Jennifer Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP is a native of Southern California who received her B.A. and M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, Fresno. After working as a Speech Language Pathologist in a central California public school system for 2 years, she moved to Nashville for post-graduate education/research at Vanderbilt University. (Her major area of focus was childhood language disorders, and her minor area of focus was special education.)
Upon completion of her coursework at Vanderbilt, Jennifer returned to her first love—doing therapy with children. She worked as an independent contractor for 2 different agencies over a period of 5 years, assessing and providing therapy to children (ages 1 to 16 years) with a variety of communication impairments—including articulation/phonological, fluency, language, and motor speech delays/disorders. She worked with children with a variety of diagnoses/needs–including developmental delays, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, specific learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral issues, and sensory processing disorders.
In 2007, Jennifer took a leave of absence from the profession to spend more time with her young son, and, in 2008, she gave birth to her daughter. While she enjoyed being at home with her children, she knew that, when the time was right, she would return to her career. Jennifer continued taking continuing education courses during her time away from speech-language pathology, and, at the beginning of 2017, she chose to return to work.
Upon Jennifer’s return to speech-language pathology, she began treating children with executive function disorders (i.e., children who exhibit difficulties with higher-level cognitive skills). While she enjoys working with children of all ages and with all types of speech-language difficulties, she especially likes treating children with executive function and/or language disorders.
Jennifer has been married to her Nashville-native husband, Jeff Smith, for over 17 years and together they have a 14-year old son, 9-year old daughter, and a 7-year old rescue “fur son”/dog named Tucker. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys exercising, following current events, listening to New Wave 80s music, attending concerts, conducting genealogy research, and watching SpongeBob Square Pants with her children.