Assistant Clinical Director & Director of Feeding Therapies, Speech-Language Pathologist
Jenni obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Georgia and her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of West Georgia. Jenni is a licensed, certified Speech Language Pathologist in the state of Georgia and is ASHA certified.
She previously worked in the Special Education PreK in the Gwinnett County school system serving children ages 3-5, as well as with children of all ages in the home health setting. She has experience working with children with dysphagia/feeding aversions, severe receptive/expressive language delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Apraxia of Speech, Articulation Disorders, Cleft Lip and Palate, and co-morbid medically complex disorders.
Jenni has focused her work on the pediatric population, and has a true passion for pediatric feeding therapy. She is trained in the CAN-EAT approach (a pediatric approach to feeding and swallowing), the Transdisciplinary Effective Assessment and Treatment (TR-eat®) model integrating oral motor/sensory therapy techniques along with medical and behavioral management for the treatment of complex feeding problems, and The Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, as well as the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol to remediate and address difficulties with articulation, oral-motor skills, and feeding. Jenni is trained in TalkTools® Oral Placement Therapy that targets specific movements needed for speech and feeding that combines auditory, visual, tactile, and proprioceptive sensory systems to improve speech clarity and feeding.
Additionally, Jenni is trained in Lori Overland’s TalkTools® Feeding Therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach. Jenni has taken Melanie Potock’s master classes for ARFID: The Anxious Eater, as well as Appetite: How to Foster Hunger & Wean Kids from Tube Feedings. Jenni most recently attended Marsha Dunn Klein’s 3 day Get Permission Approach to Tube Weaning with Love, which is a trust-based approach centered around strategic use of hunger, Use of tube feedings to help a child learn to eat orally, and strategies to safely and effectively wean children from their tubes. Jenni enjoys spending time with her two girls and watching them do gymnastics and ballet.