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Deborah Sussman, PhD - Fielding Graduate University. New York, NY, US

Deborah Sussman, PhD Deborah Sussman, PhD

Adjunct Faculty - School of Leadership Studies | Fielding Graduate University

New York, NY, UNITED STATES

Early Infant and Child Development

Biography

Deborah Sussman, PhD, has been working with adults and children for over thirty years as a practicing Occupational Therapist. Her interest is in supporting the emotions and regulation of caregivers and children during functional activities. She is certified in the Sensory Integration Praxis Test and specializes in sensory processing disorders and parent-child interactions.

Dr. Sussman provides educational programs to parents, educators and therapists. She is a certified DIR/Floortime Expert Trainer Leader through the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders. She graduated from Boston University, Sargent College in 1981 and received her PhD at Fielding Graduate University IECD program in 2016.

Dr. Sussman is the owner of Debbie’s Playce, located outside New York City, in Rockland County. Debbie’s Playce is a center that offers full support to caregivers and children with neurodevelopmental challenges in functioning with daily life.

She enjoys gardening, knitting, exercise, and music.

Industry Expertise (5)

Training and Development Professional Training and Coaching Mental Health Care Program Development Education/Learning

Areas of Expertise (5)

Observational Assessment Treatment Development and Function Coaching and Mentoring Teaching

Accomplishments (2)

Therapist of the Year (professional)

(2008) Rockland Institute for Special Education

Certificate of Achievement (professional)

(2008) County of Rockland, New York

Education (2)

Fielding Graduate University: PhD, Infant and Early Childhood Development 2016

Emphasis: Mental Health and Development Disorders

Boston University, Sargent College: BS 1981

Affiliations (2)

  • American Occupational Therapy Association : Member
  • Interdisciplinary Council for Developmental and Learning Disorders : Member

Event Appearances (4)

What is a disability and what is developmental?

(2010-2016) Workshop for Parents and Schools  Various

Sensory Integration for Professionals

(2013-2016) Professional Seminars  Various

Sensory Integration in the Classroom

(2005-2016) Educator Seminars  Various

DIR Floortime Developmental Individual Relationship

(2012-2015) Introductory, on-line and face-to-face courses in Developmental Individual Relationship  Various

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