Executive Director & Certified Speech-Language Pathologist

Rachel DeSando, MS Ed., CCC-SLP is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certified Speech Language Pathologist, who is experienced in treating speech, literacy, and swallowing disorders across the lifespan, having worked in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and skilled nursing facilities with clients of all ages and abilities.  Rachel is actively licensed in the states of California, Florida, and Virginia.  She holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from her Alma Mater, Old Dominion University of Norfolk, Virginia.  She has received the ASHA Award for Continuing Education, and has extensive training in the use of Modified Barium Swallow Study Analysis, VitalStim Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation, Lively Letters (an Orton-Gillingham inspired reading program), and Lindamood Bell LiPS, and Seeing Stars programs for reading.  Rachel is bilingual in English and Spanish, and is committed to providing excellent services and evidence-based practice to multilingual and multiculturally diverse families.  Rachel takes pride in her innovative use of technology to serve clients via teletherapy in the comfort and privacy of their homes. 

Rachel is passionate about helping children master skills in communication at a young age, so they can be successful with their best Speech For Life!

Rachel is an energetic, compassionate, and motivating therapist who passionately engages each speech client in evidence-based techniques using state-of-the-art technology to achieve their optimum communication and swallowing skills.  She utilizes a client-centered approach to deliver functional and meaningful therapy that will inspire and improve clients’ communication, swallowing, and speech skills for a lifetime. 

How We Do It

We offer highest quality speech therapy services to clients in their ideal learning environment or home. 

Teletherapy uses innovative technology to deliver secure, live, interactive face to face treatment to clients in the comfort and privacy of home.

We value the family's role in therapy and engage all family members in strategies for most efficient and effective outcomes of our clients. 

We bring therapy to your child in their natural learning environment such as home, school, academy, or daycare. (On location treatment available in Windermere and Horizon West areas only.)


SpeechForLife's mission is to deliver highest quality personalized speech and dyslexia therapy services via a secure teletherapy platform to patients of all ages who desire improved quality of life and academic achievement for a lifetime.


SpeechForLife's vision is to spread awareness and understanding of speech and learning difficulties to clients, caregivers, and the community to ensure those affected will be directed to the appropriate type of care and resources to enhance their quality of life.