Peer-Mediated Instruction and Intervention
As a former special education teacher in inclusive schools, I realize the importance of social interactions for students with disabilities, and I also know that it is important for these interactions to be taught and facilitated.
A Systematic Empirical Literature Review
Together with Dr. Ann Mastergeorge, I completed a literature review on this topic, entitled "A Systematic Empirical Review of Peer-Mediated Instruction and Intervention: Applications and Implications for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders". This manuscript has been accepted for publication in the journal, Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. Completing this review was an important learning experience for me for the following reasons: I learned a new process for conducting and documenting a systematic review, I worked with another graduate student to conduct inter-rater agreement scoring, I presented my findings in a poster session, and I submitted it for publication.
Poster Presentation- Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting 2015
With Dr. Mastergeorge's support, I submitted a proposal to present the findings of the literature review at the Society for Research in Child Development's Biennial meeting in Philadelphia in March 2015. The proposal was accepted, and I was thrilled to travel to the conference. This was an important learning experience for me because it was my first poster presentation. I brought handouts to provide to those who visited my poster, and I really enjoyed talking with the attendees about our findings. Below, I have included the poster, as well as the handout that I distributed at the conference as attendees visited my poster.