Sondra Stegenga

Sondra Stegenga
University of Utah | UOU · Department of Special Education

Ph.D. MS, OTR/L

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Publications (22)
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Background The Keep Children and Families Safe Act amendment to the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) of 2003 mandated children under age three who are involved with Child Welfare (CW) to receive a referral to the system for early intervention (EI). While there is strong rationale for providing developmental services to young childre...
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Despite the potential positive impact of augmentative and alternative communication, the literature suggests that many individuals with disabilities experience barriers in developing communication skills and access to appropriate supports. Parents can provide valuable insight into the barriers and facilitators experienced by their children with com...
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Schools and school districts now use social media for a variety of reasons, but alongside the benefits that accompany these K-12 educational institutions' social media use come questions about privacy and safety. We use a dataset of around 18 million posts by United States schools and districts on Facebook to explore how these posts might risk the...
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An important first step toward an updated consent process in a time of widespread social media use is to understand the contents of media release policies. In this study, we examine the available media release policies for the 50 largest U.S. school districts. We were guided by the following research question: How do school districts communicate an...
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Schools and districts use social media to share announcements and build vibrant communities, but alongside such uses run risks to students’ privacy and safety. Using a novel data set of more than 17 million posts from 2010-2020 of schools and school districts in the United States on Facebook, we sought to establish how frequently photos of students...
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Due to increasing incidence of mental health challenges in college students and its relation to poorer student outcomes (e.g., recruitment, retention, graduation), higher education institutions have turned their attention toward the needs of students experiencing mental health challenges (Collins & Mowbray, 2005). In attempts to ameliorate poorer s...
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In the spring of 2020, public schools across the United States were forced to close their campuses due to an emerging public health crisis caused by the detection of the first cases of the COVID-19 virus. Although schools closed their buildings, the delivery of educational services did not stop. This included the ongoing provision of services manda...
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Promoting evidence-based practices for transitions from early intervention (EI) to preschool is critical to ensuring optimal child and family outcomes. Yet, implementing these practices in real-world settings can be difficult due to the complexities of EI/ECSE systems. Therefore, we propose the use of an implementation science framework for facilit...
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Purpose of Review It is well established that individuals with complex communication needs (CCN) can increase their ability to communicate efficiently and effectively. However, many individuals with CCN experience opportunity barriers with regard to the development of communication skills. This paper will review promising practices and research imp...
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Although there is increasing awareness of policy decisions contributing to disproportionality in exclusionary practices, few studies have empirically examined common elements of discipline policies across the nation. We utilized a methodological review and the Checklist for Analyzing Discipline Policies and Procedures for Equity (CADPPE) to examine...
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Validity evidence based on test content is critical to meaningful interpretation of test scores. Within high‐stakes testing and accountability frameworks, content‐related validity evidence is typically gathered via alignment studies, with panels of experts providing qualitative judgments on the degree to which test items align with the representati...
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Collaboration with caregivers and between disciplines and agencies is a recommended practice in the field of early intervention and early childhood special education (EI/ECSE) as well as required by federal legislation for young children with disabilities. Review of relevant literature suggests that collaboration entails a complex set of principles...
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This project focuses on effective practices shown by empirical research to provide success for students with disabilities as they navigate the numerous transitions that occur from birth to young adulthood. We are studying the ways to bridge the educational divide between settings (pre-K to postsecondary. The work is grounded by evidence based pract...
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Young children with developmental disabilities and their families often move to different service delivery programs in their early years. Promoting and implementing smooth transitions from early intervention to preschool is critical for families and children for optimal developmental/behavioral outcomes.
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Big data holds immense potential for innovation and new understanding in research, evaluation, practice, and policy related to young children and their families. Although big data is a relatively new concept, particularly in early intervention systems (EI), recent pushes for data systems alignment in EI and education have propelled the use of large...
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The use of exclusionary discipline practices in schools has been well documented since the 1970s with the passing of the Safe Schools Act and implementation of zero-tolerance policies. Despite research indicating the ineffectiveness of exclusionary practices, students continue to receive suspensions and expulsions at alarming rates. Additional rese...
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Secondary traumatic stress (STS), vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue may be terms used to describe issues for professionals risk being exposed to the trauma of others through close networks. Much of the research to date has focused on helping professions such as first responders, counselors, psychologists, and social workers, among others. Ho...
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Attaining successful outcomes in school and life requires a process of supports and individualized learning experiences that begin long before high school graduation. This need for supports and planning early is true for all learners but particularly important for vulnerable populations, such as individuals with disabilities. Individuals with disab...
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Early identification and treatment of feeding difficulties greatly improves outcomes for young children with feeding difficulties (Williams et al., 2006). However, identifying and addressing feeding difficulties in young children, birth to age three, is complex; requiring not only interdisciplinary collaboration (Arvedson, 2008; Bruns & Thompson, 2...

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Build capacity for statewide scale up of evidence-based early interventions Bridging the gap between early childhood and 3rd grade outcomes Identifying evidence-based, research-based, and promising practices for early interventions