Jennifer Schmidt


Board Certified & Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist


  • University of South Carolina- Bachelor of Arts in Public Health and a Minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • University of South Carolina-Masters of Science in Speech Pathology

Licenses & Certificates:

  • Licensed to practice in South Carolina as a Speech Language Pathologist
  • Received Certificate of Clinical Competence through American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Work History:

Before coming to Young Talkers, I was a Speech Language Pathologist in an elementary school for three years and worked part time in a pediatric private practice. During this time, I treated children ages 1-16, and worked to improve their articulation, language, fluency, and Augmentative communication skills. I also worked with children with varying disabilities including but not limited to moderate intellectual disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy.

Specialized Training:

“When Children Won’t Eat: Assessment & Treatment Using the SOS Approach”
Participants learned to integrate posture, sensory, motor, behavioral/learning, medical and nutritional factors to evaluate/manage children with feeding/growth problems using the transdisciplinary Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to feeding. Understanding the multi-factor complexity of feeding problems, how to identify areas needing intervention and how to treat the whole child were covered.

“Maximizing Intelligibility in Children and Adolescents With Down Syndrome”
The course explored the anatomical, physiological, neurological, and cognitive factors that affect the speech intelligibility of children and adolescents with Down syndrome. The speaker discussed evaluation and treatment planning, including forms that clinicians can use right away in their own practice.

“Building and Expanding Your CAS Toolkit”
The webinar focused on accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). It explored how to efficiently and effectively assemble and grow a CAS “toolkit”, and discussed practical tips – rooted in the principles of evidence-based practice – to strengthen SLPs’ diagnosis and treatment of CAS to enhance child outcomes.

“A Language-Based Approach to Managing Echolalia”
The course discussed all aspects of echolalia, a complex and often misunderstood language phenomenon. The speaker discussed the origins of echolalia, reviewed the evidence supporting it as a positive indicator of language development, described how to perform ongoing assessment before and during mitigation, and shared intervention strategies to facilitate the transition to self-generated language.

Attended 2020 South Carolina Speech Language Hearing Association Annual Convention
Topics included included but were not limited to: augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) intervention, voice/resonance, language and literacy disorders, motor speech disorders, dysphagia, audiology and hearing disorders, autism and autism spectrum disorders, supervision, and Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM).

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.