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Michaelene Ostrosky

University of Illinois

Michaelene M. Ostrosky is a Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois. Her research focuses on social emotional competence and challenging behavior of children with disabilities, including strategies for promoting acceptance.  

As a former teacher of adults with significant disabilities and young children who were deaf and blind, she is passionate about translating research to practice.  Dr. Ostrosky has authored over 100 publications, including numerous articles and monographs focusing on strategies to support the development and learning of children under age 6.

She is a co-editor of DEC’s Young Exceptional Children Monograph on Challenging Behavior and co-author of The Making Friends Program: Supporting Acceptance in Your K-2 Classroom. Also, she is actively involved with the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) and the Military Family Learning Network (MFLN). 

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