Jennifer Schultz, Author
Jennifer is the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program director at Mitchell Technical College in Mitchell, SD. She earned her degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Iowa. Prior to her teaching position, Jennifer was employed as a speech-language pathologist in education settings for 12 years and in inpatient rehabilitation for 9 years. She has particular interest in the treatment of language disorders in school-age children. Jennifer has served on the ASHA SLP Advisory Council, as an ASHA Convention Topic Chair, and as president of the South Dakota Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She presents continuing education seminars on topics including treatment of childhood vocabulary and syntax skills, Common Core State Standards, working with speech-language pathology assistants, and supervision.
During her career as a school speech-language pathologist, Jennifer searched for assessment and treatment tools that would allow her to conduct educationally relevant assessment and treatment services for her students. She developed a functional assessment of communication skills based on the Common Core State Standards that she shared on her school website. The posted assessment in rough draft form resulted in much attention from practicing speech-language pathologists who were also looking for a skill-based assessment of language skills which tied directly to the regular education curriculum. The Skill-Based Assessment of Core Communication Skills (SACCS: K-2 and SACCS: 3-5) are the result of that effort.