Social Skills Apps For Children & Young Adults With Autism And Special Needs

Laurie Jacobs, M.A. CCC-SLP

Social Skill Builder, Inc.

Laurie Jacobs, M.A. CCC-SLP, is co-founder of Social Skill Builder, a company launched in 1999 to provide computer-based tools for teaching social skills to children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Laurie, along with her sister and co-founder Jennifer, develops her software products based on the unique needs of her ASD clients. Laurie is the owner of Community Speech Language Services, an independent speech pathology practice that treats pediatric and adolescent language disorders including Autism, Aspergers Syndrome and Down Syndrome.

Prior to opening her practice, Laurie serviced patients with adult and adolescent neurological disorders and facilitated social training groups at the Suburban Hospital Physical Rehabilitation Department in Bethesda, MD, the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Montrose, MD and the Loudoun Hospital Center Rehabilitation Department in Leesburg, VA. At the beginning of her career, Laurie was a practitioner in Mercy Hospital Systems Head Start Program, where she treated pediatric communication difficulties including autism, articulation, language delays and stuttering.

Laurie is a clinically-certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has received the Council of Exceptional Childrens Practitioner Presentation Award. She received a BS from Kent State University in 1989 and a MA from the University of Akron in 1991.