational Administration.  She earned California credentials in Multiple Subjects, Clinical Rehabilitation and Educational Administration.  She received the award for Outstanding Achievement in 2006 from CSHA (California Speech Language and Hearing Association.)

Her past experience includes joining the Progressus executive team in January 2011.  Overseeing the implementation of Progressus Strategic Partnership programs in school districts across the country, students and schools have achieved academically and functionally with integrated services, successful collaboration with parents and teachers as well as the appropriate identification and completion of service.

Ms. Bader came to Progressus following a successful term as the Coordinator of the Speech and Language Program for Los Angeles Unified School District.  As the Coordinator, Shellie overhauled the program by improving morale, recruitment and retention, compliance and quality of therapy for over 24,000 students eligible for speech and language services.  She managed a department that was initially severely understaffed, eventually increasing the number of SLP providers from 256 to over 400.  She was responsible for the professional development, training, recruitment and supervision of Speech Language Pathologists in the 2nd largest school district in the United States.

Shellie developed improved policies and practices for eligibility, service completion and bilingual assessment and created the necessary training for her team of SLPs and with the Division of Special Education Leadership Team.  She was instrumental in the implementation of Response to Intervention support and innovative service delivery models at over 800 school sites focusing on the unique communication needs of special education students.