Publications

*denotes student author

Bagawan, A.*, Douglas, S. N., & Gerde, H. (in press). Components of effective supervision and training for paraeducators. Intervention in School and Clinic. 

Douglas, S. N., Dunkel-Jackson, S., Bagawan, A.*, & Sun, T.* (in press). Five tips for implementing telepractice interventions with family members of young children with autism spectrum disorders. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups.

Iacono, T., Douglas, S. N., Garcia-Melgar, A.*, & Goldbart, J. (in press). A scoping review of AAC research conducted in segregated school settings. Research in Developmental Disabilities. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2021.104141.

Biggs, E., Therrien, M., Snodgrass, M., & Douglas, S. N. (in press). Voices from the field: Strategies for effective telepractice for children with autism who use augmentative and alternative communication. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups.

Douglas, S.N., Jensen, E.J.* & West, P. (2022). A qualitative meta-synthesis of the medical experiences of caregivers of children with ASD. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40489-022-00306-w

Kammes, R.*, Lachmar, M.*, Douglas, S. N., & Schultheiss, H.* (in press). “Life altering”: A qualitative analysis of social media birth stories from mothers of children with down syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. 

Douglas, S. N., Shi, Y.*, Das, S.*, & Biswas, S. (in press). Validation of wearable sensor technology to measure social proximity of young children with autism spectrum disorders. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. 

D'Agostino, S.*, & Douglas, S. N. (in press). Preparation Experiences of Pre-Service Inclusive Preschool Teachers: A Qualitative Metasynthesis. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education. 

Douglas, S. N., Meadan, H., & Schultheiss, H.* (in press). A meta-synthesis of caregivers’ experiences transitioning from early intervention to early childhood special education. Early Childhood Education Journal. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-021-01165-6 

Sun, T.*, Bowles, R., Gerde, H. K., & Douglas, S. N. (in press). Supporting AAC use for functional communication of preschoolers with complex communication needs. Young Exceptional Children. 

Douglas, S. N., Bowles, R., & Kammes, R.* (2022). Elementary principals’ views on the policies and practices of paraeducators in special education. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals. 

Douglas, S. N., Bowles, R., & Kammes, R.* (2022). Paraeducators: An important member of the educational team for students with disabilities. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals. 

Lu, Y.*, Douglas, S. N., Bagawan, A.*, & Hauck, J., (2021). Using neurotypical siblings as intervention agents to guide individuals with autism spectrum disorders: A systematic review. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 89, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2021.101868

Douglas, S. N., Taylor, J. T., Dexter, D. D., & McNaughton, D. B. (2021). Application of an online peer review tool for preservice teachers. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education - General. 21(2), 556-579. 

D'Agostino, S.*, & Douglas, S. N. (2021). Early childhood educators' perceptions of inclusion for children with autism spectrum disorder. Early Childhood Education Journal, 49, 725-737. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-020-01108-7 

Douglas, S. N., Biggs, E., Meadan, H., & Bagawan, A.* (2021). The effects of telepractice to support family members in modeling a speech generating device in the home. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 30 (3), 1157-1169. https://doi.org/10.1044/2021_AJSLP-20-00230 

Douglas, S. N., & Uitto, D. (2021). A collaborative approach to paraeducator training. Beyond Behavior. 30(1), 4-13. https://doi.org/10.1177/1074295621997177 

Douglas, S.N., Uitto, D., & D'Agostino, S.* (2021). Where is the paraeducator content in introductory special education textbooks?. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals. 

Kammes, R.*, Douglas, S. N., Maas, M., & Black, R. (2020). Parental support for sexuality education and expression among adults with an intellectual disability. Sexuality and Disability, 38(4), 669-686. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11195-020-09659-8 

Frantz, R., Douglas, S. N., Meadan, H., Sands, M., Bhana, N., & D'Agostino, S.* (2020). Exploring the professional development needs of early childhood paraeducators and supervising teachers. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education. https://doi.org/10.1177/0271121420921237 

Sobeck, E., Douglas, S. N., Chopra, R., & Morano, S. (2020). Paraeducator supervision in pre-service teacher preparation programs: Results of a national survey. Psychology in the Schools, 58(4), 669-685. https://doi.org/10.1002/pits.22383 

Douglas, S. N., West, P.*, & Kammes, R.* (2020). The training experiences of AAC practitioners in one Midwestern state. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 5, 219-230. 

