Overview of Interests
Dr. Ledford's research program is centered around the concepts of observational learning and social reinforcement, and is primarily concerned with improving academic and non-academic outcomes for young children with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities. Her research occurs primarily in the context of typical school settings (classroom and non-classroom locations) and has focused on the acquisition of discrete academic skills, improvement of peer-related pro-social skills (e.g., sharing), and increasing physical activity. Recent and current research projects have focused on (1) the use of academic small group instruction as a context for teaching social skills; and (2) teacher-implemented playground interventions to increase physical activity, engagement, social behaviors.
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