Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Science in Communication Disorders from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.  She is a licensed speech-language pathologist in North Carolina and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Jennifer has been practicing in Fayetteville, North Carolina since 1993, working in a variety of clinic and contract settings.   As a speech-language pathologist working at the Fayetteville Developmental Evaluation Center, she developed extensive knowledge of evaluating children birth to 8 years with a variety of developmental disabilities.  She also gained experience with augmentative communication, serving on the Assistive Technology Evaluation Team.   As part of her role as speech-language pathologist, Jennifer has provided inservice training to parents, school providers and daycare workers on a variety of topics to include behavior intervention, preliteracy skills, developmental milestones and implementation of IDEA.

Jennifer has also worked for a private practice performing contract work for ICF/MR group homes, early childhood intervention programs and home health agencies.  She also provided outpatient evaluation and treatment within the private practice clinic.   The variety of environments she has worked in has allowed her to stay current in many areas of speech-language pathology in order to provide quality services to her patients.  Each patient is treated as an individual to ensure that the evaluation and treatment services provided are focused on their  needs.

She enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband and two young children!

Jennifer has recently attended the following CEU courses:

Nancy Kaufman Children Who Struggle To Speak: The Kaufman Speech To Language Protocol

http://www.northernspeech.com/

“This ASHA continuing education speech pathology seminar is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs. Many children are unable to speak or are unintelligible because they either lack an adequate repertoire of consonants and vowels in isolation, or because they have difficulty combining the oral motor movements necessary to form words. Quite often the above deficiencies are rooted in the neurological condition of apraxia of speech. Due to the prevalence of this condition, it is important that early intervention clinicians be comfortable diagnosing and treating this population. In fact, ASHA has issued a position stating that the individual best able to diagnose and treat children with apraxia of speech is the SLP.

This clinical seminar will focus on evaluation and treatment. Introduced will be the key concepts of phonemic simplification, successive word approximations and pivot syllables, and how treatment interventions derived from these concepts have proven highly effective in increasing speech intelligibility in children with apraxia of speech and other speech sound disorders.

Functional and focused on interventions, actual treatment session video clips appear early and often throughout the lecture. The easy-to-incorporate methods, strategies and techniques presented will provide clinicians with the necessary tools to help children with apraxia of speech begin progressing immediately from a simple core vocabulary toward phrases and eventually to sentences and even conversational speech.”

 

Tamara Kasper Children With Autism: Establishing Foundational Skills for Early Conversations

http://www.northernspeech.com/

“This speech therapy continuing education seminar is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs. Social interaction and conversational skills are critical to establishing positive peer regard and emotional and cognitive skills in children. Children with autism may possess functional language skills, but not demonstrate the ability or desire to use language to converse with others. Children with autism may lack foundational skills needed to move from using language to meet their own needs to using language to maintain interaction about shared interests and experiences.

This seminar will provide interventions to teach prerequisites to conversation. Methods to improve motivation for conversation and interaction will be detailed—including instruction in joint attention. Procedures to establish a strong expressive and receptive language repertoire—including labeling, receptive, and intraverbal skills—will be discussed and demonstrated via video clips. Strategies to teach children to request attention and information will be covered. Methods to assist children to respond to and discriminate WH questions will be explored and demonstrated via video clips. Several research-proven methods for “scripting” children to converse with others will receive emphasis.

The seminar will culminate with video demonstration of a successful social club and friendship camp. Strategies discussed will include: forming a social club which includes typical peers, training of peer models and support staff, establishing goals and curriculum, building theory of mind, and measuring improvement. The ultimate goal of this seminar is to provide participants with simple procedures to teach the skills needed to move children with autism toward more meaningful interactions. (Focus will be ages 2-8.)”

Feeding Therapy 1: It’s Not Just About Swallowing

“This interactive workshop not only addresses the foundations for eating – the core knowledge of pediatric feeding therapy – but addresses carry-over to the home and school environments as a crucial component to long term success. Learn how to create a supportive atmosphere for eating through optimal positioning, respecting the child’s sensory system and developing stable oral motor patterns during the oral phase of the swallow. Recognize and address the behaviors that children develop to protect themselves from interacting with food. Develop a plan with the family to support their child as he/she learns to love food. Most importantly, learn how to teach families simple yet successful methods for parenting in the kitchen: How to reinforce the target behavior and how to fade behaviors that hinder progress. Learn strategies for keeping mealtimes joyful for the entire family, even if a child is not yet ready to eat new foods. Feeding therapy is a daily adventure that does not need to be stressful for the child or the family. Successful therapists lay the foundation for more advanced skills while keeping it fun so everyone enjoys the journey!”

“The Leo M. Croghan Conference is a conference for parents and professionals concerned with the care and development of young children. It seeks to provide professionals and parents with opportunities to learn new techniques, theories and practices from leaders in the field of early intervention for young children at risk for or with developmental delays or disabilities and to associate with others who are committed to learning about the early intervention field. The Leo M. Croghan Memorial Foundation, which sponsors the conference, aims to present information that is evidence-based or informed and that recognizes the importance of early intervention, family-centered service delivery, and collaboration between parents and professionals.”