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, she moved to Nashville for post-graduate education/research at Vanderbilt University.
Upon completion of her coursework at Vanderbilt, Jennifer returned to her first love—conducting therapy with children. She worked as an independent contractor, assessing and providing therapy to children 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 speech-language pathology to spend more time with her children, all the while knowing she would eventually return to her career. Jennifer continued taking continuing education courses during her time away from speech-language pathology, and, at the beginning of 2017, reentered her profession. In September, 2017, Jennifer proudly joined the Nashville Child and Family Wellness Center team.
Upon Jennifer’s return to speech-language pathology, she began providing treatment to children with reading/writing and executive function/cognitive needs. (Executive function skills are higher-level cognitive skills such as working memory, planning, and organizing.) She also continues to provide therapy to children with articulation/speech sound, language (e.g., vocabulary, grammar, social skills), fluency/stuttering, and motor-speech disorders. Regardless of a client’s needs, Jennifer’s overarching goal is to help each child with whom she works become an effective, empowered communicator and advocate for her/himself.