Lara earned her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1993. She has more than 17 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist working in early intervention, and with school-aged children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings. Before starting her private practice, Lara worked as a speech-language pathologist and lead therapist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and as a school-based speech-language pathologist and therapy supervisor at the HELP Group, providing assessment and therapy to children with learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and developmental delays. In addition, Lara has worked with the K.I.D.S. program providing comprehensive speech and language assessment and intervention services. Lara has a passion for helping unintelligible and non-verbal children become verbally competent. She utilizes her talents and research-based best practices to provide the highest level of care possible to all her patients while working collaboratively with other professionals and families. Lara has experience working with a wide range of clients including, but not limited to, children with: articulation delays, phonological disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, expressive and receptive language delays, and pragmatic/social skill delays. Lara is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice speech and language therapy with the State of California. She performs speech and language screenings in private schools and provides home based evaluations and therapy to children of all ages. Please contact Lara at (310)977-0208 or email to lara.tochner@gmail.com for more information.