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The idea of DreamShip materialized from the coffeehouse discussions of two moms sharing their parenting woes over a warm cup of coffee. Parenting is tough work! We understand the stressors of being a working parent and both have personally experienced the stressors of parenting a child with developmental delays. We have experienced how cumbersome the process of identifying and evaluating a disability can be, securing a provider, and undergoing treatment and therapy for said delays. As involved parents, that have devoted their careers to supporting positive youth development and to educating and providing therapy to those children that need specialized services, we struggled through this process. If we struggled, surely other parents were struggling as well and were looking for additional support.
Through this journey we have discovered that our children’s growth and development does not end when we leave the doctor’s office. We have learned that meeting the needs of our own children involves continuous advocacy, purposeful skill development, and constant evaluation. Our families have had to change family routines, integrate more purposeful learning activities at home, and integrate the treatment objectives into the everyday lives of our entire families.
We discovered that the northwoods of Wisconsin has limited resources available for families that have children that are experiencing developmental delays. When we sought out additional development and enrichment opportunities for our own young children to support their learning, we found ourselves driving long distances to find the activities we were seeking. The youth of our community need a place for ALL kids to learn and grow.
It is through these personal experiences as parents of both typically and non-typically developing children that we decided to create DreamShip, a pediatric therapy center focused on skill development at each stage of childhood development.
CEO of Business Operations
Deanna received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She then went on to get her Master of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture.
With nearly 9 years of experience as the director of nonprofits in Barron County, Deanna brings to DreamShip her awareness of Barron County and surrounding communities' needs. She understands the troubles youth are facing in our community and the many services that are currently available and/or lacking to serve these youth. Deanna serves as DreamShip’s Director of Business Development.
CEO of Clinical Operations MS, BCBA
Sara received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She went on to obtain her Masters in Behavioral Analysis from the University of North Texas-Denton. For more than 15 years, Sara has worked as a Licensed and Certified Behavior Analyst working with schools, families, and individuals ranging from 2 to 20 years old affected by autism and related disabilities through intensive ABA treatment.
Sara’s experience with applying Behavior Analytic treatment includes parent training courses and supervised visits for families separated by Child Protective Services, school-based intervention for students diagnosed with Emotional Disturbance Disorder (ED); In-home play-based therapy and ABA services provided to children with autism; parent training workshops in ABA principles to assist their child in developing language, self-help skills (e.g. potty training, washing hands, brushing teeth, dressing, bedtime routine) and the reduction of maladaptive or challenging behavior patterns.
Senior Clinic Supervisor
Caroline received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from University of Iowa in 2010. She continued her education at Florida Institute of Technology and taking classes to obtain her Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Certificate. Her focus has been working with schools, families, and individuals ranging from 2 to 20 years old affected by autism and related disabilities through intensive ABA treatment in a clinic setting.
Caroline has spent her career in clinics teaching skills and then working with caregivers and teachers to generalize to other environments. Experiences include play-based therapy and ABA services provided to children with autism; parent training workshops in ABA principles to assist their child in developing language, self-help skills (e.g. potty training, washing hands, brushing teeth, dressing, bedtime routine), reduction of maladaptive or challenging behavior patterns, and communication training (verbal, sign language, PECS, and augmented devices).