Rachel Cortese, MS Ed, MS CCC-SLP
Licensed Speech Language Pathologist and Behavioral Therapist
Rachel Cortese, MS Ed, MS CCC-SLP, is a Brooklyn-based speech language pathologist and behavioral therapist. Rachel completed her Masters in Communication Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and obtained a Masters degree in elementary education from St. Joseph’s University. Currently, she is working toward board certification as a Behavior Analyst. Over the years Rachel has developed a unique combination of research-based speech and language interventions, alternative therapeutic practices and behavioral techniques, which helps to diagnose and treat clients in an effective, holistic, child-centered manner.
In her 12 years of experience, she has worked with hundreds of children and parents from all walks of life accross a variety of educational and clinical settings. This has provided Rachel with a deep insight and practical view of the impact that a speech, language or behavior disorder can have on a child and their families. Rachel’s expertise is in the evaluation and treatment of toddlers with delayed language development, children with stuttering disorders and speech sound disorders, and communication impairments associated with autism. She also has extensive clinical experience with behavioral difficulties and school aged children with language-based learning disorders.
Furthermore, Rachel has advanced trainings in applied behavior analysis (ABA), and PROMPT, a specialized technique used to facilitate oral motor skills and to remediate speech production disorders. She is certified to lead It Takes Two to Talk-The Hanen Program® for parents of children ages five and under with language delays and More Than Words- The Hanen Program® for parents of children with Autism. She has additional training in The Lidcombe program, an early intervention behavior based treatment program designed for preschool children who stutter, and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2), a standardized observation designed to assess behaviors related to autism spectrum disorders.
Rachel creates a therapeutic program to help clients communicate effectively and discover new coping strategies when they experience frustration and communication breakdowns. Using a combination of individualized, research-based interventions, and parent trainings Rachel effectively treats a variety of communication disorders, with an aim to facilitate speech, language and behavior changes in a positive, naturalistic and well coordinated manner.
Prior to studying Speech and Language Therapy, Rachel taught Middle School Mathematics for two years in Philadelphia as a Teach for America corps member. She taught adaptative skiing to people with disabilities at The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center in Colorado, and worked as a field guide at wilderness therapy programs helping teenagers who struggled with a variety of behavioral and emotional issues. Rachel currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.