D’Agostino, S.*, Douglas, S. N., Horton, E. (2020). Inclusive preschool practitioners’ attainment of naturalistic developmental behavioral intervention using telehealth training. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 50, 864-880. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-019-04319-z  

West, P.*, Van Riper, M., Wyatt, G., Lehto, R., Douglas, S. N., & Robbins, L. (2020). Adaptation to technology use in families of children with complex communication needs: An integrative review and family theory application. Journal of Family Nursing, 26(2), 153-178. https://doi.org/10.1177/1074840720915536 

Inbar-Furst, H., Douglas, S. N., & Meadan, H. (2020). Promoting caregiver coaching practices: Reflection and feedback. Early Childhood Education Journal, 48(1), 21-27. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-019-00980-2 

Yates, P., Chopra, R., Sobeck, E., Douglas, S. N., Walker, V., Morano, S., & Schulze, R. (2020). Working with paraeducators: Tools and strategies for instructional planning, performance feedback, and evaluation. Intervention in School and Clinic, 56(1), 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1177/1053451220910740 

Walker, V. L., Douglas, K. H., Douglas, S. N., & D’Agostino, S.* (2020). Paraprofessional-implemented systematic instruction for students with disabilities: A systematic literature review. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities. 55(3), 303-317. 

Gerde, H. K., Skibbe, L. E., Goetsch, M. E.*, & Douglas, S. N. (2019). Head Start teachers’ beliefs and practices for letter and sound knowledge. National Head Start Association Dialogue. 22(2), 1-21. 

D’Agostino, S.*, Douglas, S. N., & Duenas, A.* (2019). Practitioner implemented naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions in early childhood: A systematic review of social validity prevalence and practice. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 39(3),170-182. https://doi.org/10.1177/0271121419854803 

Douglas, S. N., Meadan, H., & Kammes, R.* (2019). Early interventionists’ caregiver coaching: A mixed methods approach exploring experiences and practices. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education. 40(2), 84-96. https://doi.org/10.1177/0271121419829899

Gerde, H. K., Skibbe, L. E., Wright, T. S., & Douglas, S. N. (2019). Evaluation of Head Start curricula for standards-based writing instruction. Early Childhood Education Journal, 47, 97-105. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-018-0906-x 

Douglas, S. N., & Gerde, H. K. (2019). A strategy to support the communication of students with autism spectrum disorders. Intervention in School and Clinic. 55(1), 32-38. https://doi.org/10.1177/1053451219833021 

Douglas, S. N., Uitto, D. J., Reinfelds, C. L., & D’Agostino, S.* (2019). A systematic review of paraprofessional training materials. Journal of Special Education. 52(4), 195-207. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022466918771707 

Brophy-Herb, H. E., Bockneck, E., Choi, H. H.*, Senehi, N.*, & Douglas, S. (2019) Terrific Twos: Promoting Toddlers’ Competencies in the Context of Important Relationships. In A. Sheffield Morris & A. C. Williamson (Eds.), Building early social and emotional relationships with infants and toddlers: Integrating research and practice. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Meadan, H., Douglas, S. N., Kammes, R.*, & Schraml-Block, K.* (2018). "I'm a different coach with every family": Early interventionists beliefs and practices. Infants and Young Children. 31(3), 200-214. https://doi.org/10.1097/IYC.0000000000000118 

Douglas, S. N., Kammes, R.*, Nordquist, E.*, & D’Agostino, S.* (2018). A pilot study to teach siblings to support children with complex communication needs. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 39(2), 346-355. https://doi.org/10.1177/1525740117703366 

Douglas, S. N., Kammes, R.*, & Nordquist, E.* (2018). Online communication training for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 39(3), 415-425. https://doi.org/10.1177/1525740117727491 

Douglas, S. N., Nordquist, E.*, Kammes, R.*, & Gerde, H. (2017). Online parent communication training for young children with complex communication needs. Infants and Young Children, 30 (4), 288-303. https://doi.org/10.1097/IYC.0000000000000101 

Shi, Y.*, Das, S.*, Douglas, S. N., & Biswas, S. (2017). An experimental wearable loT for data-driven management of autism. In 2017 9th International Conference on Communication Systems and Networks (COMSNETS). IEEE. (peer reviewed, published preceding) https://www.doi.org/10.1109/COMSNETS.2017.7945435 

