Debra Rabin has more than thirty years of experience as a pediatric occupational therapist, working with children of all ages and in many venues, including schools, Infant-Toddler Programs, NICU and acute care hospitals, as well as directly in homes. She has been in private practice for more than 15 years, working with children in the Early Intervention population and primarily focusing on children with eating and feeding challenges. She has a bachelor’s degree and an advanced master’s degree in occupational therapy from San Jose State University, a certificate in Lactation Education and Consultation from UCLA, and the California Board of Occupational Thearapy Advanced Practice Certification in Swallowing. Among other techniques, she uses the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, Marsha Dunn Klein’s ‘Get Permission’ approach, and RMT. Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility is an important component of Debra’s approach for teaching parents how to devise an individualized approach to feeding children with respect.
Debra has been married for more than three decades and is the proud mother of three young adults. Debra is proud to be a second generation Californian. In her spare time, Debra is a skilled, spontaneous and creative cook. She bakes bread weekly and enjoys integrating into her menus vegetables and herbs just harvested from her organic container garden.