Small Steps Therapy, LLC
Speech, Language and Feeding Services

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Small Steps Therapy: Speech, Language and Feeding Services

Small Steps Therapy was founded in 2013 by Rachel Best, MS, CCC-SLP. This private practice was developed to fulfill a need for speech, language and feeding services in the Greater Providence area. Treatment is focused on the family unit and provided in family-friendly environment. Parents, extended family and siblings are encouraged to attend each session and are involved in the treatment and carry-over of all objectives. Goal areas and home programs are developed with the family in order to promote the highest level of success a child can achieve. 

Evaluations and treatment are provided in a relaxed setting that encourages children to be themselves and have fun while learning new skills. Treatment can also be provided in a multi-disciplinary approach or with consultation from other professionals (e.g., pediatricians, psychologists, teachers, other therapists). At Small Steps Therapy the client is ALWAYS the priority! 



About Rachel Best, MS, CCC-SLP

Rachel Best graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Bridgewater State College and with a Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Science from Boston University. She is licensed in Rhode Island and Massachusetts and maintains her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Rachel began her career in the medical and outpatient setting working with both adults and children with a variety of speech, language and swallowing challenges. Additionally, Rachel spent several years in the academic setting working with students ranging from kindergarten to middle school. Treatment in this setting focused on speech, language, social thinking and feeding challenges. Rachel completed specialized training in feeding therapy, has worked on several interdisciplinary feeding teams and enjoys working with "picky eaters". She is also certified in the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol.

Rachel is also the mother to 3 amazing children and uses her daily life experiences to relate to clients and create treatment plans that are manageable for busy families like her own. 

Notable Achievements:

  • Presented at the 2012 ASHA Convention poster session on The Immersion Model

  • Author of a paper and poster for the 2013 ASHA Convention on Social Thinking Within the Immersion Model

  • Beckman Oral Motor Protocol Certified




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