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Olivia Smith is a SLP-A (speech-language pathology assistant) with additional education and experience providing ABA therapy.
A 2021 graduate of the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Science Disorders and a minor in Applied Behavioral Analysis, Smith joined FOCUS Therapy in Fort Myers in 2023. This was after spending nearly a year working as an ABAT (applied behavior analysis technician) in North Carolina, administering ABA therapy to children in both home and clinic settings. She’s also certified in BLS (basic life support), and has a limited working proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL).
“I went through speech therapy as a child,” Smith explained. At the time, I thought it was fun! As I got older, I realized that we were working while playing. When it was all over, I no longer had speech troubles. That’s when I knew this was the perfect career for me!”
She especially enjoys working with children, and says her therapy philosophy is that learning should be fun.
A Tampa native, she moved to North Carolina for a stint with her husband before recently returning to South Florida.
“I love that FOCUS Therapy integrates all of the important therapies under one room,” Smith said. ” The team is always collaborating with one another – which helps the therapists and ultimately the patients.”
In her free time – when not curled up with a good book, a hot tea, and one of her two cats (Stella & Oliver) – Smith enjoys dancing, hiking, yoga, and great coffee!