My name is Jennifer Klingensmith and I am a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP). I live in New Hampshire and I am licensed in the states of New Hampshire and Utah with a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) through the American Speech and Language Association (ASHA). I have been working in this field with a variety of populations and within a variety of settings since the Fall of 1991. Upon completion of my Bachelor's Degree in Speech Correction, I began working in the public school systems in New Hampshire. Initially, I began with a zest and affinity for articulation disorders because it was "clean and clear" and lended itself well to a structured step by step approach, but I soon began to develop an affinity for working with children on the Autism Spectrum which, as I continued to learn and develop my knowledge in the field, began to nurture a love for cognition and brain development.
In the Fall of 1997, I began work on an accelerated Master's Degree program in Curriculum and Instruction for grades K through 12 while working on a research project studying the effects of a variety of factors on early childhood language development. After completing this program in the summer of 1998, I began to nurture a special interest in early childhood language development and their disorders working in an integrated preschool setting.
In the Fall of 2006, I began work on my second Master's Degree, a degree in communication disorders, as part of my lifelong ambition to obtain ASHA's certificate of clinical competence, which I obtained in May of 2009. Following the completion of my School contract that year, I began working with adults in addition to maintaining work with individuals of all ages. I have worked in inpatient and outpatient settings with pediatrics throughout the lifespan, in schools (both brick and mortar and online via telepractice), in skilled nursing facilities, home care, and with private clients in their home environment. Each and every experience had reaffirmed my love and passion for the field. I have yet to find a setting or population I dislike working with.
Presently, I hold specialized training certification in Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) and am seeking ASHA's specialty recognition certification in swallowing which is the area I eventually wish to specialize in as this grows especially in the areas of head and neck cancer. Since strengthening the muscles in swallowing have the potential to positively impact speech and voicing, I also wish to specialize in the improvement of dysarthria and will be seeking specialized certification in The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) and continue education in the area of manual therapy techniques in Myofacial Release to improve strength and flexibility of the muscles involved in swallowing. I will be offering both "in person" and online options for treatment approaches.