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Dathan Rush, EdD, CCC-SLP - drush@sheldenandrush.org


Dr. Rush is the Director of the Family, Infant and Preschool Program (FIPP) in Morganton, NorthCarolina. He received his Master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Oklahoma State University and his doctoral degree in child and family studies from Nova Southeastern University. He has served as an early intervention provider in Oklahoma as well as Assistant Director of the early intervention program for the Oklahoma State Department of Health, and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dathan served as a member of the teaming strand for the revision of the DEC Recommended Practices in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education.

M'Lisa Shelden, PT, PhD  -  mshelden@sheldenandrush.org


Dr. Shelden is the Chair and Program Director of the Department of Physical Therapy at Wichita State University. She received her degrees in physical therapy and early childhood special education from the University of Oklahoma. M’Lisa is a graduate Fellow of the ZERO TO THREE National Center for Infants, Toddlers. She has worked in the field of early intervention for almost 30 years. She served as the Chair of the Teaming Strand for the most revision of the DEC Recommended Practices in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education. She has coauthored several texts, including Physical Therapy under IDEA, Coaching Families and Colleagues in Early Childhood Intervention, as well as The Early Childhood Coaching Handbook, and The Early Intervention Teaming Handbook: The Primary Service Provider Approach.

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