Vicki Simonsmeier works in the Sorenson Center for Clinical Excellence (SCCE) at USU and is lead SLP on the Integrated Assessment and Pediatric Feeding teams. She has been the Core SLP Faculty for URLEND for the past 19 years and uses this knowledge in her work at the Coordinator of Interprofessional Education at the SCCE.
Prior to coming to USU she worked professionally as a SLP in public schools, medical, and home settings and directed several Birth-to-Three programs. She worked to assure that children in underserved, rural areas in Wisconsin had access to services and provided homebased therapy for culturally diverse populations in urban areas. She is a strong child-family advocate, and consulted to insurance companies in an effort to educate and facilitate improved access to health care.
Her professional interests are evaluation and intervention of infants and young children with multiple disabilities, including children with ASD, but her love is working with infants and children with feeding difficulties. She is also interested in the intersection of language-learning and literacy difficulties in young children with multiple/medical challenges and is currently researching reading comprehension in children with ASD.