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Debbie is an undergraduate of St. John's University where she received her BA in Speech Pathology in 1999, and is a graduate of Long Island University-CW Post Campus, where she received a Master of Arts in Speech Pathology in 2001. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by the state of New York to practice speech-language pathology.
Debbie has had 12 years experience as a speech pathologist in the New York City area and has been in private practice for 6 years. She is also a PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) trained therapist and has extensive knowledge and practice in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). Other treatment methods include Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to behavioral feeding. She has worked with countless clients and patients; providing detailed evaluations and treatment plans, as well as collaborating with other therapists in a team approach. She is also the co-founder of Gift of Gab Resources. Debbie has co-authored the chapter on 'Feeding & Language Strategies for Mealtime' in the latest version of "Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism”. She co-writes monthly blogs for Big City Moms and MommyBites and provides speech and language workshops for families and professionals throughout New York City.
During her career, Debbie has treated both children and adults with a variety of conditions and disorders including:
Apraxia of Speech
Articulation and Phonological Disorders
Auditory Processing Disorders
Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
Expressive Language Delays
Genetic Conditions: Chromosomal Micro-deletions, deletions, and inversions
Oral Motor delays and weakness
Receptive Language Delays
Pediatric Feeding & Swallowing & Behavioral Feeding Management
Traumatic Brain Injury