About Us

About Us

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Rachel Kirson M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Speech & Hearing Sciences and Psychology. She continued her graduate studies at Adelphi University where she received a Master’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her office is located within Early Start Academy, in Livingston, New Jersey.

Rachel has extensive experience with the pediatric population; evaluating and conducting therapy to preschool and school-age students with developmental delays. Her areas of expertise include articulation and phonological disorders, oral-motor difficulties and childhood apraxia of speech, expressive and receptive language delays, pragmatic/socialization difficulties, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She believes the most effective way to build a child’s speech and language skills are through interactive activities and play!

Rachel began her career as the Speech-Language Supervisor at Speech Zone; a speech-language and occupational therapy clinic located on the Upper West Side. She then moved on to experience the general education (Mountainside School District) and special education (NYLEL-The Gramercy School) school settings, treating students with IEPs and a variety of speech-language needs. After spending many years as a Child Study Team member, Rachel continues to follow a team approach in her Private Practice setting; regularly collaborating with educators and related service providers to best meet each child’s needs in the classroom and home. She consults for Early Start Academy; providing speech-language services to students with a variety of communication needs.

Rachel is trained in the PROMPT technique and TalkTools® hierarchy; used to treat a variety of oral-motor difficulties and articulation delays. She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham Reading Program; a multi-sensory reading/spelling technique used for struggling readers or children with Dyslexia. Rachel has also received training and education on common developmental conditions and therapy techniques: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) use, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Verbal Behavior & Functional Behavior Assessment. Rachel has provided supervision to new clinicians and clinical fellows on their first endeavors in the field!

She supports parent communities throughout the tri-state area by providing parent workshops. Workshops cover a range of topics such as typical speech and language development, toy selection, common developmental disorders, and navigating parenting as children develop language.

Rachel is a certified member of the American Speech & Hearing Association. She is a New York & New Jersey state licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and is a certified Teacher of Students with Speech & Language Disabilities.

In her personal life, Rachel is mom to Theo & Mitzi, wife to Josh, and dog-mom to Louie. She enjoys spending her spare time with family and friends. But even in her down time,  keeps up with current interventions in Speech-Language Pathology to best meet all of her children’s needs.