Sally Reed Crawford is a research associate with the Early Childhood Center (ECC) at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University, Bloomington.
Reed Crawford’s work spans many areas including inclusive early childhood special education, early childhood assessment, professional development to support practitioners in effective implementation of inclusive service provision, family future’s planning, early intervention home visiting, supporting children and families through traumatic medical experiences. A common theme in her work is ensuring the equitable access to and the successful mastery of children in all the environments they experience.
Reed Crawford holds a Bachelor’s Degree in social work from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree in early childhood education and educational psychology from California State University Northridge.
I have had a long interest in understanding the impact of life events (disability, medical issues, inclusion) on young children and their families and how to support their successful navigation of those experiences. For over 30 years, I held direct service roles in a variety of settings always working with young children and their families (e.g., hospitals, disability agencies, and private and public-school programs). In the past 10 years since providing direct service work, my work focus has been on aligning best practices to professional development opportunities for practitioners to enhance their confidence and skills in serving young children and their families to become members in inclusive settings.