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Siskin Center for Child and Family Research to Focus on Early Childhood Development and Special Education
Date:12/3/2008

ters where children with and without disabilities -- ages six weeks to six years -- learn together in an inclusive setting. In addition to natural environments in various communities, researchers conduct studies within these preschool classrooms that offer a "living laboratory" to gain additional knowledge and understanding. Immediate access to children in an education environment is one of the unique characteristics of the new research center.

Dr. Robin McWilliam's move to the Institute makes the organization the national center of the Early Intervention in Natural Environments approach and child engagement research -- concepts for which Dr. William is considered the world's leading expert. He and Dr. Casey are becoming known as experts regarding research focused on improving the quality of instruction through teacher feedback. Dr. McWilliam is currently studying ways to improve individualized family service plans, and Dr. Casey is studying ways preschool teachers' perceptions of the feedback they receive.

Although the research center is a new initiative for the Institute, it is not the first time the organization has engaged in primary research. Tom Buggey, Ph.D., has conducted research at the Institute for two years as the Siskin Endowed Chair of Excellence in Early Childhood Special Education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is a leading expert in video self-modeling (VSM), a technique used to promote positive behavior changes in children. Dr. Buggey currently conducts studies related to VSM and its effects on the ability of children with autism to improve language and social skills.

About Robin McWilliam, Ph.D.

Dr. Robin McWilliam is the new Siskin Endowed Chair of Research in Early Childhood Education, Development and Intervention and the Director of the Siskin Center for Child and Family Research. He joins the Institute from Vanderbilt University'/>"/>

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