We have a new Featured Professional to introduce you to! Debra works with kids with special needs and graciously answered a few questions.
Fun and Function: Who are you and what is your profession?
Debra Blatt: Name: I am Debra Blatt, and I'm a Speech Language Pathologist.
FF: What company do you work with?
DB: A developmental preschool.
FF: What is Nature of special needs you work with the most?
DB: Children with autism spectrum disorders, some different types of syndromes, apraxia, feeding/eating difficulties, and just regular 'ole delays.
FF: What would you say is your biggest challenge in working with children with special needs?
DB: Paperwork! But, trying to justify the need for services is frustrating.
FF: What is the greatest joy in your job?
DB: Seeing the progress. It's a natural high! It's amazing.
FF: What has been the greatest help to you in your profession?
DB: Finding other people in the field and sharing knowledge. I love to exchange ideas.
FF: Give us one tool you would hate to live without?
DB: Bubbles or my ngbb caribo game that I put "speech" words on.
FF: If you could give one piece of advice to a parent who's child has just been diagnosed, what would it be?
DB: Find other parents! Join a group. You won't always feel so alone.
Debra, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us and all the readers here at Fun and Function.
If you would like to be a featured parent or professional, just let us know!