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Rachel Higgins-Bernhardt MS, CCC-SLP
BS Western Michigan University
MA Western Michigan University

Rachel is a speech-language pathologist who provides therapy and diagnostic services at Kalamazoo Speech Associates.  Since 2015, she has developed her experience working with the pediatric population in the school setting, which has primarily involved diagnosing and treating children with different kinds of language disorders, speech sound disorders (such as childhood apraxia of speech and phonological impairments), foundational literacy skill delays, autism spectrum disorders, and stuttering. Rachel has supervised several graduate student interns and welcomes new opportunities for learning and growth. She enjoys collaborating with children and their families to find meaningful techniques and systems that work best for them. Rachel followed the Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) online training, which has influenced her thinking about treating childhood apraxia of speech. She enjoys being outside with her family, gardening, learning about wild edible plants, cooking and reading. In the past, Rachel has been involved in acting on stage and screen, and from these experiences she became interested in vocal coaching and how to maintain a healthy voice for professionals who rely on their voices for their work. She has enjoyed traveling overseas, having lived in the French-speaking part of Switzerland for many years, and having an international family. She hopes to be able to start traveling again once her children are a bit older.  She received her B.S. and M.A. from Western Michigan University; she maintains her Michigan license and her certificate of clinical competence through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).