Key Professional Appointments

Head and Goldstick Family ScholarSpecial Education, University of Illinois, 2009 - 

ProfessorSpecial Education, University of Illinois, 2007 - 

Associate ProfessorSpecial Education, University of Illinois, 1997 - 2007

Project CoordinatorSpecial Education, Vanderbilt University, 1990 - 1991


B.A., Special Education/Elementary Education, Clarke College, 1980


Meadan, H., Ostrosky, M., Triplett, B., Michna, A., Fettig, A. (2011) Using visual supports with young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders TEACHING Exceptional Children

Fettig, A., Ostrosky, M. (2011) Collaborating with parents in reducing children’s challenging behaviors: Linking functional assessment to intervention Child Development Research link>

Thomas, D., Ostrosky, M. (2011) Implementing a new social-emotional philosophy: The struggle in one Head Start classroom Early Childhood Research & Practice link>

Fowler, S., Yates, T., Ostrosky, M. (2011) Professional development for early childhood intervention: Current status and future directions. Early childhood intervention: Shaping the future for children with special needs and their families, three volumes ABC-CLIO, Praeger: Santa Barbara, CA

Cheatham, G., Ostrosky, M. (2011) Whose expertise?: An analysis of advice giving in early childhood parent-teacher conferences Journal of Research in Childhood Education link>

Yu, S., Ostrosky, M., Fowler, S. (2011) Children’s friendship development: A comparative study Early Childhood Research and Practice link>

Quesenberry, A., Ostrosky, M., Hemmeter, M. (2010) Addressing challenging behaviors in Head Start: A closer look at program policies and procedures Topics in Early Childhood Special Education,. link>

Zaghlawan, H., Ostrosky, M. (2010) Circle time: An exploratory study of activities and challenging behaviors in Head Start classrooms Early Childhood Education link>

Ostrosky, M., Meadan, H. (2010) Helping children play and learn together Young Children

Meadan, H., Ostrosky, M., Zaghlawan, H., Yu, S. (2009) Promoting the social and communicative behavior of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A review of parent-implemented intervention studies Topics in Early Childhood Special Education

Hsieh, W., Hemmeter, M., McCollum, J., Ostrosky, M. (2009) Using coaching to increase preschool teachers’ use of emergent literacy teaching strategies Early Childhood Research Quarterly

Beneke, S., Ostrosky, M. (2009) Teachers’ views of the efficacy of incorporating the project approach into classroom practice with diverse learners. Early Childhood Research and Practice Retrieved August 7 link>

Beneke, S., Ostrosky, M., Katz, L. (2008) Calendar time for young children: Good intentions gone awry Young Children

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 Disorders

Hemmeter, M., Ostrosky, M., Artman, K., Kinder, K. (2008) Moving right along: Planning transitions to prevent challenging behavior Young Children

Hemmeter, M., Santos, R., Ostrosky, M. (2008) Preparing early childhood educators to address young children’s social-emotional development and challenging behavior: A survey of higher education programs in nine states Journal of Early Intervention

Gaffney, J., Ostrosky, M., Hemmeter, M. (2008) Books as natural support for young children’s literacy learning Young Children

Quesenberry, A., Ostrosky, M., Corso, R. (2007) Skilled and knowledgeable caregivers: The role of fathers in supporting young children’s social emotional development Young Exceptional Children

Ostrosky, M., McCollum, J., Yu, S. (2007) Linking curriculum to children’s social outcomes: Helping families support children’s peer relationships. Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series Linking Curriculum and Child and Family Outcomes Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Fowler, S., Ostrosky, M., Yates, T. (2007) Teaching and learning in the early years. The SAGE Handbook of special education: SAGE Publishers

McCollum, J., Ostrosky, M. (2007) Family influences on young children’s emerging peer-related social competence. Peer-related social competence of young children Brookes: Baltimore

Erbas, D., Yucesoy, S., Turan, Y., Ostrosky, M. (2006) Turkish special education teachers' implementation of functional analysis in classroom settings Education and Training in Developmental Disabilties

Han, J., Ostrosky, M., Diamond, K. (2006) Children's attitudes toward their peers with disabilities: Strategies for supporting positive attitude development Young Exceptional Children

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

Meadan, H., Ostrosky, M., Halle, J. (2006) What? I don't understand. Pardon?: The use of communication breakdowns to encourage communication Young Exceptional Children

Ostrosky, M., Laumann, B., Hsieh, W. (2006) Early childhood teachers’ beliefs and attitudes about inclusion: What does the research tell us?. Handbook of research on the education of young children Erlbaum: Mahwah, NJ

