Selected Publications

Articles In Academic Journals

Year Title
2017 The use of a bar model drawing to teach word problem solving to students with mathematics difficultiesLearning Disability Quarterly. 91-104.
2015 Using repeated reading and explicit instruction to teach vocabulary to preschoolers who are deaf and have hearing lossInfants & Young Children. 262-280.
2015 Using repeated reading and explicit instruction to teach vocabulary to preschoolers who are deaf or have hearing lossInfants and Young Children. 262-280.
2014 Teaching emotion words using social stories and created experiences in group instruction with preschoolers with hearing loss: An exploratory studyDeafness and Education International. 37-58.
2013 An Observational study of social communication skills in eight preschoolers with and without hearing loss during cooperative playEarly Childhood Education Journal. 339-346.
2013 Impact of an Activity Mini-Schedule on the Inattention of Preschoolers with Cochlear Implants during a Group ActivityEducation and Treatment of Children. 15-32.
2013 Using a child-specific social story to improve communication and social skills in two preschoolers with cochlear implants: An exploratory classroom case studyDeafness & Education International. 117-125.
2013 Using dyad-specific social stories to improve communicative and interactional skills of preschoolers with hearing loss in self-contained and inclusive settings.International Journal of Inclusive Education..
2013 Using dyad-specific social stories to increase communicative and social skills of preschoolers with hearing loss in self-contained and inclusive settingsInternational Journal of Inclusive Education. 1.
2012 Communication Skills in Eight Preschoolers with and without Hearing Loss during Cooperative PlayEarly Childhood Education Journal.
2012 Effect of parallel talk on the language and interactional skills of preschoolers with cochlear implants and hearing aidsLiteracy Information and Computer Education Journal. 530-538.
2009 Forty years later--The value of praise, ignoring, and rules for preschoolers at risk for behavior disorderEducation and Treatment of Children. 513-535.
2009 Forty years later: The efficacy of rules, praise, and ignoring students with emotional/behavioral disordersEducation and Treatment of Children.
2008 Reactive attachment disorder: Challenges for early identification and intervention within the schoolsInternational Journal of Special Education. 47-55.
2005 Cognitive, affective, and relational dimensions of middle school students: Implications for improving discipline and instruction.The Clearing House. 40-44.
2005 Research on early intervention for children at risk for behavior problemsSailing a sea of knowledge: A symposium of Global ideas. : International Association of Special Education.
2004 Lessons learned from research on early intervention: What teachers can do to prevent children’s behavior problemsPreventing School Failure. 1-10.
2003 Early intervention with children at risk for emotional/behavioral disorders: A critical examination of research and methodologyEducation and Treatment of Children. 362-381.
2003 Intervention with children at risk of emotional/behavioral disorders: A critical examination of research methodology and practicesEducation and Treatment of Children. 362-381.
2003 What teachers can do to prevent behavior problems in schoolsPreventing School Failure. 33-38.
2001 Supporting communication in young children with developmental disabilitiesMental Retardation and Developmental Disability Research Reviews. 143-150.
2000 Parent-reported behavior problems and language delays in boys and girls enrolled in Head Start classroomsBehavioral Disorders. 26-41.
1998 Early intervention for the prevention of conduct disorder: Research issues in early identification, implementation, and interpretation of treatment outcomesBehavioral Disorders. 57-65.
1997 Prevention of conduct disorders through early intervention: A social-communicative perspectiveBehavioral Disorders. 117-130.
1996 A multimedia literacy series that celebrates authorship & booksCommunication of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM. 106-109.
1996 The generalized effects of naturalistic language teaching with multiple partners on children's social communicative interactionsJournal of Early Intervention. 30-51.
1996 The generalized effects of training trainers to teach parents to implement milieu teachingJournal of Early Intervention. 30-51.
1995 Preparing parent trainers: An experimental analysis of effects on trainers, parents and childrenTopics in Early Childhood Special Education. 385-414.
1994 Generalized effects of enhanced milieu teachingJournal of Speech and Hearing Research. 1320-1340.
1985 Teaching social reciprocity: Social exchanges between young severely handicapped and non-handicapped childrenThe Pointer. 17-21.
1980 Controlling behavioral techniques in an early intervention programCommunity Mental Health Journal. 169-175.
1977 Evaluation and accountability in a parent-implemented early intervention serviceCommunity Mental Health Journal. 261-267.
1976 The effects of amount and type of teacher-child interaction on child-child interactionPsychology in the Schools. 171-175.

Conference Papers

Year Title
2011 Teaching Interactively Using Web-Conferencing: The Student Perspective
1998 The role of families in supporting and expanding child learning by using anchored instruction and technology supported materials and activities.  138-144.

Research Overview

  • Early childhood special education; early intervention/prevention; intervention strategies to enhance child social communication skills; parent training; home-school collaboration; professional development
  • Grants

  • Professional Educator Preparation in Special Education for Children with Low Incidence  awarded by Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services, USDOE 2015 - 2020
  • A Model of Professional Development That Focuses On The Centrality of Teacher-Child Interactions In The Learning, Behavior, And School Readiness of Preschool Children With Disabilities Or At-Risk For Disabilities  awarded by Institute of Education Sciences 2016 - 2017
  • Project Pepse/Chili: Professional Educator Preparation In Special Education For Children With Low Incidence  awarded by US Department of Education 2016 - 2017
  • Preparing Academic Leaders to Meet the Critical Challenges in Special Education  awarded by of Special Education Programs (OSEP): Preparation of Leadership Personnel (CFDA#84.325D), $800,000.00 2009 - 2013
  • Centrality of Teacher Child Interaction in Child Learning and Achievement  awarded by U. S. Department of Education 2009 - 2012
  • Centrality of the Teacher Child Interaction in Child Learning and Achievement  awarded by Institute of Educational Sciences (CFDA#84.305A), $1,494,509.00. 2009 - 2012
  • Early Identification & Prevention of Conduct Disorder in Head Start Children  awarded by Administration on Children, Youth, and Families/National Institute of Mental Health, $333,785. 1997 - 1999
  • Preventing Problems in Children's Social Behavior.  awarded by Institute of Mental Health (MH54 629-01A1), 1996 - 1999
  • New Models for Promoting Home-School Linkages to Support Child Learning and Enhance Family Involvement & Collaboration with Schools. Sub-component of Building on Strengths: Accelerated, Integrated Curriculum and its Effects on Children, Teachers & Parents  awarded by James S. McDonnell Foundation 1995 - 1997
  • Centrality of the Teacher Child Interaction in Child learning and Achievement  awarded by Institute of Educational Sciences (CDFA#84.305A) 2018 -
  • Centrality of Teacher Child Interaction in Child Learning and Achievement  awarded by Institute of Educational Sciences 2010 -
  • Expertise Keywords

  • Early Childhood Professional Development
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Early Intervention/Prevention
  • Parent Training
  • Education And Training

  • Ph.D. in Special Education/Early Childhood Education, Vanderbilt University 1978
  • M.A. in Special Education/Behavior Disorders, Vanderbilt University 1970
  • B.S. in Biology and Math, Carson-Newman College 1966
  • Full Name

  • Peggy Hester