Siskin Children’s Institute announces Deidra Love as the new Director of Home and Community-Based Early Intervention.
Ms. Love earned her master’s degree in early childhood special education from UTC, as well as undergraduate degrees in education and English from Carson Newman University. She brings more than 18 years of experience in the early intervention field as a teacher, home visitor and behavior specialist/consultant.
Ms. Love has focused additional study and professional work in the fields of autism, challenging behavior and inclusion. She has provided training and workshops for preschool teachers and early intervention professionals across the state. Additionally, she is the mother of four children and is passionate about supporting the developmental therapists on her team who, in turn, help families and caregivers build their skills and confidence as capable teachers of their own children.
“I am very grateful and excited to join this team as director of the Home and Community-based Early Intervention Program here at Siskin Children’s Institute. The work of home visitors is so important, as we strive to increase children’s progress and growth by building on the strengths and supporting the needs of their families. I look forward to investing in and leading our dedicated and skilled group of home visitors here at Siskin, as well as expanding our program to reach more children and families in the Chattanooga community and surrounding counties.”