Special Education & Literacy

Post Technology in Education Learning Lab (Post-TELL)

Lead Researchers
Margaret Laskowski, PhD, CCC-SLP/TSHH-BE (Communication Sciences and Disorders)
Dana Reinecke, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA (Special Education and Literacy)

Mission Statement
The mission of the Post Technology in Education Learning Lab (Post-TELL) is to conduct high-quality, inter-disciplinary research across the following areas:
● Explore use of consumer technology to facilitate independence, communication, learning, and language for individuals with challenges in these areas
● Provide information, both general and individual-specific, about the effective use of consumer technology to support individuals with challenges to parents, caregivers, and service providers 
● Identify and overcome obstacles to the effective use of consumer technology to support individuals with challenges in everyday life
Undergraduate and graduate Communication Sciences and Disorders and Special Education and Literacy students are included in all phases of research as student researchers under the mentorship of the lead researchers.

Current Projects 
Pathway 1:

• Technology Supports for Individuals with Disabilities in New York State: A Survey of Current Status
o IRB-approved
o Invited poster presentation at NYS Speech Language Hearing Association in April 2017
o Manuscript under submission to Journal of Leadership and Instruction as of November 2017
● Using Focus Groups To Determine Parent/Caregiver Needs For Training Technology Use to Support Children With Disabilities
○ IRB-approved
○ Survey to be initiated in January 2018 
Pathway 2:
● Use of Electronic Activity Schedules to Teach Individuals with Disabilities to Request Assistance When Needed
○ IRB-approved
○ Ongoing data collection:  UGARC, Kingston, NY
○ Initiating informed consent:  Genesis School, East Meadow, NY
● Use of Consumer Technology to Increase Independence in Secondary School Students
○ IRB-approved
○ Seeking research setting


Future Directions
● Create a website to provide information and support about using consumer technology to families, educators, professionals, and individuals with challenges 
● Create training modules about effective use of consumer technology to support individuals with challenges
● Partner with school districts to deliver training modules
● Partner with school districts to identify students in need and conduct research in the use of consumer technology to support these students
● Development of novel apps to meet needs of individuals with challenges
● Partner with consumer technology companies to provide sample and donated devices and apps to individuals with disabilities

Student Researchers
Christina DeAngelis, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Josephine Plascencia, Special Education and Literacy
Steven Schnabel, Special Education and Literacy
Alexandra Walters, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Contact Us

Post-TELL@liu.edu



CONTACT

College of Education, Information, and Technology
Dr. Albert Inserra, Dean
516-299-2210

post-educate@liu.edu