Intellex Acquires Expert by Big Village

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Expert Details

Educational Assessment and Curriculum Development for Early Childhood, Special Education Assessment

ID: 107876 Illinois, USA

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A significant portion of Expert's career in educational assessment has involved the research and development of assessment tools and procedures for young children and adolescents. She considers herself a problem solver who solves learning problems. She developed a screening test, DIAL-R, published by American Guidance Service, which is used internationally in identifying children with potential learning difficulties and developmental delays. She is currently working on a revision of the DIAL-R, with co-author Dr. Carol Mardell-Czudnowski. Currently, Expert has helped to develop an adolescent suicide prevention curriculum to train and consult with high school crisis team members.

Expert is presently completing the third year of a grant funded by Ronald McDonald Children's Charities (RMHC) to train high school crisis team members in strategies for the prevention of adolescent suicide.

Currently, Expert has done consultation in actual product design and development. She has written proposals and structures for product development, as well as actual copy for publication. Her knowledge base in preschool materials is quite extensive. She enjoys the challenge of production design. Expert has been working with psychiatrists to develop an adolescent suicide prevention program, (Community Action for Youth Survival) (CAYS).


Technical review for the product development assigned by Amway-Small Tykes.She is engaged consulting with Fontbonne College in the design of a grant to fund the training and future screening of preschool children using the Spanish version of DIAL-3.Consultation to U-46 Elgin School District in Illinois to assist in the training and on going longitudinal study of young children with potential learning disabilitiesConsultation with Wichita Kansas Public Schools in the development of a scanning tool to augment the record form of the DIAL-3 and continued consultation in professional development services for in-service presentations to faculty and staff


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1978 Degree: EdD Subject: Research, Administration and Early Childhood Institution: LoyolaUniversity of Chicago
Year: 1969 Degree: MA Subject: Special Education - Learning Disabilities/Psychology Institution: De Paul University
Year: 1956 Degree: BS Subject: Elementary Education, Physical Education Institution: University ofIllinois

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1988 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Educational Consultant Department:
Development and review of educational materials and tests for early identification of potential learning disabilities
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1993 to 1996 Employer: University of Illinois Title: Educational Liaison Department: Psychiatry
Expert is an Educational expert on a suicide prevention grant sponsored by Ronald McDonald Children's Charities.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1981 to 1988 Employer: Cooperative Association for Special E Title: Special Services Coordinator Department:
Program development for Special Education students in 6 School Districts across all areas of disability and with primary supervision and direction of early childhood programs
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1979 to 1981 Employer: Early Childhood Special Education Center Title: Principal Department:
Program director for a facility that housed early childhood programs for young children ages 3-7 and served all schools within the cooperative agreements
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1978 to 1979 Employer: Graduate School of Education, De Paul Univ Title: Assistant Professor Department:
Chair of the Learning Disabilities Program leading to a masters degree in education and director of the Learning Disabilities Clinic which assessed all ages of children and consulted with parents and schools about identification of learning problems
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1973 to 1974 Employer: Associate Educ., Title: Instructor/Researcher Department: Northwestern University
Completed a three year longitudinal study of children identified with the DIAL early childhood screening device

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2001 to Present Country / Region: El Salvador/San Salvador Summary: Technical consultation for the 9 Screening teams using the DIAL-3 in 2001

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities Fellow; Council for Exceptional Children/ Division for Early Childhood;Division for Learning Disabilities; Pioneer Division;Council for Educational Diagnostic Services; Learning Disabilities Association;National Association for the Education of Young Children; Society for Research and Development.
Licenses / Certifications
Educational Certification in all areas of Special Education with Supervision; Administrative Certification for the State of Illinois.
Publications and Patents Summary
More than 25 publications, co-author of DIAL-3; Early Screening Battery;author of two books on early identification; contributor to several monographs on early identification of learning disabilities.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Training seminars for the users of DIAL-3. It usually is a one-two day workshop using hands on materials and video presentations.
Vendor Selection
Expert has experience locating vendors of:
* Educational materials
* Special education placement
* Developmental diagnosis
* Educational assessment
* Children's toys and books.

She has access to the following resources:
* Childcraft Corporation (as a contact)
* American Guidance (as a contact, also databases)
* ERIC (a database for educational material).

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Expert can read German.

Fields of Expertise

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