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
Areas of Expertise (5)
Development and Function
Coaching and Mentoring
Therapist of the Year (professional)
(2008) Rockland Institute for Special Education
Certificate of Achievement (professional)
(2008) County of Rockland, New York
Fielding Graduate University: PhD, Infant and Early Childhood Development 2016
Emphasis: Mental Health and Development Disorders
Boston University, Sargent College: BS 1982
Sargent College of Allied Health, Occupational Therapy
- American Occupational Therapy Association : Member
- Interdisciplinary Council for Developmental and Learning Disorders : Member
Event Appearances (4)
What is a disability and what is developmental?
(2010-2020) Workshop for Parents and Schools Various
Sensory Integration for Professionals
(2013-2020) Professional Seminars Various
Sensory Integration in the Classroom
(2005-2020) Educator Seminars Various
DIR Floortime Developmental Individual Relationship
(2012-present) Introductory, online and face-to-face courses in Developmental Individual Relationship Various