Debra Johnson, MS, OTR/L
Founder and director of the clinic, Debra received her OT degree from University of Illinois at Chicago in 1989 and her masters degree in Rehabilitation Services Administration from DePaul University in 1999. Debra’s background includes extensive experience in neurological and pediatric rehabilitation with a special interest in sensory processing disorder and related conditions. She is Level 1 Mentorship trained through the SPD Foundation/STAR Center and is certified in SIPT Administration (Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests), Therapeutic Listening™, Interactive Metronome™, and Handwriting Without Tears™. Debra has been providing educational and training programs to professionals and families for over 20 years and enjoys working in the community as an advocate. She takes pride in providing families with understanding, resources and support that empower success. Debra provides assessment, treatment, consultation and educational programs through STEPS for Kids. She is also an instructor with Summit Professional Education, providing continuing education courses on the topic of sensory processing and behaviors.
Amy McDowell, MS, SLP/L-CCC
Amy joined STEPS for Kids in 2014 as a speech-language pathologist. She received her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders from Augustana College and was awarded her masters in Speech-Language Pathology from Southern Illinois University in 2013. Amy has experience working with children from infancy through adolescence in a variety of settings, including outpatient clinics, schools, hospitals and in-home early intervention. She has special interest in language and literacy skills and enjoys being part of an interdisciplinary team to support families and children.
Laura Kaczmarek, Office Manager
Laura joined the staff at STEPS for Kids in 2014. She is in the office daily to schedule clients, assist with the intake process, answer questions about administrative aspects of client care and keep the office running smoothly. Laura’s background includes medical coding/billing and medical office management.