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Jennifer Schultz, Author

Jennifer is an online instructor for the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program at Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, SD. In addition to her work as an instructor, Jennifer provides speech-language pathology evaluation and treatment services in long-term care settings. She earned her degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Iowa. Prior to her teaching position, Jennifer was employed by an education cooperative for 12 years, serving students ages 0–21 for multiple school districts in southeast South Dakota. She has particular interest in the treatment of language disorders in school-age children. Past professional experience includes nine years as a speech-language pathologist in an inpatient rehabilitation setting. Jennifer is a past President of the South Dakota Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a member of the ASHA SLP Advisory Council. She has presented continuing education seminars online and at numerous state and regional speech-language pathology conventions and in-services.

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 Wikispaces page, www.jenniferschultz.wikispaces.com. 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: K-2 (SACCS: K-2) is the result of that effort.