Rachel is an ASHA-Certified speech-language pathologist who works within a private practice. She owns a consultancy named Rachel Dorsey: Autistic SLP where she offers professional consulting services to help professionals implement autism-friendly therapy practices and parent coaching services to help parents of autistic children. She is passionate about educating therapists and educators about how to best help their autistic clients and/or students.
Following prolonged periods of heavy masking in Graduate school and her first few years as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Rachel learned about Neurodiversity.
After an emotionally challenging year of fighting for the validation of her identity, she was finally professionally diagnosed with autism.
Rachel was a sensitive, anxious child in school; performing well in art, writing and mathematics, but not in reading, history, and science. While she had some friends, they never seemed to last very long, with the exception of her best friend who also later went on to receive an autism diagnosis. She attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate speech therapy degree. She connected with the engineering, physics, and math students whilst not quite fitting in with the girls in her undergraduate major.
She completed her Master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and upon graduation and several years of working in the field, suspected her own autistic identity and noticed the ableism in the field. Rachel is passionate about educating and warning other professionals against teaching masking behaviours explicitly or inadvertently to their autistic clients, having experienced the dangers of prolonged masking.