Hello! I am a Speech-Language Therapist at PS20 in Manhattan.  My areas of specialty are neurodevelopmental disorders and school-aged children with speech and language disorders.  I hold a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from St. Joseph’s University and a Masters Degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  My clinical and research experience includes swallowing disorders, childhood neurogenic disorders, and school-aged learning disorders.  Lately, my focus has been on inclusive models for Language Therapy in the classroom, tracking progress with data and using technology in therapy.

I have also been working for the last 5 summers as a field guide for Wilderness Therapy programs in Idaho and Vermont. Wilderness Therapy is an alternative to traditional psychotherapy for teenagers who struggle with a variety of behavioral and emotional issues.  As a field guide, I teach primitive living skills in remote backcountry settings and facilitate a therapeutic program to help students discover new coping strategies, and to communicate effectively.

Prior to studying Speech and Language Therapy, I taught Middle School Mathematics for 2 years in Philadelphia with Teach for America and spent a year teaching skiing in Colorado at an outdoor education center for people with disabilities.

To learn more about my background and clinical experience visit my Linked-In Profile here:


5 Responses to “Bio”

  1. connie Cortese December 19, 2010 at 7:30 pm #


  2. Ruth September 14, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    I just found your site by random search. Thank you. I want to run out and buy an IPAD and try some of the suggested apps. Reading your blog has given me the motivation I need for the coming year.

    • Rachel Lynn Eckenthal September 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

      Thanks Ruth! If you end up getting one I’d love to hear about your experience!

  3. Deb Truskey (@SLPDeb) November 28, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    I LOVE your site! Thanks for sharing so much great information! I have only had a chance to read a couple of posts but I will certainly be back for more!

  4. Christa June 19, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    I just fell on your site and was so amazed! I am also an SLP working in the school system. Our district is a underserved and very needy district. You have given me some inspiration to find a way to get the technology to the kids and show the district that this will advance our kids who have language disabilities across the board. I am getting an application together to apply for a grant for Ipads to be used in the therapy room and with Rti students. Thank you again for sharing your experience!

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