About Deb and Jennifer

Deb Berrang has been working with families and children affected by a variety of developmental disabilities since 1990, in a variety of school and home settings. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in the Education of Exceptional Children from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Early Childhood Education from Georgia College and State University. She has held certification in Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary Education: Pre-Kindergarden through 6th grade, Learning Disabilities, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, and Cognitive Disabilities, and has worked with children and young adults ages 2—26.

In 2006, Deb went to half-time teaching to pursue RDI® certification. In 2007 she opened Dynamic Connections, LLC and began offering consultation services relating to Autism Spectrum Disorders and similar learning differences to families and school districts. In 2008 she became fully certified as an RDI® Program Consultant, and left the teaching field to pursue her work as a consultant full time.

Deb believes in a comprehensive approach to working with children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and similar learning differences. She believes individuals affected by these types of disorders deserve to have the highest quality of life possible, and is dedicated to helping them and their families achieve their goals.

Because Deb is willing and able to travel in her position as an RDI® Program Certified Consultant, she serves clients locally, nationally and internationally.

Jennifer Lemke-Pawlak is a certified teacher and parent of three children with learning differences, including a child with autism.  She has a Master’s Degree in Language Acquisition and Pedagogy.  Jennifer has been teaching students of varying abilities in regular education classrooms (middle school through college level) since fall 2000.  She has experience with both traditional and online education.

Her RDI® journey began as a parent who was looking for new ways to address the social and communication needs of her child with autism.  Jennifer started using RDI® with her family in 2008 and decided to pursue RDI® certification herself in 2015.

Jennifer believes that every parent has what it takes to help his or her child with autism and other learning differences reach their potential.  She is excited to partner with families to help individuals affected by these types of disorders to achieve the highest possible quality of life.

RDI® Certified Consultants

As Certified RDI® Program Consultants, Deb and Jennifer have gone through extensive training provided by Connections Center, including a lengthy supervision process. Like all RDI® certified consultants, Deb and Jennifer continue to meet requirements for re-certification on a yearly basis.

For more information on the certification process, or to apply to become a Certified RDI® Program Consultant, please visit the RDI® Program for Professionals page at the Connections Center website.

Autism Therapy, RDI Relationship Development Intervention, and Consulting