Dathan Rush, MA, CC-SLP

Dathan is the Associate Director of the Family, Infant and Preschool Program (FIPP) at the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center in Morganton, North Carolina. Prior to his work at FIPP, Dathan was clinical assistant professor and personnel development consultant in the Lee Mitchener Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. In this capacity, he consulted with various state agencies and programs related to individual, team and organizational development. He has a master's degree in speech-language pathology and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dathan served as a co-developer and Director of the Oklahoma Statewide Training and Regional Support (STARS) personnel development program. He also developed a child care training contract within the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services entitled TIC-TOC Training: Training Inclusive Child Care = Terrific Opportunities for Children. He served as Assistant Director of the Oklahoma SoonerStart Early Intervention Program at the State Department of Health from 1992-1999. He was also an Editorial Board Member of Infants and Young Children from 1994 to 2001, and has published articles in the area of inservice training and teaming in early intervention. He is past president and former executive council member of the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dathan has presented numerous workshops statewide and nationally on topics related to team-building, primary service provider as coach, training of trainers, coaching, and supporting children and families in natural environments. He is co-author of the book, Coaching Families and Colleagues in Early Childhood published in 2005.

Dathan's natural settings include spending quiet time at home with his wife Sarah; "treasure hunting" at antique shops, malls, flea markets, and country auctions; church activities; exploring new destinations in his adopted home state of North Carolina; spending time at the beach; and working in his office at FIPP.