Chelsea Copley


Board Certified & Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist


  • College of Wooster Bachelor degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • College of Wooster-Early Childhood Teaching License
  • Saint Mary’s College-Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology

Licenses & Certificates:

  • Licensed to practice in the state of South Carolina
  • Received Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) through the American Speech Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist (ASDCS)
  • Certificate of Achievement: SOFFI Professional (Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants)

Work History:

During my graduate studies, I was able to complete externships in inpatient and outpatient settings within a hospital, general clinics, and schools. I moved to Myrtle Beach in 2021 and completed my clinical fellowship at Young Talkers where I have remained to provide services to families in Horry County and beyond. Throughout my career I have had the privilege to work with individuals across the lifespan, such as fragile infants, early intervention, school-age children, and adults. Populations that I have served include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Apraxia, AAC, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment, Feeding/Swallowing, Stroke, and Speech / Language Delay. Functional communication is so important, and I feel extremely blessed to do what I love every day while building relationships with my patients and their families.

Specialized Training:

“When Children Won’t Eat: Picky Eaters vs Problem Feeders (Assessment and Treatment Using the SOS Approach)”.
This was a 3-day training conference on the SOS Approach to Feeding. This is a feeding program that is a non-invasive developmental approach to feeding. It is designed to assess and address all the factors involved in feeding difficulties. This approach allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way. It focuses on increasing a child’s comfort level through exploring and learning about the different properties of foods, including texture, smell, taste, and consistency. The SOS approach follows a hierarchy to feeding from tolerating foods in the room, interacting with the food, smelling, touching, tasting, and eventually, eating the food.

SOFFI: Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants
This course was 15 hours in length with 12 different modules teaching the SOFFI method. SOFFI is described as “an integrated approach to supporting oral feeding in preterm and in medically complex infants, both in the NICU and in the Early Intervention setting”. Information provided in this course was evidence-based, that covered feeding development in children in addition to assessment and intervention approaches with this population. The SOFFI method highly involves the family and focuses on maintaining homeostasis for the baby and caregiver. There is a large emphasis on family and them being treated as a member of the treatment team in a collaborative approach.

Orton Gillingham Basic Language Course
This course includes the overview of dyslexia and the Orton Gillingham Approach, all components of success OG lessons including the scope and sequence, and requires professionals to complete benchmarks and example lessons using OG. Examples of areas addressed throughout this course include an overview of the Orton Gillingham Approach, lesson plans, visual, auditory, and blending drills, spelling patterns and rules that govern the English language, the alphabetic principle, OG reading, non-phonetic sight words, and syllabication. As described by OGOA, “The Orton Gillingham Approach is the seminal approach that is evidence-based to unlock the door to language acquisition for the population with dyslexia”.

Dyslexia and Co-Existing Conditions Webinar (Orton Gillingham)
This webinar’s purpose is to provide an understanding of Specific Learning Disabilities and criteria for diagnosis, in relation to the diagnoses and presentation of dyslexia. The co-existing conditions and characteristics that could coincide with dyslexia were also discussed, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Language Disorder, ADHD/ADD, Depression, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia, Dysorthograpy, Auditory Processing Disorder, Anxiety, Executive Functioning, and Visual Processing Disorder. Further, this webinar provides information on steps to take if an overlapping condition is expected in the treatment of dyslexia.

7 Engaging, Research-Based Phonics Routines for K-2
This webinar provided scope and sequence activities for grades K-2, specifically geared toward phonics instruction using the From Sounds to Spelling Program. Important areas that were addressed included phonological awareness practice, blending drills, and multi-sensory writing based on grade level and units of teaching by lesson.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist Course / Certification (ASDCS)
This course focused on strengths-based intervention and child-centered approaches when working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Examples of areas that were discussed include the Polyvagal Theory, Motivational Interviewing, DIR model, sensorimotor interventions, Theory of Mind (ToM), and Autobiographical Memory (AM). There were 13 different topics covered by various speakers including those with diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, medical doctors, behavior analysts, and social workers.

The Center for AAC and Autism Webinars

  • LAMP: Motor Plans and Language
  • Shedding Some Light on AAC and the Classroom
  • Engaging Language Learners
  • Beyond Words: A Roadmap to Increased AAC & Instructional Success In the Classroom
  • Beyond Words: The Magic of Connection

Introduction to Childhood Apraxia of Speech
“This course provides an introduction to childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) and describes how it differs from other speech sound disorders, such as a phonological disorder. The course reviews evidence-based assessment and treatment methods including videos that demonstrate different aspects of treatment supported by research.” -The Once Upon a Time Foundation – Child Apraxia Treatment

Diagnosis and Treatment of CAS Using Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing
“The online video course covers the fundamentals of assessment and treatment of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), including Principles of Motor Learning (PML). The course provides foundational knowledge related to CAS, including how CAS differs from other motor speech disorders and more common developmental phonological disorders. Effective methods to differentially diagnose CAS and develop a plan of treatment that follows principles of motor learning is also covered. The course includes video examples of treatment using the Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) method developed by Dr. Strand. The presentation includes research to guide evidence-based practice. Treatment for different age groups and different levels of severity of CAS is discussed”. -The Once Upon a Time Foundation – Child Apraxia Treatment

“Autism and Self-Awareness: Promoting Emotional Intelligence with Autistic Youngsters”
This webinar hosted by The PLAY Project provided insight into various strategies that can be used in increasing emotional awareness in children. These included tips for transitions, sharing, and daily interactions.

Foundations of Clinical Education
Module 1 of this course titled “The Importance of Clinical Education” discussed the importance of education through high-quality and dynamic readings, multimedia offerings, and reflective activities.

Welcome to Young Talkers!

Our mission is to provide quality speech-language and feeding therapy services to the pediatric and adult population in order to enhance their verbal/non-verbal communication and feeding skills. We accomplish this by identifying concerns through specialized evaluations and the development of goals to meet the needs of the patient and the family.