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Bonnie Keilty

Associate Professor
929 West


Ed.D., Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education, George Washington University

Graduate Certificate, Public Health and Health Services, Maternal and Child Health, The George Washington University

M.A., Education and Human Development, Major: Early Intervention; Endorsement: Early Childhood Special Education

B.S., Psychology and Business Administration, University at Albany, State University of New York


SPEDE 768: Fostering Development in Young Children with Diverse Abilities: Historical, Political, and Inclusive Perspectives

SPEDE 769: Evaluation, Assessment, and Program Planning for Infants and Young Children with Special Needs

SPEDE 770: Individualized Planning, Implementation and Progress Monitoring in Early Childhood (Birth through PreK) Environments and Curricula

SPEDE 773: Families, Parenting, and Family-Professional Partnerships: Theories, Research, and Practices


My research interests focus on Part C early intervention supports and services that support families in their role as primary developmental promoters. My three current projects are:

  1. Developing and testing a prenatal early intervention curriculum for families whose child has a diagnosis eligible for early intervention
  2. Developing and testing the "Family Strengths in Child Learning" (FamSCL), an assessment-to-intervention approach that builds off the strategies families are already using to help their child learn and collaboratively develop a program plan that truly fits the individual family.
  3. Identifying effective professional development approaches to prepare emerging professionals (graduate students) to truly partner with families.




Keilty, B. (2013). Foreword. In L.C. Pletcher and N.O. Younggren, The Early Intervention Workbook: Seven Key Practices for Providing Services in Natural Environments. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing Co. Keilty, B. (2013). Voices from the Field: Developing and promoting early intervention expertise. Young Exceptional Children, 26(3) 36-38. Keilty, B. (2010). The Early Intervention Guidebook for Families and Professionals: Partnering for Success. New York: Teachers College Press. Keilty, B., LaRocco, D., & Casell, F. (2009). Early interventionists' reports of authentic assessment methods through focus group research. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 28(4) 244-256. Keilty, B. (2008). Earlier intervention: Prenatal initiation of IDEA, Part C supports and services. Early Childhood Services: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Effectiveness, 2(4) 195-206. Keilty, B. (2008). Early intervention home visiting principles in practice: A reflective approach. Young Exceptional Children, 11(2) 29-40.

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