Speech-Language Pathologist

M.Sc., Reg. CASLPO

Rachel Pond is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and a member of The Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).

Rachel received her Master of Science from McMaster University in Speech-Language Pathology in 2019. Rachel was honoured with the Citizenship award for her leadership in the Speech-Language Pathology program at McMaster in 2018.

Rachel graduated from the University of Guelph in 2014 with her Honours in Psychology and with a Minor in Family and Children Studies. Further, she attended Georgian College in 2015 receiving a Communicative Disorders Assistant Ontario College Graduate Certificate. Prior to entering Speech-Language Pathology studies at McMaster, Rachel worked for several years as a Communicative Disorders Assistant with children with a variety of communication needs including articulation, expressive and receptive language, and autism spectrum disorder.

Rachel is experienced liaising with “parents as partners” in the therapy process. She is passionate about collaborating with parents, teachers and other community care providers to provide coordinated services and to ensure meaningful and functional outcomes.

Rachel is dedicated to the assessment and treatment of children and adults with a range of communication needs. Rachel has a special interest in stroke/aphasia rehabilitation, social communication, augmentative and alternative communication / technology, pre-school and school-age language and literacy, articulation/apraxia, and autism spectrum disorder.

Rachel loves volunteering to help put smiles on people’s faces! She has volunteered with the Down Syndrome Association and cofounded a charity campaign called Voiceless for Victor at Georgian College where she collaborated and lead team members in raising funds to support the Able Kids Rehab Clinic in Malawi, Africa. Rachel was also a graduate student ambassador at McMaster University. Rachel loves travelling, finding new places to hike, cycling and yoga.