Meet Our Team

Speech, Language and Educational Associates was founded in 1983 by its Director, Helen Sherman-Wade.

Our belief is that understanding, speaking, reading and writing development are interrelated and hierarchical in their development.
Individuals first develop understanding and speaking abilities. Once understanding and speaking have emerged, an individual is ready to learn to read and write. Underlying the development of understanding, speaking, reading and writing is the ability of the human brain to process information both in the auditory and in the visual spheres.

Speech, Language and Educational Associates have an experienced and qualified team of Speech-Language Pathologists, Educational Therapists, Child Development Specialists, Behaviorists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Physical and Occupational Therapists who understand the skills needed in order for an individual to communicate, socialize and succeed in an academic environment.

We provide (1) Speech and Language evaluations and therapy, (2) Auditory Processing evaluations and Therapy, (3) Educational evaluations and therapy, (4) Developmental evaluations and therapy, (5) Child Development Services, (6) Occupational Therapy Services, as well as (7) Parent Training for behavior, child development, and communication skills. Please check our Services page for more detailed information on any of these fields.

Our services are provided in our offices, in homes, in Nursery Schools, Preschools and in Elementary, Middle and Highs schools.

Services are provided individually and in groups. We believe that family involvement is critical to a child's improvement. Parents are always encouraged to participate in the delivery of services. We work with families to understand and improve their child's difficulties. Our parent training programs are a critical component to the work we do.




Helen Sherman-Wade, MA, CCC-SLP has over 30 years of experience working with children and adults exhibiting speech, language, stuttering and learning problems, as well as with early infant and family intervention. She established her private practice in 1983 and Speech Associates has grown to employ over 180 therapists who are bringing the highest level of care to the diverse communities of Los Angeles.

Helen also served as an Instructor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at California State University Northridge for 30 years as well as an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Special Education at California State University Dominguez Hills for 3 years. She has served in LAUSD as an educator in an Aphasia classroom, an itinerant speech and language specialist, a bilingual diagnostic examiner, as well as the coordinator of Aphasia Program Testing.

Degrees and Credentials

Master of Arts Communicative Disorders

California License in Speech Language Pathology

California Credentials in Speech Pathology and Teaching Credential in Special Education

Public Speaking and Consulting Services

Spoken on dual language acquisition at national/international conferences

Prepared Special Education Teachers for classroom language instruction to Special Needs pupils

Developed guidelines for determination of language dominance

Consulted in Special Education to the California Department of Education

Consulted on Bilingual Issues to AHSA and CSHA

Grant Writing

Multilingual Skills

Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, German, Yiddish, as well as English


Chief Operating Officer

Shellie Bader, M.A.Shellie_Updated.jpg, CCC-SLP  

As the Chief Operating Officer and an experienced leader in the field of Speech Language Pathology, Shellie Bader oversees the day-to-day operations at SLEA and assures quality of our clinical activities.  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.

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. Shellie’s passion for collaborating and mentoring colleagues has led to the development of valuable workshops and presentations for the professional community, for school districts and at CSHA and ASHA events around the state and country. 

Degrees and Credentials

Master of Arts Communicative Disorders

Masters of Educational Administration. 

California License in Speech Language Pathology

California Credentials in Multiple Subjects, Clinical Rehabilitation and Educational Administration. 

Sample Presentations

Bilingual Assessment

Innovative Service Delivery Models

Supervision, Mentoring and Leadership

Accent Modification

Honors and Awards

2006 and 2014 CSHA Outstanding Achievement

CSHA STAR (State Advocate for Reimbursement)

CSUN Distinguished Alumni


 Clinical Director

Anthony.jpgAnthony Jenkins M.A., BCBA  

Anthony Jenkins is the Clinical Director of Behavior Services. He has studied the theoretical principles of Applied Behavior Analysis for more than 12 years. He has worked as a teacher in special education settings, served as a director for a Non-Public Agency, and worked as a Supervisor of Autism services in school settings. As a result, he has developed a unique perspective on the delivery of interventions to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Anthony has a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education from. He has also completed a post graduate certificate in Autism. He has completed his doctoral coursework in ABA and is in the process of completing his dissertation. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has received specialized training in ABA based methodologies including Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Pivotal Response Training (PRT), functional communication training (FCT), conducting functional behavioral assessments (FBA) and self-management strategies. He has worked with persons with a wide range of developmental disabilities. He is an adjunct staff member at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and National University. He enjoys teaching ABA courses and training Behavior Analyst of the future. In his free time, he enjoys reading and watching movies. He also enjoys travelling and spending time with his family and friends.