What sets us apart from other Speech Therapists? With over 15 years of skilled therapy experience, our approach is one that is family focused. We include all members of the family, as needed, to help foster communication growth and development. We listen to your wants and needs and we support you and your values.
We are passionate about serving young children and their families. We throughly enjoy coaching and supporting parents and caregivers to be their little ones best teacher and advocate. We'll help you navigate challenges, every step of the way. We'll be right there with you, answering your questions and explaining our recommendations as we go. Our ultimate goal is to empower you!
Language is power.
Successful communication improves lives.
Have you ever had the experience where you say one thing and your listener interprets it as something else? Do you recall being frustrated or upset? Now imagine, not having the ability to communicate the right words, knowing exactly what you want, but not being able to make yourself understood so that you could get it.
If you had feelings of frustration in reading the situation above, you may now have a better understanding of how your toddler is feeling when s/he is unable to communicate his/her wants and needs. So, what do you do about it? That's where we can help. We'll guide you, step by step, with proven, research driven methods, to help your toddler improve their communication ability thereby decreasing his/her frustration and increase your families connection.
Not every therapist is passionate about zero to three. Yes, we absolutely all go through the same schooling and, if you see an "MA/BS, CCC-SLP" as credentials, you can be sure that we are equally qualified. The difference, however, lies in our individualized passions. Our passion is to serve infants and toddlers and empower their families. Zero to three is the only population served, day in and day out, and it has been for years. We focus our research on methods to improve the parent/caregiver and child relationship as well as new ways to help foster communication development.
For as long as she can remember, Rachel has always had a passion for helping others. Those that know her would describe her as the type of person always looking to help out and make things better.
Rachel grew up in South Florida and enjoyed regular visits to the beach and watching the thunderstorms develop over the ocean. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida in Gainesville. During her time there, she worked as a Research Coordinator for a NIH grant that focused on researching brain changes via fMRI for those that had suﬀered a stroke. The evidence was clear even then, therapy changes brains!
For the past 12 years, Rachel has dedicated herself to growing both professionally and personally and recognizes that to truly foster growth and development, the whole child/person/family must be supported. She feels strongly that a child is best served when all whom are in the child’s life can assist the child to achieve their fullest potential. It is for that reason Rachel is committed to high quality child-led, parent/caregiver intervention via parent coaching.
In 2015, the mossy trees and Pacific Ocean called to Rachel and her husband. They decided to relocate to the PNW and Rachel brought along Communication Connection Speech Services to continue practicing in the ﬁeld she loves, pediatric speech therapy. Communication Connection Speech Services contracts with the local Community Center Board to provide services to those that qualify for the Early Intervention program, serving ages 0 to 3.
It is Rachel’s strong passion, creative energy, caring personality, knowledgeable experience in the ﬁeld, and entrepreneurial spirit that led to the creation of Communication Connection Speech Services. Rachel feels lucky to have a life that has taught her the principles of hard work, entrepreneurship, respect, and standing up for what you believe in.
Rachel is eager to mentor new therapists and is dedicated to ensuring her clients receive the highest standard of services. Her specialties include: Parent Coaching and Teaching, Feeding Challenges and Dysphagia, Communication Development, Speech Sound Disorders, behavior and social skills.
Rachel and her husband love to make time for local adventures and hikes, bike rides with friends, spending time together, traveling and glamping. Life is good!