Laura E. Smith

MA, CCC-SLP

Laura Smith.

Laura E. Smith

MA, CCC-SLP

Laura E. Smith

MA, CCC-SLP

Current Work

Provide clinical and consultative support for individuals with complex communication needs (CCN). My AAC Specialty Clinic provides evaluation, therapy, and consultative support to help children and adults communicate when verbal speech is changing or not a possibility. We also assist individuals with ALS or other MND diagnoses with support services to complete voice and message banking.

Education / Training

MA, Speech-Language Pathology, University at Buffalo
BS,Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped, Ithaca College

Licenses/Certifications

ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP)
NY State License in Speech-Language Pathology (L/SLP)
NY State Permanent Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH)

Employment / Professional Experience

2015-Present: University at Buffalo, Clinical Assistant Professor for Speech Language Pathology
2003-2015: Aspire of WNY, Speech-Language Pathologist 
2005-2012: University at Buffalo, Externship Supervisor for Graduate Clinical Training
Fall 2003: University at Buffalo, Adjunct Professor for CDS
2002-2003: Enkidu Research, Inc., Research Assistant
1998-2001: Binghamton City School District, Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped
Summer 1999: Handicapped Children's Association, Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped

Clinical Training

Winter 2003: Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo, NY, Graduate Clinical Extern
Spring 2003: Buffalo City School District: School 84, Buffalo, NY, Graduate Clinical Extern
2001-2002: UB Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic, Buffalo, NY, Graduate Clinical Extern
Spring 1998: Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Binghamton, NY, Student Teacher: Speech
Fall 1997: Ithaca Area Community Center, Ithaca, NY, Student Clinician in Speech Pathology

Teaching

Fall 2019-Present CDS 600 TUT: Independent Study for AAC
Fall 2020-Present: CDS 670 SEM: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Spring 2016- 2020: CDS 670 SEM: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Spring 2015- Present: CDS 595 TUT: Lecture and Practicum: Speech-Language Pathology
Fall 2016-Present: Guest Lecturer on AAC in: CDS 151 LEC: Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Fall 2015-Present: Guest Lecturer on AAC in: CDS 522/482 LEC: Disorders and Diagnosis
Fall 2016-2017: Guest Lecturer on AAC in: CDS 485 LEC: Speech Pathology in the School

Publications

Smith, L., Higginbotham, D., J, Lesher, G.,W., PhD, Moulton, B., & Mathy, P. , (2006). The Development of an Automated Method for Analyzing Communication Rate in Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Assistive Technology, Vol 18.1/spring. RESNA Press

Presentations

Fall 2021: ASHA CEU guest speaker at Amherst Central School District: Implementation of AAC, Assessment through Treatment.
November 2019: ASHA Conference-Orlando, FL: Presentation: Reimagine Your Clinical Training Program Through the Use of Computer-Based Simulation.
October 2019: USSAAC, Webinar: Assisted Todd Hutchinson with his presentation on: My Story of How Getting a Speech Device Changed My Life
November 2018: ASHA Conference-Boston, MA: Digital Poster Presentation: Recordable Books and Personalized Synthesized Voices: Preserving the Memory of People with Motor Neuron Disease.
November 2018: ASHA Conference-Boston, MA: Nominated and Assisted Todd Hutchinson with his presentation for the 2018 Edwin and Esther Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture recipient: Breaking the Wall of No and Can’t
November 2017: ASHA Conference-Los Angeles, CA: Research Contributor for Poster: Project Participate: Accessible Creative and Performing Arts Programming, Interprofessional Student Training and Inclusion.
August 2016: ISAAC Convention-Toronto, CA: Poster Presentation: Role Playing and AAC: A Therapeutic Approach to Improve Spontaneous Conversational Exchanges in Natural Contexts.
April 2016: SUNY Fredonia-Fredonia, NY: ASHA CEU Conference Presentation: AAC Evaluation Through Implementation.
Spring 2016-2017: Guest Lectures in CDS 485 LEC: Speech Pathology in the Schools: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Fall 2015-Present: Guest Lectures in: CDS 151 LEC: Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology: Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Fall 2015-Present: Guest Lecturer: CDS 522/482 LEC: Disorders and Diagnosis: Augmentative and Alternative Communication Assessment.
November 2013: Assistive Technology Conference, Parent Network of New York-Buffalo, NY: Aspire of WNY Technology Demonstration and Interactive Training
November 2013: Assistive Technology Conference, Parent Network of New York, Buffalo-NY: ASHA CEU Presentation: Accessibility and Technology.
November 2012: Assistive Technology Conference, Parent Network of New York-Buffalo, NY: Assistive Technology Conference- Aspire of WNY Technology Demonstration and Interactive Training
September 2011: Aspire of WNY-Buffalo, NY: Staff Development Presentation: An Evaluation Tool for Assistive Technology
February 2009: Aspire of WNY-Buffalo, NY: Staff Development Presentation: Multi-modal Communication Methods
June 2003: RESNA Conference-Atlanta, GA: Presented Poster Session on Master's Thesis: The Evaluation of Automated Methods for Analyzing Communication Rate in AAC

Service

2021-Present Chair of Graduate Admissions for the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences
2020-Present: Supportive services for the ALS Association of WNY AAC Loan Closet located in CDS-CADL
2016- 2021: Member of the CDS Graduate Admissions Committee
Spring 2020: Give Kids a Smile Day, UB Dental School: Hearing Screenings
Fall 2019: UB Child Care Center: Speech-Language Screenings
2015-Present: Annual supervisor for kindergarten speech-language screenings at WCSD
2016-Present: Parent Volunteer for Williamsville East High School Sports Boosters (men’s volleyball & baseball, & women’s softball).
2015-Present: ALS Association: Provide communication support for individuals and families
2016-Present: Volunteer Pro-bono AAC support to individuals with CCN in the community
2009- 2014: Girl Scouts: Volunteer Girl Scout Troop Leader