GET TO KNOW KRISTIN

Kristin Smith, M.S., CCC-SLP

Kristin

ABOUT ME

My father was a PT and I spent much of my youth in his office at the hospital.  Seeing what his word entailed  influenced me greatly and is why I originally wanted to be a PT.  However, when it came time for me to select a field for college, I decided speech therapy sounded more interesting.  It would enable me to follow in my father’s footsteps while still taking my own path.

During my early years as a SLP (Speech-Language Pathologist) I worked with both the geriatric and the pediatric populations.  Although I enjoyed working with both the younger and the older ends of the spectrum, I decided to focus on pediatrics feeling as though I have a special connection with children.  I enjoy the experience of helping children learn things for the first time, seeing the wonder in their eyes and helping them learn to communicate with others.  Watching them grow and progress touches me and their smiles and laughter warm my heart.

Scott and I met a handful of years ago through patients we were both working with.  We came to find out that we went to the same high school, he graduated with my brother and we know many of the same people.  As far back as I can remember he had a vision of a special school for children who have a need for increased movement and physical therapy.  He would talk about all of his ideas and visions over the years.  I was very excited when his ideas and dreams came to fruition.  When he asked me if I wanted to be a part of this groundbreaking school, I jumped at the chance to get on board.  It is such a pleasure to arrive to work at the Movement School.  I thoroughly enjoy the environment there as we all work well as a team.  The students are amazing and it is exciting to see how they progress.  The school offers so much and I’m proud to say that I’m a part of it.

MY SKILLS

Education

• Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology- Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL 1998
• Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders- University of Central Florida 1994

Certifications

• Certified Interactive Metronome
• Certified Therapeutic Listening
• Member of the American Speech Hearing and Language Association

Professional Work Experience

• Public School settings
• Group Homes
• Preschool for Medically Fragile Children
• Skilled Nursing Facility
• Home-Based therapy
• Owner of Wee Achieve Therapy, Inc. since 2007