Speaker

Sue Killmeyer
National Director of Training at Child First, National Program Office

Dr. Sue Killmeyer has spent decades working with young children and their caregivers in both home-based and child care settings, particularly in the context of Part C Early Intervention. This work has been grounded in the importance of healthy early relationships to optimize developmental outcomes for all young children, particularly those at-risk for or who have developmental delays or disabilities. Her research, focused on toddlers with ASD and their families, has focused on how responsive caregiving strategies can positively influence social engagement for children at risk for or who have ASD, and increase social interactions with others both at home and in educational settings.

She has presented at a number of conferences both locally and nationally on a variety of topics, including compassion fatigue in home visiting, caregiver depression in families of children with delays or disabilities, supporting infants and toddlers in foster care settings, and working with parents and caregivers of young children with ASD to increase social communication and social engagement outcomes. Dr. Killmeyer holds a Master’s degree in Early Intervention and a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh.