Ms. Smith has over 25 years experience in the field of Child Development, with an emphasis on providing services to young children who have developmental disabilities and their families. She has a passion for, as well as expertise in working with young children who exhibit atypical behaviors, and how to include them in their natural environment. She has served as a direct-care provider, and in supervisory, training, and managerial positions.
Ms. Smith worked for several years as a Special Educator, Program Operations Coordinator, and Transition Coordinator at the National Children’s Center in Washington, D.C. She has also served as a Center Director for an inclusive childcare center, and as a Special Education Coordinator at an elementary charter school in Washington, D.C., and was a Speech Therapist for two local county school systems. Most recently Ms. Smith worked as an Early Childhood Special Educator in the Charles County Md. Infants and Toddlers Program. She also taught early childhood development courses as an adjunct instructor at the College of Southern Maryland.
Ms. Smith has been a member of the D.C Early Intervention Annual Conference Advisory Committee. She was also a member and secretary of the D.C. Early Intervention Consortium. Ms. Smith has provided the following trainings:
- Understanding the IDEA ‘97
- Writing and Implementing Individualized Education Plans
- Writing and Implementing Individualized Family Service Plans (birth-three)
- Poster Presentation: The Effectiveness of Reflective Supervision
- Strategies for Promoting Language Development in Young Children
- Administration and Interpretation of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire
- Supporting Young Children in a Natural Environment
Ms. Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from South Carolina State University. She received a Master of Arts degree in Infant Special Education from The George Washington University.