Deborah received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University and Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (major) and Education (minor) from New York University. She has been part of the S.P.O.T.S. team since 2008 conducting individual and group sessions. She has provided occupational therapy in a variety of general education and special-needs school settings and lead S.P.O.T.S.’ specialized summer camps for children with sensory-regulatory differences.
Deborah understands and provides families with consultations on developing strategies for a more fulfilled, joyous, and productive home and community life for children. Currently, she provides occupational therapy intervention at the Brooklyn office, and she is part of S.P.O.T.S.’ evaluation team. She has received specialty certification and training in sensory integration-regulatory processing dysfunction, reflex integration, Neuro-Developmental Treatment for babies, Handwriting Without Tears, Brain Gym 101, and Social Thinking.
Deborah is a supervisor at S.P.O.T.S. for graduate university students for both a level one and level two fieldwork/internship education. She helps volunteers fulfill university requirements for advanced degree applications. Besides being warm, easy to talk to, and user-friendly, Deborah is instrumental in the administrative organization which allows S.P.O.T.S. to offer CEU’s and Contact Hours through an annual conference for continuing-education credit for teachers and therapists.
Deborah lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being involved in her church community, traveling, and reading.
What do you like about being an OT?
“I am passionate about learning about our children’s behaviors and their relationships with others. Each child has an interesting story to tell, and I am thankful to be a part of it. It is fascinating to discover our children’s hearts, explore their gifts, and witness how their gifts help them to function every day. What makes me excited to work at SPOTS is being part of a unified team and using creative methods to help children achieve their goals. I am thankful to have the opportunity to understand and teach children and their families to accept each other. Also, I am thankful that I can use my knowledge and experience not for myself but for others to simply enjoy their daily lives.”
Deborah can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org