Debra is a California State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and holds a clear credential in speech-language pathology services. She also maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), from which she received an Award for Continuing Education (ACE) in 2013. Debra received her M.A. in Communicative Disorders from California State University. Fullerton. She is PROMPT trained and has pursued extensive instruction over the years in the area social thinking.
For nearly 15 years, Debra has worked with children on the autism spectrum. She also has 10 years of clinical experience working with individuals who have articulation, phonological, language, fluency, and/or voice disorders. She has three peer-reviewed journal publications, including a paper on communication-based treatments for autism; and she has had two of her blog entries regarding autism spectrum disorders included on ASHA’s official blog, ASHASphere. In addition, Debra has worked as a part-time faculty member at CSUF, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses on communicative disorders. Last, she owns a small private practice providing in-home speech therapy, language intervention, and community-based “social coaching.”
At the Prentice School, Debra serves as one of two speech and language pathologists providing diagnostic and treatment services for students with communication disorders. She also teaches social thinking groups for students with social pragmatic deficits. Debra maintains ongoing collaboration with teachers and instructional assistants in order to align therapy with classroom curriculum and facilitate generalization of communication skills to the classroom environment. Further, she supervises a speech language pathology assistant (SLPA) who provides push-in language support for Prentice students and fosters social thinking in the classroom and on the playground.