Valeria Tovar , M.S., CF-SLP
Valeria Tovar is a bilingual speech-language pathologist – a clinical fellow who is excited to be joining the OTG team! She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health Policy from the University of California: Irvine (2016), a Post-Baccalaureate degree and SLPA certification in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Chapman University (2017), and eventually a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Chapman University (2020). She has completed various courses involving pediatric feeding and swallowing as well as breastfeeding education. She also recently completed a highly competitive clinical acute care externship in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at CHOC Children’s Hospital. Valeria is currently completing the coursework required to be a FeedthePeds certified feeding therapist and is looking forward to becoming SOS, Beckman, and TalkTools trained, as well as beginning courses to become a certified lactation counselor in the near future.
Valeria has experience providing treatment in both English and Spanish in a variety of other settings including private practices, non-profit organizations, and medical settings. Her professional and graduate clinical experience includes the assessment and treatment of children through adults with a variety of disorders and diagnoses; including receptive and expressive language disorders, prematurity, articulation/phonological disorders, apraxia, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), dysphagia (feeding) disorders, craniofacial anomalies, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disorders.
Valeria believes that continued education and training is key to providing effective evidence-based treatment and assessment. Valeria also values a family-centered approach and loves to collaborate with families in order to create an individualized plan to help their children reach their goals. She believes that treatment should also be enjoyable and loves to incorporate a play-based naturalistic approach as much as possible.
In her free time, Valeria loves to spend time with her family, friends, and boyfriend. She also coordinates an outreach program that provides faith-based mentorship, counseling, and support to incarcerated youth in Orange County.