Courtney Otwell

M.S., CF-SLP

Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist

Education:

  • Florida State University: Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Gallaudet University: Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Licenses & Certificates:

  • Clinical Fellowship License to practice in the state of South Carolina
  • Received Certificate of Clinical Competence through American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Work History:

Attending Gallaudet University, the only Deaf university in the United States, I had opportunities to learn American Sign Language and Aural Rehabilitation/ Habilitation. I am passionate about the importance of bilingualism when working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and providing equal language access to all. Throughout my graduate internship experiences, I worked in adult and pediatric outpatient settings and a school for children with learning differences. At my pediatric outpatient setting, I fell in love with feeding and, upon starting my fellowship at Young Talkers, I attended the SOS Approach to Feeding Conference. I also enjoy working with AAC, fluency, and adults with acquired disabilities including aphasia.

Specialized Training:

“Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders: The SOS Approach to Feeding”
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. 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.

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.