Toni Van Laarhoven

Toni Van Laarhoven is an associate professor in the Department of Special and Early Education at Northern Illinois University. She teaches courses in the areas of developmental disabilities, assistive technology, and applied behavior analysis. She was a Co-Director of a technology-based, self-advocacy grant funded by the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (Project MY VOICE) and has been responsible for the preparation and development of the assistive technology lab in the College of Education. She has worked in the field professionally for over twenty years and grew up with an older sister with significant disabilities. She enjoys working in the field and has conducted and published several research studies on the effectiveness of using video-based instruction for promoting independence among individuals with ASD and/or developmental disabilities, has presented this research at national and international conferences, and has developed and shared video tutorials for teaching educational personnel and direct care providers to use video-based instruction with learners in applied settings. Her research interests include: video-based instruction, use of mobile devices (e.g., iPods) as prompting systems, transition planning using technology, assistive technology, functional assessment, and technology integration in teacher education.

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