Bobbi Wydeen is a Service Coordinator with Developmental Connections. With a caseload of 42 people, Bobbie provides a link to services and advocates strongly on behalf of her clients.
How many years have you served people with developmental disabilities?
I have worked with individuals with developmental disabilities for over 25 years. In Illinois before my family moved to Branson in 2007, I taught preschool at an integrated child care center who partnered with the Special Education District of Lake County (IL) known as SEDOL. The SEDOL Preschool Iternerant Team consisting of an early childhood special education teacher, speech therapist, PT, and OT would work within the preschool classrooms. It was a great collaboration- the identified children received their services and the unidentified children also reaped the benefits.
What is the biggest challenge you face in your position?
The biggest challenge is how to juggle all the different balls and keep all 42 families on my caseload happy and with the services they need.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
The most rewarding aspect of my job is seeing an individual flourish after spending a great deal of time, energy, and persistence to get the services, care, or equipment for that individual.
What is the one thing you want people to know about Developmental Connections ?
It is a great organization in Taney County that empowers individuals with developmental disabilities who might not have the chance otherwise.
What is one way in which our community can help foster the mission of Developmental Connections?
The community folks can volunteer for Developmental Connections. Business leaders could step up and employ our individuals for simple jobs at their business. Our faith community could volunteer or be a natural support for our individuals.
How are you personally touched by the work you do?
I am blessed when a family shows gratitude and thanks for my hard work.