Ostrosky, M., Cheatham, G. (2005) Teaching the use of a problem-solving process to early childhood educators Young Exceptional Children

Beneke, S., Ostrosky, M., Katz, L. (2005) Let's give 'em something to talk about: The language arts and science connection. Young exceptional children monograph series on supporting early literacy development in young children Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Ostrosky, M., Lee, H. (2004) Developing culturally and linguistically responsive teams within early intervention: Promising practices. The young exceptional children monograph series 6: Interdisciplinary teams Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Turan, Y., Ostrosky, M., Halle, J., DeStefano, L. (2004) Acceptability of language interventions: A comparison of preschool and elementary teachers’ responses Journal of Early Intervention

Lee, H., Ostrosky, M., Bennett, T., Fowler, S. (2003) Perspectives of early intervention professionals about culturally appropriate practices Journal of Early Intervention

Horn, E., Ostrosky, M., Jones, H. (2003) Family-based practices. Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Ostrosky, M., Horn, E. (2002) Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series 4. Assessment: Gathering meaningful information Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Miller, P., Ostrosky, M., Laumann, B., Thorp, E., Sanchez, S., Fader-Dunne, L. (2002) Quality field experiences underlying performance mastery. DEC personnel preparation in early childhood special education Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Yu, S., Ostrosky, M.. Young children’s understanding of disabilities: Implications for attitude development and inclusive education. Handbook of research on the education of young children Lawrence Erlbaum: Mahwah, NJ

Ostrosky, M., Sandall, S. (2001) Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series, Vol. 3: Teaching strategies: What to do to support young children's development Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Sandall, S., Ostrosky, M. (2000) Natural environments and inclusion. Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Donegan, M., Ostrosky, M., Fowler, S. (2000) Peer coaching: Teachers supporting teachers Young Exceptional Children

Ostrosky, M., Donegan, M., Fowler, S. (1998) Facilitating transitions across home, community, and school: Developing effective service delivery models. Transitions in prelinguistic communication: Preintentional to intentional and presymbolic to symbolic Paul Brookes: Baltimore

Drasgow, E., Halle, J., Ostrosky, M. (1998) Effects of differential reinforcement on the generalization of a replacement mand in three children with severe language delays Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

Donegan, M., Ostrosky, M., Fowler, S. (1996) Children enrolled in multiple programs: Characteristics, supports, barriers to teacher communication Journal of Early Intervention

Ostrosky, M., Kaiser, A., Odom, S. (1993) Facilitating children’s social communicative interactions through the use of peer-mediated interventions. Enhancing children’s communication Paul Brookes: New York

Ostrosky, M., Kaiser, A. (1991) Arranging preschool classroom environments Teaching Exceptional Children


Principal InvestigatorCenter on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 10/1/2001 12:00:00 AM - 9/30/2006 12:00:00 AM

Principal InvestigatorCenter on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Vanderbilt University), 9/30/2006 12:00:00 AM - 9/29/2011 12:00:00 AM

Senior PersonnelDELL-D Developing Early Language and Literacy in Danville, U.S. Department of Education, 10/1/2007 12:00:00 AM - 8/31/2011 12:00:00 AM

Co-Principal InvestigatorPreparing Relationship-Based Early Intervention Personnel (PREP), U.S. Department of Education, 8/16/2004 12:00:00 AM - 8/15/2010 12:00:00 AM

Co-Principal InvestigatorProject FOCAL: Focusing On Causality and Assessment to Train Leaders in Children's Communication Disabilities, U.S. Department of Education, 8/15/2007 12:00:00 AM - 8/14/2012 12:00:00 AM

Principal InvestigatorMeginnis Endowment, The Kay Meginnis Endowment for the Enhancement of Special Education Programs, 8/15/2005 12:00:00 AM - 8/14/2006 12:00:00 AM

Principal InvestigatorEstablishing the Efficacy of the Special Friends Program, Institute of Education Sciences, 6/16/2008 12:00:00 AM - 6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM

Principal InvestigatorTeaching Teachers to Teach Social Interaction Skills to Young Children With Autism, Campus Research Board, 1/25/2006 12:00:00 AM - 1/31/2007 12:00:00 AM

Senior PersonnelCenter for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior, U.S. Department of Education, 1/1/2001 12:00:00 AM - 1/1/2006 12:00:00 AM

Co-Principal InvestigatorProject TALK: Training Academic Leaders with Knowledge in Communication Disabilities, U.S. Department of Education, 1/1/2001 12:00:00 AM - 1/1/2005 12:00:00 AM

Michaelene Ostrosky

Head and Professor, Special Education



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