Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities

Sara H. Sack, Ph.D.

Research Centers - Life Span Institute
Senior Research Professor
Primary office:
620-421-8367
University of Kansas
P. O. Box 738, 2601 Gabriel
Parsons, KS 67357
Second office:
Haworth, room 3144



Summary

Education

Ph.D., Developmental and Child Psychology, University of Kansas

M.A., Human Development and Family Life, University of Kansas

M.A., Speech Pathology, University of Kansas

B.S., Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Kansas

Research

Early communication and language development; intervention strategies for individuals who have language disorders; cognitive and communicative development in individuals who have developmental delays; assistive technology; mediated training.

Selected Publications

Etter, R. Sack, S. & Simmons, S. (2010). Assistive Technology Educational Materials for Infant Toddler Providers. Parsons, KS: University of Kansas Life Span Institute.

Simmons, S. Sack, S. & Dwyer, J. (2006). A realtime database for assistive technology devices and services. Newark, DE: Agoranet.

Sack, S. Kessler, B. Sack, C. Spellman, C. & Simmons, S. (2006). AT match: An electronic marketplace for assistive technology. Parsons, KS: IMPACT, Inc.

Sack, S. Simmons, S. Schwartz, J. & Black-Moore, P. (2006). Kansas toolkit: Self-direction of personal assistance services. Parsons, KS: University of Kansas Life Span Institute.

Sack, S. Simmons, S. Schwartz, J. & Black-Moore, P. (2006). Kansas toolkit: Self-direction of personal assistance services. Parsons, KS: University of Kansas Life Span Institute.

Sack, S. & Simmons, S. (2005). Kansas equipment exchange. Parsons, KS: University of Kansas Life Span Institute.

Sack, S. (1997). Assistive technology. A guide to the legal rights of Kansans with disabilities. Topeka, KS: Kansas Advocacy & Protective Services, Inc.

Sack, S. H., & McLean, L. K. (1997). Training communication partners: The new challenge for communication disorders professionals supporting persons with severe disabilities., 12, 151-158.

Sack, S. Spellman, C. Campbell, M. & Remus, M. (1997). Assistive technology and the individualized education program
. Topeka: Kansas Department of Education.

Sack, S. Clark, L. & Spellman, C. (1997). Questions and answers for school administrators responsible for providing assistive technology devices and services to students. Topeka, KS: Association of Kansas Special Education Administrators.

Simmons, S. Sack, S. & Spellman, C. (1996). Faces of Assistive Technology: A Consumer's Perspective. Parsons, KS: University of Kansas Life Span Institute.

McLean, L. K., Brady, N. C., & Sack, S. H. (1994). Communication of adults with severe cognitive disabilities: Implications of a 10-year research program. Asha, 36, 197.

Warren, S. Curren, E. Micucci-Lord, D. Paul-Brown, D. Romski, M. A., Sack, S. & Solon, E. M. (1994). The role of communication in the quality of life of persons with developmental disabilities . Washington, DC: American Association on Mental Retardation.

Simmons, S. Sack, S. McLean, J. & McLean, L. (1993). Innovative Practices Newsletter., 1(1).

Simmons, S. Sack, S. McLean, J. & McLean, L. (1993). Innovative Practices Newsletter., 1(1).

Sack, S. Etter, R. & Simmons, S. (1992). Using picture symbol reading to adapt curriculum for augmentative communicators. Asha, 34, 193.

Sack, S. H., McLean, L. S., McLean, J. E., & Spradlin, J. E. (1992). Effects of increased opportunities within scripted activities on communication rates of individuals with severe retardation. Behavioral Residential Treatment, 7, 235-257.

Etter, R. Simmons, S. & Sack, S. (1992). A middle school science curriculum using picture symbol support. Parsons, KS: KU Media Services.

McLean, J. E., Sack, S. H., McLean, L. S., Simmons, S. & McNay, V. (1991). Innovative practices in communication intervention. Asha, 33, 151.

Sack, S. Simmons, S. & Etter, R. (1991). Picture symbol reading. Parsons, KS: KU Media Services.

Sack, S. Spradlin, J. Snyder-McLean, L. & McLean, J. (1991). Facilitating communication in naturalistic settings., 4, 5-6.

McLean, J. E., Sack, S. H., & McLean, L. K. (1990). Skill actualization: Redefining the goals of therapy for nonverbal clients with severe mental retardation . Asha, 32, 50.

McLean, J. Sack, S. McLean, L. O'Connor, A. & Simmons, S. (1990). Developing communicative interactions. Topeka, KS: Monaco & Associates.

McLean, L. McLean, J. & Sack, S. (1990). Meeting the communication needs of students with severe handicaps. DCCD New Times, 17(4).

McLean, J. Sack, S. Snyder-McLean, L. Simmons, S. & O'Connor, A. (1989). Providing contexts for social interaction and communication skill building. Asha, 31, 59.

Snyder-McLean, L. Sack, S. & Solomonson, B. (1987). Generic skills inventory. Parsons, KS : KUAP/Parsons.

McLean, J. E., Snyder-McLean, L. & Sack, S. (1985). Communicative performances in standardized contexts by severely mentally retarded adolescents. Asha, 27, 167.

McLean, J. E., Snyder-McLean, L. K., & Sack, S. H. (1984). Symbolic abilities in nonverbal and early language using severely retarded adolescents. Asha, 26, 123.

Snyder-McLean, L. K., Solomonson, B. McLean, J. E., & Sack, S. (1984). Structuring joint action routines: A strategy for facilitating communication and language development in the classroom. Seminars in Speech and Language, 5, 213-228.

Sack, S. (1981). Assessment and Treatment of Language Behaviors with Severely Language Deficient Clients.

McLean, J. E., Snyder-McLean, L. K., Sack, S. H., & Decker, D. (1981). Communication therapy for the very young and/or severely language deficient child: A mediated program of inservice training materials. Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children. New York, NY.

Sack, S. (1981). Assessment and Treatment of Communicative Behaviors in Nonverbal Clients.

Sack, S. (1981). Summary: Systems for Analysis of the Function, Content, and Form of Child Communicative Behaviors.

Sack, S. H. (1980). Precommunicative and Early Language Skills. International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics Congress Proceedings, Washington, DC.

Sack, S. (1980). The Teaching and Learning of Communicative Language: A Transactional Process.

Sack, S. (1980). The Development of Linguistic Skills.

Sack, S. (1980). The Social Bases of Communication and Language.

Sack, S. (1980). The Cognitive Bases of Communication and Language.

Sack, S. (1979). A Continuum of Human Behavior.


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