Kristen Bottema-Beutel, Brief Biography

Kristen Bottema-BeutelI received a Ph.D. in the joint doctoral program in special education from UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University. My research focuses on three broad areas: 1) social interaction dynamics in children and adolescents with ASD, 2) social communication development in children with ASD, and 3) educational practices that maximize engagement between students with ASD and their typically developing peers. I use interactional methods within inclusive intervention contexts to better understand the social and linguistic practices involved. Specifically, I am interested in how children with and without ASD differentially orient to social scenarios, including the relevance of social ‘rules’, and practices surrounding face-work.

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