School of Speech, Language, Hearing and Occupational Sciences Faculty & Staff

Jennifer Schoffer Closson

Clinical Assistant Professor

Contact

  • Office: Curry 023
  • Phone: (406) 243-5261
  • Fax: (406) 243-2362
  • Email: jennifer.closson@mso.umt.edu
  • Office Hours:

    Meetings upon request

    Jennifer Schoffer Closson MS CCC-SLP is the Director of the DeWit RiteCare Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic at the University of Montana and an Assistant Research Professor in the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Department.  She developed the Mentoring, Organization, and Social Support for Autism Inclusion on Campus (MOSSAIC) program and co-developed the YETI (Youth Engagement Through Intervention) Social Skills program and intervention framework.  Ms. Closson has presented locally and nationally about autism and secondary transition.  Having spent 15 years in public schools and private practice, Ms. Closson is passionate about clinical education and producing high quality speech-language pathologists for Montana. She furthered her dedication to this state as the 2014 president of the Montana Speech-Language Hearing Association.

     

     

     

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Personal Summary

Jennifer Schoffer Closson MS CCC-SLP is the Director of the DeWit RiteCare Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic at the University of Montana and an Assistant Research Professor in the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Department.  She developed the Mentoring, Organization, and Social Support for Autism Inclusion on Campus (MOSSAIC) program and co-developed the YETI (Youth Engagement Through Intervention) Social Skills program and intervention framework.  Ms. Closson has presented locally and nationally about autism and secondary transition.  Having spent 15 years in public schools and private practice, Ms. Closson is passionate about clinical education and producing high quality speech-language pathologists for Montana. She furthered her dedication to this state as the 2014 president of the Montana Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Education

2013 -  present            University of Montana Ed. D. Teaching & Learning (formerly Curriculum &Instruction)

1999                            Minot State University M.S. Communication Disorders

1995                            Minot State University B.S. Communication Disorders

Courses Taught

CSD 396 - Autism on Campus/SvcLrn. 2 Credits.

Prerq., junior or senior Standing, consent of instruct., and application required. This course educates students about autism in adults. The didactic portion addresses executive functioning and social needs. The service learning portion allows direct mentorship to people on campus with autism and related disorders.

CSD 445 - Autism and Complex Communication Needs. 2-4 Credits.

Offered Intermittently Prereq., CSD 210, CSD 345, senior standing. This course explores and integrates social aspects of communication (e.g., behavioral and social skills affecting communication) and communication accommodations, adaptations, and links to functional and daily-living in individuals with severe to complex communication disorders. This includes a focus on assessment and treatment processes and practices for prevalent diagnoses such as Autism Syndrome Disorder.

CSD 545 - Autism and Complex Communication Needs. 2-4 Credits.

Offered variable terms. Prereq., graduate standing. This course explores and integrates social aspects of communication (e.g., behavioral and social skills affecting communication) and communication accommodations, adaptations, and links to functional and daily-living in individuals with severe to complex communication disorders. This includes a focus on assessment and treatment processes and practices for prevalent diagnoses such as Autism Syndrome Disorder. Level: Graduate

CSD 570 - Clinical Processes in Professional Practice I. 1 Credit.

(R-3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq., SLP graduate program standing. This course provides content focused on the professional practices, processes, attributes, and abilities associated with professional accountability, ethics, integrity, effective communication skills, clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice, and collaborative practice. In addition clinical consideration of multicultural aspects of communication are considered of clients from all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Links to clinical application in associated applied classes (CSD 571) are made. Level: Graduate

Teaching Experience

2011 to present teaching for the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Department at the University of Montana

Research Interests

Autism through the lifespan

Projects

YETI (Youth Engagement Through Intervention) Social Skills Program

MOSSAIC (Mentoring, Organization, and Social Support for Autism Inclusion on Campus) Program Director

Field of Study

Areas of interest:  Autism through the lifespan, cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies, clinical education

Publications

Nelson, H., Collins, G., Goforth, A., Alwell, M., Schoffer Closson, J. (2018, November) Speech-language pathology and psychology students’ perceptions of an interprofessional autism intervention:  A quantitative study.  Poster presentation for the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association, Boston, MA.

Schoffer Closson, J.K., Griffin, J. (2017, October) Always, sometime, never:  What do Likert scales really tell us?  Poster presentation for the Montana Speech-Language Hearing Association, Missoula, MT.

Schoffer Closson, J. K., Goforth, A., Schindorf, Z, (2017, February) Generalizing social skills:  The path less traveled.  Poster presentation for the National Association of School Psychologists, San Antonio, TX.

Thomas, P., Goforth, A.N., Schoffer Closson, J., Shindorf, Z.R., Yosai, E, Tilleman, M., & Holter, O. (February, 2016). Effectiveness and parent acceptability of YETI for children with autism. Poster to be presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA. 

