At the Center for Neurodiverse Development, we believe that every child has a unique profile with strengths that can be harnessed to support relative weaknesses.
Deborah has more than twenty-five years’ experience in pediatrics and sensory integration. As the clinical director of the Astra Center for Neurodiverse Development, she conducts classes and workshops for parents and professionals and has presented at local, regional and national conferences. Deborah is also a Training Leader and Expert DIR® Floortime™ provider for the ICDL (Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning. Deborah holds a Certificate in Infant Parent Mental Health and is certified in Sensory Integration. She consults to schools, works with children and families and serves as a mentor for professionals. She is the 2008 recipient of the Margaret I. Bauman award for outstanding therapy provider.
As an instructor at the Astra Foundation, Sarah conducts DIR®-based workshops and courses for both professionals and parents and has presented at local and regional conferences. She has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, is an Expert Training Leader and has a DIR® Floortime™ certificate from the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL).
For over twenty years, as part of her work for Astra, she has co-taught a DIR course offered through Lesley University. She has also worked extensively with families and trained staff at several Early Intervention Centers. During the last fifteen summers she has trained Instructors at AccesSportAmerica to incorporate DIR principles into high challenge, adaptive water sports. Sarah has also worked internationally, making seven trips to support the staff of a Salvadoran orphanage, carried out DIR training in Scotland and volunteered at a kindergarten in Palestine.
As a private consultant she has spent decades working with individual families and with public schools (Cambridge, Lowell, Carlisle, and Haverhill) in support of their autism spectrum programs.
She has been variously described as a Floortimer, child psychotherapist, play-therapist, behaviorist, and educator. In every setting, her work is guided by her desire to support and expand the quality of a child’s relationships and to encourage rich, meaningful interactions that foster growth.
Pam joined Astra Foundation as Office Manager in 2006. Her primary responsibilities include maintaining the database of students, preparing course materials, registering course participants, and keeping the office stocked and running smoothly. She also administers the Astra web site. In addition to her work at Astra, Pam worked for AccesSportAmerica, an organization that inspires children and adults with disabilities through high-challenge sports and training for about 18 years. She now works at the local high school and has started a concierge business on Martha's Vineyard during the summers. Her prior experience includes overseeing a private business club at the World Trade Center and serving as Conference Manager at Brandeis University. Pam lives in Acton with her husband Charlie and two sons.