Douglas, S. N., Chapin, S.*, & Nolan, J. (2016). Special education teachers’ experience supporting and supervising paraeducators: Implications for special and general education settings. Teacher Education and Special Education, 39 (1), 60-74. https://doi.org/10.1177/0888406415616443 
Listed in the Top 10 Special Education Articles for 2017

Douglas, S. N., McNaughton, D. B., & Light, J. C. (2014). Online training for paraeducators to support the communication of young children. Journal of Early Intervention, 35 (3), 223-242. https://doi.org/10.1177/1053815114526782 
Featured for COVID-19 special open access 2020

Douglas, S. N., Light, J. C., & McNaughton, D. B. (2013). Teaching paraeducators to support the communication of young children with complex communication needs. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 33 (2), 91-101. https://doi.org/10.1177/0271121412467074 

Douglas, S. N. (2012). Teaching paraeducators to support the communication of individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication: A literature review. Current Issues in Education, 15(1). http://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/906 

Select Recent Presentations

Jensen, E. J.* & Douglas, S. N. (September, 2022). A Mixed-Methods Study Exploring Caregiver Experiences with their Children with Medical Complexities. Lecture presentation at Division for Early Childhood and International Society on Early Intervention Joint Conference. Chicago, IL.

Douglas, S. N., & Jensen, E.* (July, 2022). Autism and medical complexity. Invited panel presentation at the 6th annual Autism/Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Family-Professional Conference. East Lansing, MI.

Douglas, S. N., & Jensen, E.* (May, 2022). Children with medical complexity: Putting their voices at the center. Invited grand round lecture at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI.

Jensen, E.,* Bagawan, A.,* Sun, T.* & Owusu, P.* (April, 2022. Disability as an Aspect of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Presented at DAC colloquium. Michigan State University.

Douglas, S. N., Bagawan, A., West, P., & Elms, R. (January, 2021). A qualitative meta-synthesis to understand the experiences of siblings for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Poster presentation at the 2021 Division for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Conference. (hybrid)

Douglas, S. N., Jensen, E., & West, P. (January, 2021). A qualitative meta-synthesis of the medical experiences of caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders. Poster presentation at the 2021 Division for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Conference. (hybrid)

Douglas, S. N. (April, 2020). Use of Technology in Research. Invited speaker in virtual graduate seminar at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 

Douglas, S. N. (April, 2020). Coaching Parents via Telehealth: Applications for Supporting Children with Communication Challenges. Invited presentation at the AGSOCI Virtual Conference. 

D’Agostino, S., & Douglas, S. N. (March, 2020). Coaching practices in early childhood settings: supporting parents and practitioners. Invited presentation at the Annual 
Conference of the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children. Grand Rapids, MI. 

Douglas, S. N., & Meadan, H. (February, 2020). Family transition experiences from early intervention to early childhood special education: A qualitative meta-synthesis. Poster presented at the Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention, San Diego, CA. 

Oldenstadt, R. F., Douglas, S. N. (February, 2020). Exploring professional development needs of early childhood paraeducators and teachers. Poster presented at the Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention, San Diego, CA. 

Sobeck, E., Chopra, R., Douglas, S. N., Morano, S. (February, 2020). Are teachers prepared to supervise paraeducators? Results of a national survey. Presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Portland, OR.

Douglas, S. N., Bowles, R., & Plavnick, J. (January, 2020). Development of online training materials for paraeducator/teacher teams to support the communication of young children who use AAC. Poster presented at the Institute for Education Sciences Principal Investigators Meeting, Washington, DC.

Douglas, S. N. (November, 2019). Becoming a successful coach: Rationale, implementation, and refinement. Invited pre-conference workshop presentation at the Early On Conference, Acme, MI. 

Douglas, S. N. (November, 2019). Perfect partner: Supporting beginning communicators using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Invited presentation at the Early On Conference, Acme, MI.

Douglas, S. N. (November, 2019). Creating Inclusive Environments for Youth. Invited presentation at the Michigan YMCA Leaders Conference, Lansing, MI. 

Douglas, S. N. (2019, March). POWR to the partner: Augmentative and alternative communication skills for communication partners. Invited presentation at the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Conference, East Lansing, MI.

