Speech Therapy Department

Staff Bios


Jacqueline Rampersad M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Name: Jacqueline V. Rampersad
Occupation: Director, Speech and Language Pathology
iHOPE Email: Jaqueline.iHOPENYC@gmail.com
Bio: Jacqueline V. Rampersad graduated from Columbia University with a Masters of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. At Columbia University, Jacqueline studied under Dr. Lois Bloom (one of the foremost researchers in language acquisition). She also studied extensively under Dr. Nelson Moses, where she conducted research on procedural knowledge and problem solving strategies with the blind and multiply handicapped populations. Jacqueline is a highly qualified speech language pathologist. She is a nationally certified member of The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), with a Certificate of Clinical Competence. She is a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist as well as a Certified Speech Language Pathologist Service Provider for Early Intervention. Jacqueline has extensive experience in various areas of the speech, language and hearing disorders/mechanisms including Apraxia, Articulation, Attention Deficit, Auditory Processing, Augmentative Communication, Developmental Delays, Neurogenic Disorders, and Sensory, Social and Behavioral Deficiencies. Jacqueline also has extensive knowledge of rare disorders, including: Leigh’s Disease, Trisome 9, Angelman’s Syndrome, Velocardiofacial Syndrome, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Syndrome.

Jacqueline has spent 15 years working at various sites in New York from pre-mature pediatric feeding evaluations to geriatric swallow. She has also facilitated language intervention across all age groups. Jacqueline has worked with children and adults with Cerebral Palsy creating language and feeding goals. Jacqueline has worked with pediatric and geriatric Autistic and Down’s Syndrome populations. Jacqueline has also worked with the blind and multiply impaired populations and has created and implemented unique therapy materials to facilitate their goals. In addition to working at iHOPE, Jacqueline continues her professional growth in one of her areas of expertise as a Speech and Language – as well as motor and sensory based – feeding evaluator for public institutions such as the Committee on Preschool Education as well as the Early Intervention Program. Jacqueline has participated in various research projects including: Complex Language in Typically Achieving Children, Constructing (In)Competence from the Perspective of Critical Diversity and Bilingual Education, and The Discovery Program for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Learning through Problem Solving. Additionally, Jacqueline is currently researching Intentionality and Play in Children with Traumatic Brain Injury. Jacqueline’s dedication and passion for helping children and their families, coupled with her unbridled enthusiasm for working with them has led to tremendous success for the people she has served. Jacqueline’s determination and dedication to her work has led her to implement evidence-based strategies and successful cottage industries for children with special needs, moving them towards more independence. While Jacqueline has traveled the world, from back packing in the Sahara Desert to climbing the High Atlas Mountains, New York is now her home. Jacqueline’s special interests outside of work include gardening, flying in Ultra-light Motors, traveling, and being a proud mother to her two young sons.
Family Origin: Trinidad, West Indies


 Jessica Kastebaum, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Jessica Kastebaum, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Name: Jessica Kastenbaum
Occupation: Speech and Language Pathologist
iHOPE Email: Jessie.iHOPENYC@gmail.com
Bio: Jessica Kastenbaum, MS, CF-SLP, TSSLD, earned her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Vassar College. Before coming to iHope, Jessica provided evaluations and treatment for adults, preschool children, and school-age children with a variety of voice, speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston, MA. Jessica also has experience working with adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, language-based learning disabilities, and complex communication needs through her work at Brookline High School in Brookline, MA. She has worked at Spaulding Outpatient Center in Medford, MA, where she provided assessments and treatment for adults with aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and neurodegenerative diseases. Jessica has presented her research on bilingual lexical access at national and international conferences, including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention and the International Symposium of Psycholinguistics.
Family Origin: American