Private Practice in Los Angeles
Nothing quite compares to the sense of safety and security a child feels in the comfort of their own home. Utilizing the home for therapy allows for more accurate assessment of your child and allows us to weave therapeutic activities into every day routines in your home. We provide services in & around the West Los Angeles area.
Any optimal learning program requires the inclusion of those who frequently interact with your child. When the therapeutic process is extended to involve all caregivers, teachers and therapists it can transform every environment to support communication. A collaborative approach is supported to ensure carry-over of skills across every setting.
Speech & Language Therapy
Individual speech therapy sessions can help your child:
- Answer questions
- Follow adult directions
- Improve speech clarity
- Enhance conversation skills
At times, children require additional supports to understand language and communicate effectively. When implemented correctly, technology services can dramatically enhance communication skills and decrease frustration and aggressive behaviors.
In addition to speech and language therapy, the following services are available:
- Assessment and implementation of speech generating devices (e.g. using an iPad to help communication)
- Support and follow through with Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
- Visual aids to support comprehension of vocabulary concepts, daily routines and following directions
Executive Functioning Skills
Executive functioning skills are the cognitive processes that allow our brains to function properly and learn new things. Often times executive functioning deficits can result in children who have a difficult time regulating their behavior and have challenges with learning.
Individualized treatment programs are developed to address the following areas:
COGNITIVE FLEXIBILITY: a child's ability to sustain attention or shift attention appropriately during learning tasks.
WORKING MEMORY: a child's ability to remember and use information while in the middle of an activity.
INHIBITORY CONTROL: a child's ability to resist impulsive responses and regulate themselves in order to learn.
SPEECH & LANGUAGE SCREENINGS
Are you worried that your child might not be meeting developmental milestones? Early intervention is crucial to prevent a child from falling behind. A speech and language screening allows me to discuss your concerns via teleconference and then implement trial therapy to determine if speech therapy is necessary.
“Rachel has been working with our son for almost 3 years. Under her guidance, he has made great strides in speech, auditory processing and social communication. She does an excellent job of understanding his potential and teaches him the best way that he learns instead of trying to fit him into a mold. For all of our vast experiences with SLP’s this was a game changer for us. Rachel is a pleasure to work with, upbeat and excited to help our son improve. She celebrates his progress as much as we do. To note, we have recommended Rachel to personal friends and the feedback is always extremely positive and impressed at the level of her knowledge and service. ”
— Rob (Manhattan Beach)
“I am the nanny of a precious 8 year old boy with Autism. Rachel has been his speech therapist for about a year now, and the speech and communication gains we have seen in him are nothing short of remarkable. He is a different child. Rachel is not just an incredibly gifted SLP, but she also lovingly connects on a level that only a person with true passion for what they do would be capable of. It is simply magical to witness their sessions together. If you are seeking the best speech therapist in Los Angeles (or anywhere else), look no further. This woman will change your child’s life. Rest assured she is worth every cent, and so much more. We love you, Rachel!”
— Kara (Studio City)
“My son is 8 with limited language. Rachel has been amazing with him. Not only did she introduce a talking device, but she worked with his school and school aid to make sure we are all on the same page. She is a pleasure to be around, strong and loving to my son and most of all effective. We have seen several speech therapists through the years and no one has been better than Rachel. ”
— Michelle (Studio City)
“Rachel has been working with my 5 year old who has Autism for the last year. She is incredibly patient and creative in her approach to working with kids on the spectrum. She hones in on the interests of each child and has the ability to make therapy fun. My sons language and reciprocal conversation skills have increased tremendously since working with her. I feel so lucky to have found her and know that my son is getting the best therapy out there!”
— Carri (Studio City)
“My son is 7 years old, non verbal, and was diagnosed with autism four years ago. Rachel has been working with him for over a year. We have seen great progress since then. She is also very patient with my son, even when he has his meltdowns. She is able to help him get refocused and back to what they were working on. He is always so happy to see her and looks forward to all their sessions. We are so glad to have her with us and consider her a part of the family. We have been through many speech therapists and Rachel is by far the best. Thank you Rachel for all that you’ve done for our son!”
-Winda (Manhattan Beach)
“We started seeing Rachel and her therapist a couple of months ago, and we are already seeing a lot of progress. Rachel is very patient, resourceful, and incredibly talented. She was able to identify my son’s deficits very quickly, and started targeting those deficits. She makes the sessions exciting and fun, my son looks forward to see her every week. She also collaborates with our other therapists and gives them great ideas and tools that they can use in their sessions, and also to us as parents. We also work with Rachel's speech therapist who is also very talented, extremely patient and has a lot of experience with kids on the spectrum. We are very lucky to have them. It’s such a wonderful team!”
— Lulit (West Los Angeles)
“Rachel is a very kind, compassionate and patient individual. She brings one of her clients to the farmers market where I work and teaches him how to shop and be social in a busy setting. It is amazing for me to watch her with him because you can really tell how much she wants to teach him new things and it is so special getting to see his progress every week! Rachel’s passion exudes her and you can tell just by looking at her how much she loves her work and her clients!”
— Lauren (Manhattan Beach)
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