Funded Projects

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The Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families & Schools is an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

School Psychology Specialization in Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Project Information

Principal Investigator: Gina Kunz
Co-Principal Investigator: Terri Mathews, Susan Sheridan
Funding Agency: ED/OSEP
Award Date:
Theme: Early Education & Development
Project URL: N/A

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This project’s purpose is to increase the number of school psychologists qualified in delivering comprehensive services to toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) through a specialized training program.  The program will deliver a curriculum focused on knowledge and skills in assessment and diagnosis of ASD; delivery of intensive early intervention (IEI) services; and consultation in parent instruction and transition services to the preschool setting. The expected outcome is an increase in personnel that are highly qualified to provide comprehensive assessment and clinical services, and deliver consultative services within the educational system to improve functional outcomes for toddlers with ASD.

The project design will support the development of product and services through a collaborative effort between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) school psychology program and the Munroe Meyer Institute (MMI). The UNL school psychology program is highly respected in producing students to practice in educational and medical settings, while MMI serves a substantial number of toddlers with ASD. Highly qualified faculty at UNL and MMI will instruct and monitor the trainees’ acquisition of knowledge and delivery of direct and consultative services. The outcomes will be measured through monitoring of trainee competencies, toddlers’ progress in functioning and social validity measures.