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School Psychology Specialization in Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Research Team

Name Name

Principal Investigator: Edward Daly

Co-Principal Investigators: Therese Mathews, Gina Kunz

Funding Information

Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education—Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

Award Date: Jan 1, 2015

End Date: Dec 31, 2020


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.

Social, Emotional and Behavioral Well-being, Early Childhood Education and Development, Academic Intervention & Learning