Rachel Cortese, MS Ed, MS CCC-SLP offers systematic, evidence-based approaches to remediate speech and language disorders in children and to help parents learn skills to facilitate their child’s speech and language development through their regular, everyday routines.
Rachel can help you determine how your child is communicating compared to what is typically expected at a particular age and will work with you and your child to get their communication to the next level.
Rachel uses a collaborative and multi-sensory intervention approach to remediate problems with age-appropriate reading, spelling, and/or writing. Using materials from your child’s classroom curriculum, your child will learn how to sharpen vocabulary, reading comprehension skills, print awareness/decoding, and listening skills.
Rachel builds speech and language skills to help your child interact more easily and more meaningfully with the world around them and teaches parents to use everyday routines and activities to promote their child’s communication development in naturalistic ways.
Rachel utilizes the evidence-based Lidcombe program and other behavioral treatments to help children who stutter and to integrate the motor, cognitive and social-emotional aspects of communication.
If your child has difficulty producing certain speech sounds or their speech is difficult to understand, Rachel uses PROMPT, a specific hands-on technique for guiding the speech musculature with tactile feedback and other evidence-based techniques that will help your child achieve appropriate articulation of speech sounds and words.
Although Selective Mutism (SM) is an anxiety disorder, researchers estimate that between 40 and 60% of children diagnosed with SM present with co-occurring speech and language disorders. Rachel collaborates with leading psychologists in the field of SM to address the unique speech and language challenges of children diagnosed with Selective Mustism.