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This session is intended for early intervention providers who partner with families to support the communication development of young children with disabilities. The objectives are to increase understanding of:


  • The importance of involving caregivers in their children communication intervention program
  • The process of coaching caregivers of young children with disabilities
  • The use of shared book reading context to create communication teaching opportunities
  • The use of naturalistic strategies for enhancing communication of young children with disabilities


Presenters: Yusuf Akamoglu, PhD, and Hedda Meadan, PhD, BCBA-D

Hedda Meadan, PhD, BCBA-D, is a Goldstick Family Scholar, University Scholar, and an associate professor at the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her areas of interest include collaborating with and coaching families, social-communication skills and challenging behavior of young children with disabilities, and intervention methods to enhance these areas of research.


Yusuf Akamoglu, PhD, is a Goldstick Family Fellow and a research scholar at the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research and scholarship area include (a) parent-implemented language and communication interventions with young children with autism spectrum disorder, (b) parent training and coaching to implement intervention strategies with high fidelity, and (c) supporting children’s language development, communication skills, and acquisition of early literacy skills.

Storybook Reading is Fun

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