Rachel Madel M.A.CCC-SLP is a board-certified pediatric speech-language pathologist in Los Angeles specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children with various developmental delays including autism, down syndrome, childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) and other developmental disorders. She currently owns a private practice in Greater Los Angeles, as a speech therapist providing therapy services to children from birth to 18 years of age.
Working closely with other professionals such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, special educators and behavior consultants, Rachel has developed an integrated approach to therapy that focuses on a child’s strengths and weaknesses across multiple disciplines. Strategies and treatment protocols are tailored to meet each child’s specific needs in order to ensure successful outcomes.
Rachel’s clinical expertise focuses on the development of foundational language skills in children with autism who are nonverbal or emergent communicators. Her therapy for children with autism includes techniques from various child-centered approaches from The Hanen Centre as well as DIR Floortime in order to achieve meaningful interactions between parents and their children. She frequently utilizes alternative and augmentative communication systems including the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), functional sign language and various speech-generating devices. These technologies are utilized as both a primary means for a child to communicate basic wants and needs but also secondarily as a tool with a broader application for teaching a variety of language skills.
She was the primary speech therapist at the Parents and Children Together Program (PACT) in Philadelphia, a behavioral health facility for children between the age of 3 and 5 who are at risk for abuse and/or neglect. The program provides early childhood education and supplemental therapies to children with emotional and/or behavioral disorders including attention-deficit disorder (ADD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and conduct disorders for children demonstrating violent, aggressive and defiant behavior. She often utilizes strategies based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) in order to successfully modify challenging behaviors in the classroom and at home.
In addition to her clinical speech therapy practice in Los Angeles, Rachel has experience supervising and training speech therapists during their clinical fellowship program. She has mentored new clinicians and helped them to refine clinical treatment skills, manage dynamic caseloads and work with challenging behaviors. She was also responsible for interviewing and hiring potential clinicians as well as working with administration to develop policies that ensure successful completion of the program.
Rachel holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is currently licensed to practice speech pathology in the state of California and Pennsylvania. She graduated with honors from Temple University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in speech-language and hearing.