Goforth, A.N., *Rennie, B., *Hammond, J. & Closson, J., (2015). Strategies for data collection in social skill group interventions: A case study for children with autism. Intervention in School and Clinic, 51. Doi: 10.1177/1053451215585806

Schoffer Closson, J. & Stansberry, R. (2015). Montana Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The ASHA Leader, 20(4), 66. doi: 10.1044/leader.STSP.20042015.66.

Shindorf, Z, Goforth, A, & Schoffer Closson, J, (February, 2015) Effectiveness and parent acceptability of ‘Youth Engagement Through Intervention’ Social Skills Group for children with autism spectrum disorders.  Poster presented at the Annual National Association of School Psychologists Conference, Orlando, FL.

 Schoffer Closson, J & Goforth, A., (October, 2014) Block scheduling social skills groups:  An intensive and inclusive model.  Poster presented at the annual Montana Speech                Language and Hearing Convention, Missoula, MT.

Affiliations

American Speech-Language Hearing Association

Montana Act Early.  Learn the Signs. Initiative

Montana Autism Center

Montana Speech-Language Hearing Association

The Rural Institute at the University of Montana

UM Interprofessional Education Committee

 

 

 

Specialized Skills

YETI (Youth Engagement Through Inervention) Co-Developer

MOSSAIC (Mentoring, Organization, and Social Support for Autism Inclusion on Campus) Developer

Intro to College Co-Developer

Professional Experience

2011 - present             2016 Director of Clinic Education:  Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Montana

2015                            Assistant Professor/Clinical Supervisor/DeWit RiteCare Clinic Director

2013-2015                   Assistant Professor/Clinical Supervisor/DeWit RiteCare Clinic Director of Pediatric Services

2011-2013                   Assistant Professor/Clinical Supervisor

2014 – 2015                Social Skills Intervention Trainer/Presenter

Montana Office of Public Instruction:  Montana Autism Education Project

2010 – 2011                Secondary Transition Trainer/Presenter

                        Montana Office of Public Instruction, Helena, MT

2006 – 2011               Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist

                                    Bitterroot Valley Education Coop, Stevensville, MT

2005 – 2011               Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist

                                    Momentum Speech Therapy, Missoula, MT

2000 – 2005                Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist

                                    Scottish Rite Speech and Language Clinic, Billings, MT

1995 – 2000                Public School Speech Language Pathologist/Aide

International Experience

Canadian Citizen

Honors / Awards

August, 2018               #15 25 Best Value Colleges for Students with Autism 2017-2018 – Best Value Schools for MOSSAIC

July, 2018                    5th ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE Award)

May, 2018                   Bertha Morton Scholarship recipient ($3,000)

Spring, 2017                Accepted into UMentoring Research program, Mentor:  Steve Yoshimura

October, 2017             Recognized as a Student Wellness Advocate by UM Curry Health Center

August, 2017               #7 20 Best Value Colleges for Students with Autism 2017-2018 – Best Value Schools for MOSSAIC

August, 2017               #20 Top 20 Online Colleges for Students with Autism – Online College Plan for MOSSAIC

July, 2017                    Guest blogger for the Montana Speech-Language Association:  Conversation Skills:  Teaching them can be Free!

May, 2017                   Featured on the Montana Public Radio Pea Green Boat:  Kids Like You and Me:  Busting Myths About Autism

July, 2016                    Featured in Pre-ETS Showcase for Introduction to College Class

May, 2016                   Featured in the UM School of Journalism’s documentary Aging Out: Autism in Montana

Spring, 2016                Recognized in Minot State University Alumni magazine for receiving the ASHFoundation Clinical Achievement Award for Montana

November, 2015         Awarded the State Clinical Achievement Award by the ASHfoundation

October, 2015             Featured on the MSHA webpage Spotlight Profile for my State Clinical Achievement Award

October, 2015             Received the MSHA Service Award for outstanding dedication and excellence in service to the MSHA organization

June, 2015                   Recognized in the “Awarded” section page 20 of volume 20 of the ASHA Leader for receiving the UM ADA award for developing the MOSSAIC program

April 2, 2015               Received the Western Montana Scottish Rite Educational Scholarship

March, 2015               Nominated for the 2015 Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement

March, 2015               Recipient of the UM Americans with Disabilities Act award

February, 2015            Featured in the 2014 UM Vision Magazine cover story “The Onslaught of Autism”

Spring, 2014                Bertha Morton Scholarship recipient ($3,000)

Spring, 2014                2014 Darrel and Elsie Minifie Scholarship recipient

Fall, 2014                    Recipient of the Montana Speech-Language Hearing Association Meritorious Award for exemplary service to the organization, profession, and the communicatively impaired

March, 2013               University of Montana Student Affairs Faculty Recognition Reception honoree

2013 - 2016                 TTEAM (Training Teachers to Ensure Achievement and Membership) program through Curriculum and Instruction and the Rural Institute scholarship

2013 - present             Doctorate of Education program in the department of Curriculum and Instruction, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education, University of Montana

2008                            Florence, MT Public Service Award recipient

Hobbies

Camping, crosswords, dogs, paddle boarding, skiing