Autism Caregiver Group
Danai Fannin, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Danai Fannin is a speech-language pathologist and Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University. She received her PhD at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles, working on efficacy studies of joint attention and symbolic play intervention for childaren with autism. Dr. Fannin’s research interests include; a) play and communicative functions of preschoolers and their mothers across race/ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic status; b) underrepresented populations in autism treatment studies and; d) interprofessional education of student clinicians providing language intervention to families of children with developmental disabilities.
Allison Gladfelter, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Allison Gladfelter is an Assistant Professor in the School of Allied Health and Communication Disorders at Northern Illinois University. Before coming to NIU, Dr. Gladfelter received her Ph.D. and clinical master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Purdue University. She has also worked clinically on an interdisciplinary diagnostic team at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Dr. Gladfelter’s research explores language acquisition in children with autism spectrum disorder and specific language impairment with the ultimate goal of developing more evidence-based language interventions for these children. Dr. Gladfelter has over a decade of experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder and she is very excited to get to know the ASD community in the NIU area.
Christina Odeh, PT, DHSc, PCS
Dr. Christina Odeh is a physical therapist with a board certified pediatric specialty. She holds a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois and recently received her DHSc in Physical Therapy with an emphasis in Pediatrics and a minor in Education from the University of Indianapolis. She has over 20 years of physical therapy experience working with infants and children in a variety of settings in Illinois, California, Texas, New York, Florida and Spain. Her areas of clinical expertise include a variety of congenital or acquired issues such as developmental delays, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Dandy Walker, Epilepsy/Seizure disorders, Autism and many others. She is well-versed in equipment and orthotic prescription and modification.
Current research interests include: Balance, Coordination, Gait and Physical Activity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Parent and Teacher Perspectives of Barriers to Movement in Preschoolers with Special Needs; Relationship of BMI, Global Developmental Skills and Physical Activity of Preschoolers; Interdisciplinary Parent/Toddler Developmental Playgroup; Getting BIG into the Community (LSVT BIG); Clinical Decision-Making of 3rd Year DPT Students: Intervention or Referral?