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Key Professional Appointments

Professor Special Education, University of Illinois, 1992 - present

Associate Professor Special Education, University of Illinois, 1987 - 1992

Assistant Professor Special Education, University of Illinois, 1985 - 1987

Assistant Professor Special Education & Communication Disorders, Pennsylvania State University, 1980 - 1984

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Education

Ph.D., Developmental & Child Psychology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, 1980

M.S., Human Development, University of Kansas, Lawrence, 1978

M.S.W., Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1973

B.B.A., Business, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1970

Research & Service

For more than 35 years I have been involved in research related to communication and language development of children with disabilities.This program of research has focused on examining both social communication of young children with significant intellectual disability, and the ecological factors that facilitate and discourage communicative growth. I have also worked on developing interventions to encourage more effective and efficient communication by these children.

Recent projects include assessing current dictionaries of prelinguistic forms used by children with severe disabilities to communicate and the functions (e.g., request, protest, comment) these forms serve for the children. In addition, I am interested in investigating the effects of listener (un)responsiveness on the dictionary of forms. An especially interesting area of inquiry is communicative repair. For many of the children with whom I work, their signals are ambiguous and listeners often misunderstand their intent. A major focus of investigation is how do these children "repair" their communicative acts when their first effort is misunderstood? We have found that often they engage in challenging behavior as a repair strategy, because such behavior recruits the attention of adults or results in the intended outcome. Our effort is to teach alternative means of repair that serve the same function and do so more efficiently and effectively than their current forms.

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Publications

Drasgow, E., Lowrey, K., Qian, Y., Halle, J., & Meadan, H. (2008) Social competence interventions for young children with severe disabilities. Social competence of young children: Risk, disability, and intervention Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co: Baltimore, MD

Drasgow, E., Sigafoos, J., Halle, J., & Martin, C. (2008) Teaching mands. Language and autism: Applied behavior analysis, evidence, and practice Pro-Ed: Austin, TX

Drasgow, E., Yell, M., & Halle, J. (2008) Applied behavior analysis. Evidence-based practices for educating students with emotional and behavioral disorders Pearson Education, Inc: NJ

Dymond, S., Renzaglia, A., Halle, J., Chadsey, J., & Bentz, J. (2008) An Evaluation of videoconferencing as a supportive technology for practicum supervision Teacher Education and Special Education 31 (4), 243-256

Halle, J., & Meadan, H. (2008) A Protocol for Assessing Early Communication of Young Children With Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Topics in Early Childhood Special Education 27, 49-61

Meadan, H., Halle, J., Ostrosky, M., & DeStefano, L. (2008) Communicative behavior in the natural environment: Case studies of two young children with Autism and limited expressive language Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities 23 (1), 37-48

Meadan, H., Halle, J., Watkins, R., & Chadsey, J. (2006) Examining communication repairs of two young children with autism spectrum disorder: The influence of the environment American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 15, 57-71

Halle, J., Ostrosky, M., & Hemmeter, M. (2006) Functional communication training. Treatment of language disorders in children: Conventional and controversial treatments Brookes Publishing: Baltimore

Halle, J., Bambara, L., & Reichle, J. (2005) Teaching alternative skills. Individualized supports for students with problem behaviors Guilford: New York

Horner, R., Carr, E., Halle, J., McGee, G., Odom, S., & Wolery, M. (2005) The use of single-subject research to identify evidence-based practice in special education Exceptional Children 71, 165-179

Brady, N., & Halle, J. (2002) Communicative repair and augmentative and alternative communication. Exemplary practices for beginning communicators: Implications for AAC Paul H. Brookes: Baltimore, MD

Carey, Y., & Halle, J. (2002) The effects of an idiosyncratic stimulus on self-injurious behavior during task demands Education and Treatment of Children 25, 131-141

Drasgow, E., Halle, J., & Phillips, B. (2001) Effects of different social partners on the discriminated requesting of a young child with autism and severe language delays Research in Developmental Disabilities 22, 125-139

Halle, J., Gabler-Halle, D., & Chung, Y. (1999) Effects of a peer-mediated aerobic conditioning program on fitness of youth mental retardation: Two systematic replications Mental Retardation 37, 435-448

Dymond, S., Renzaglia, A., Halle, J., Chadsey, J., & Bentz, J.. An Evaluation of Videoconferencing as a Supportive Technology for Practicum Supervision Teacher Education and Special Education

Halle, J., & Meadan, H.. A Protocol for Assessing Early Communication of Young Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Topics in Early Childhood Special Education

Meadan, H., Halle, J., & Ebata, A.. Families with Children Who Have Autism Spectrum Disorder: Stress and Support Submitted to Exceptional Children, February,

Meadan, H., Halle, J., Ostrosky, M., & DeStefano, L.. Communicative behavior in the natural environment: Case studies of two young children with autism Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities 23 (1)

Meadan-Kaplansky, H., Snodgrass, M., Meyer, L., Wolowiec-Fisher, K., Chung, M., & Halle, J.. Internet-based Parent Implemented Intervention for Young Children with Autism: A Pilot Study Journal of Early Intervention

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Grants

Co-Principal Investigator Project FOCAL: Focusing On Causality and Assessment to Train Leaders in Children's Communication Disabilities, U.S. Department of Education, 2007 - 2012

Co-Principal Investigator Preparing Leaders in Access by Design (PLAD), U.S. Department of Education, 2006 - 2010

Co-Principal Investigator Teaching Teachers to Teach Social Interaction Skills to Young Children With Autism, Campus Research Board, 2006 - 2007

Principal Investigator Enhancing Autism Services in C-U: A Family Resilience Initiative Proposal, Department of Human and Community Development, 2005 - 2007

Principal Investigator A Multi-Component Self-Regulated Strategy Approach for Expository Reading Comprehension and Writing for Students with and without Disabilities: Examination of Effects in Reading and Content Classrooms, U.S. Department of Education (Pennsylvania State University), 2006 - 2006

Principal Investigator The Effects of Developing Rapport on Compliant and Problem Behavior of Young Children with Autism and Developmental Disorders, Campus Research Board, 2005 - 2005

James Halle

Professor Emeritus, Special Education

Contact

Office

284F Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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