"As a an itinerant physical therapist, I am always looking to solve a problem and I need durable, quick easy-to-use solutions. I'm generally looking for items that are portable or items to suggest for home or school use. I'm also looking for items that are multi purposeful such as a balance board that may double as a jumping platform. Or a swing that may encourage dynamic standing balance reactions. I love to combine items too, such as using floor spots with a balance board and a climbing ladder. Items need to be bright, functional and engage my kids to move!"
"As a pediatric occupational therapist working with young children at home and in school, I look for fun things that are therapeutic and will help us reach our goals -- without the children even realizing that we are working! Many of the children have an "attention" goal so I look for engaging items that will help work on their attention. In addition, I need sensory items that address the various behavioral difficulties that are caused by sensory issues such as anxiety and aggression, so the children can focus at home and in school. Lastly,as a traveling therapist, I need things that are lightweight, portable, durable and easy to clean so I can use them anywhere and everywhere."
"All of my expertise as an occupational therapist goes into Fun and Function and our products. Improving the lives of kids with special needs is our driving mission. Our goal is to have each product make a real developmental and therapeutic difference. We design, innovate, and iterate with our experienced team of clinicians. We also reach out to the therapy and school community, to parents and to kids, for feedback as well as inspiration."
If you can dream it, Debbie can find a way to build it! Debbie is an expert in producing therapy tools and toys that meet our high standards for quality, safety, fun and function. She brings to life our vision for unique products in every category, from games to clothing, educational toys to therapy equipment. Debbie has also identified local artisans who craft with fine wood, expanding the range of products we produce in the USA. A published artist and author, Debbie guides a growing family, including many of our favorite product-testers! In fact, Debbie's grandchildren are always asking her to “invent” new things for them to try out!