Douglas, S. N., Walker, V., Snodgrass, M., & Chung, Y. (2019, January). Promoting communicative competence among individuals who use AAC: A survey of AAC experts. Poster presented at the Division for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference, Maui, HI.

Douglas, S. N., West, P., Kammes, R., & Schultheiss, H. (2019, January). The training experiences of AAC professionals. Poster presented at the Division for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference, Maui, HI.

Douglas, S. N., Kammes, R., Schultheiss, H., Biswas, S., Shi, Y., & Das, S. (2019, January). Sensor technology to measure social interactions of children with autism spectrum disorders. Poster presented at the Division for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference, Maui, HI.

Douglas, S. N., Kammes, R., D’Agostino, S., Frantz, R. (2019, January). Paraeducators: What we know and where we should go. Presentation at the Division for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference, Maui, HI.

Kammes, R., Lachmar, E. M., Douglas, S. N., & Schultheiss, H. (2018, November). The transition to parenthood: Down syndrome, mood disorders and social media. Poster 
presented at TASH Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

Kammes, R., Douglas, S. N., & West, P. (2018, November). The training experiences of AAC professionals. Poster presented at TASH Annual Conference, Portland, OR.
 *Won award for best research poster award TASH 2018 conference

Douglas, S. N., West, P., Kammes, R., & Schultheiss, H. (2018, November). Voices from the Field: Results from an AAC Practitioner Focus Group. Presentation at #talkingAAC Conference, East Lansing, MI. 

Douglas, S. N., Walker, V., Snodgrass, M., & Chung, Y. C. (2018, November). AAC Decision-making: Learning from Experts in the Field. Presentation at #talkingAAC Conference, East Lansing, MI. 

Frantz, R., Douglas, S. N., Meadan, H., Sands, M., D’Agostino, S., Hacker, R., & Adams, N. (2018, October). Their Words: The Professional Development Needs of Paraeducators and Their Supervising Teachers. Poster Presentation at the Division for Early Childhood Conference, Orlando, Florida. 

D’Agostino, S., & Douglas, S. N. (2018, October). Preschool Inclusion of Children with Autism: Perceptions of Preservice Teachers, In-service Teachers, and Administrators. Poster Presentation at the Division for Early Childhood Conference, Orlando, Florida. 

Douglas, S. N., Snodgrass, M. R., Walker, V., & Chung, Y. (2018, July). Decision-Making to Promote Communicative Competence Among Individuals Who Use AAC: A Survey of AAC Experts. Poster Presentation at the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Gold Coast, Australia.

Douglas, S. N., West, P., Kammes, R. (2018, July). Wisdom from the Field: The Training Experiences of AAC Practitioners. Poster Presentation at the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Gold Coast, Australia.

Douglas, S. N. (2018, May). Partner Training for AAC Implementation. Invited Facilitator #KeepTalkingAAC. Charlotte, MI. 

Sobeck, E., Chopra, R., Douglas, S. N., Morano, S., & Uitto, D. (2018, April). To What Degree are Institutions of Higher Education Preparing Pre-service Teachers to Supervise and Manage Paraeducators? Creation of a National Survey. Paper accepted for presentation at the National Conference on the Training and Employment of Paraeducators. Seattle, WA. 

Douglas, S. N. (2018, April). Paraeducator Practices in One State: Implications for Policy. Paper accepted for presentation at the National Conference on the Training and Employment of Paraeducators. Seattle, WA. 

Douglas, S. N. (2018, April). Paraeducator Training Curricula – Current Strengths and Challenges with Available Materials. Paper accepted for presentation at the National Conference on the Training and Employment of Paraeducators. Seattle, WA. 

Douglas, S. N., Meadan, H., & Kammes, R. (2018, March). Mixing methods: Early interventionists’ experiences and perceptions coaching caregivers. Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention. San Diego, CA.

Douglas, S. N., Uitto, D., Reinfelds, C., & D’Agostino, S. (2018, February). A comprehensive review of paraeducator training materials. Pacific Coast Research Conference. San Diego, CA.

Douglas, S. N., Bowles, R, & Kammes, R. (2018, February). A statewide survey of administrators, teachers, and paraeducators: Paraeducator supports for students with disabilities. Pacific Coast Research Conference. San Diego, CA