Dr. Lengyel teaches special education courses, and has an extensive history of advocacy activities.
Professional Title: Associate Professor
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Understanding the relationship between communication and literacy, and how we can best prepare children with severe disabilities to access information typically accessed by reading the written word.
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Special education, autism spectrum disorders
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Literacy and numeracy for children with intensive special needs Designing effective individualized educational programs Technology in communication and curriculum Prevention and intervention: severe and challenging behavior Advocacy and collaboration: Autism Spectrum Disorder Positive behavior Support for Diverse Classrooms
Education: Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; M.Ed., University of Pittsburgh; B.S., Pennsylvania State University
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Dr. Lengyel’s work has focused on supporting persons with complex needs, considered to have severe disabilities in inclusive environments. Before entering higher education, she supported persons with severe disabilities and their families in school, work, employment, and home settings. Dr. Lengyel also has an extensive history of advocacy activities, supporting IEP teams, as well as advocating for systemic and policy changes. Although new to Lesley University in 2011, Dr. Lengyel has been a faculty member in higher education for over 15 years.Lesley Special Education Programs
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