Susan Johnston
  • Professor, Special Education
  • Department Chair, Special Education
801-581-5187

Publications

  • Kanarowski, E. & Johnston, S. (under review for publication). The influence of bibliotherapy on children's attitudes towards peers who use augmentative and alternative communication. Social Work Research. Revise/resubmit(2), 09/14/2016.
  • Schuman, J., O’Neill, R., Johnston, S., & Philips, W. A comparison of primary and secondary languages within functional communication training for preschoolers with disabilities who are English Language Learners. Other, 09/14/2016.
  • McDonnell, A. P., Crockett, M. A., Hawken, L.S., MacLeod, K.S., Paul, K., Johnston, S.S., & Nelson, C. (under revision). Teaching emergent literacy skills through embedded instruction in Head Start learning centers. Other, 08/17/2016.
  • Johnston, S. & Nelson, C. (in press). Using graphic symbols to teach children with autism to enter play groups. Intervention in School and Clinic. 52(2). Accepted, 08/17/2016.
  • Johnston, S. (2016). Teaching Communication Skills. In F. Brown, M. Snell, and J. McDonnell (Eds.). Instruction of Students with Severe Disabilities (8th Ed., pp.404-437). Boston: Pearson. Published, 07/13/2016.
  • Thompson, R., & Johnston, S. (in press). Examination of social story format on undesired behavior of children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals. . In press, 06/08/2016.
  • Nelson, C., Paul, K., Johnston, S., & Kidder, J. (in press). Use of a creative dance intervention package to increase social engagement and play complexity of young children with autism spectrum disorder. Education and Treatment in Autism and Devlopmental Disabilities.. Accepted, 03/23/2016.
  • Johnston, S., & Thompson, R. (2015). Teaching Play and Social Interaction Skills Through the Use of Assistive Technology and Instructional Strategies: A National Survey. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals (JAASEP).. Published, 06/17/2015.
  • Davenport, L. & Johnston, S. (2015). Using most-to-least prompting and contingent consequences to teach numeracy in early childhood classrooms. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education. 34(4), 200-210. Published, 03/18/2015.
  • Kanarowski, E., & Johnston, S. (2014). Influence of a short term international field experience on preservice teachers' perceptions and cultural competency. The New Educaitonal Review. 38(4), 200-210. Published, 12/31/2014.
  • McDonnell, A. P., Hawken, L.S., Johnston, S. S., Kidder, J.J., Lynes, M. & McDonnell, J. (2014). Emergent literacy practices and supports for children with disabilities: A national survey. Education and Treatment of Children. 37(3), 495-530.. Published, 10/2014.
  • Thompson, R. & Johnston, S. (2013). Use of Social stories to improve self-regulation in children with autism spectrum disorders. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics.33(3), 271-284. Published, 03/2013.
  • Johnston, S., Reichle, J., Feeley, K., & Jones, E. (2012). Augmentative and Alternative Communication Strategies for Individuals with Severe Disabilities. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes. Published, 12/2012.
  • Johnston, S. & Thompson, R. (2012). Initial investigation using an iPod-based speech generating device shows promise for increasing functional communication skills for individuals with severe and multiple disabilities [Commentary]. Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 6(2), 88-92. Abstract of Van der Meer, L., Kagohara, Achmadi, D., Green, V.A., Herrinton, C., Sigafoos, J., O'Reilly, M., Lancioni, G., Lang, R., & Rispoli, M. (2011). Teaching functional use of iPod-based speech generating device to individuals with developmental disabilities. Journal of Special Education, 26, 1-11. Published, 06/2012.
  • Cosbey, J., Johnston, S.S., & Dunn, L. & Bauman, M. (2011). The playground participation patterns of children with and without sensory processing disorders. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.3928/15394492-20110930-01. Published, 10/2011.
  • Cosbey, J., Johnston, S., & Dunn, M. L. (2010). Sensory processing disorders and social participation. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64(3), 462-473. Published, 12/2010.
  • Cosbey, J., Johnston, S., Dunn, M. L. (2010). Sensory processing disorder and social participation. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64(3), 462-473. Published, 12/2010.
  • Cosbey, J., Johnston, S.S., & Dunn, L. (2010). Sensory processing disorders and social participation. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64(3), 462-473. Published, 08/2010.
  • Johnston, S. (2010). Multiple Baseline and Multiple Probe Designs. In R. O‘Neill, J. McDonnell, W. Jenson (Eds.). Single Case Research Design: Applications in Educational and Community Settings. Published, 05/2010.
  • Johnston, S, & Hawken, L. (2010). Adapting the BEP for preschool settings. In D. Crone, R. Horner, & L. Hawken (Eds.) Responding to Problem Behavior in Schools: The Behavior Education Program. (2nd Ed.pp. 150-161). NY: Guildford. Published, 04/2010.
  • Johnston, S., Davenport, L., Kanarowski, E., Rhodehouse, S., & McDonnell, A., (2009). Teaching sound letter correspondence and consonant-vowel-consonant combinations to young children who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication. 25(2), 123-135. Published, 2009.
  • Johnston, S., Buchanan, S. & Davenport, L. (2009). Comparison of fixed and gradual array when teaching sound-letter correspondence to two children with autism who use AAC. Augmentative and Alternative Communication. 25(2), 136-144. Published, 2009.
  • Johnston, S. (2009). Preschoolers with disabilities increase their peer-directed requesting skills and word diversity through a social communication intervention [Commentary]. Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 3(2), 102-106. Abstract of Stanton-Chapman, T.L., Denning, C.B., & Jamison, K.R. (2008). Exploring the effects of a social communication intervention for improving requests and word diversity in preschoolers with disabilities. Psychology in the Schools, 45(7), 644-664. Published, 2009.
  • Johnston, S., McDonnell, A., & Hawken, L. (2008). Enhancing outcomes in early literacy for young children with disabilities: Strategies for success. Intervention in School and Clinic, 42, 210-217. Published, 2008.

Research Statement

Dr. Johnston's research and scholarly interests include augmentative and alternative communication, early language intervention, and early childhood education.

Research Keywords

  • Special Education
  • International Education or Training
  • Early Childhood or Pre-School Education
  • Augmentative Communication

Presentations

  • Paul, K., Handman, P., Nelson, Catherine, Johnston, S., McDonnell, A., Buchanan B. (2016). Multiplisciplinary Training Model: Strategies for using creative dance to promote preschooler’s development. Poster presentation at the at the DEC International Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs (DEC). Louisville, KY. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/26/2016.
  • Johnston, S. (2016, September). Readers are Leaders. Panel Presenter, Annual Read-a-Thon Kick Off Event, Trailside Elementary, Park City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/23/2016.
  • Johnston, S. (2015). Teaching Preschool-Aged Children with Disabilities to Request Entrance into Playgroups using Graphic Symbols. Poster presentation at the annual conference of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Denver, CO. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/11/2015.
  • Johnston, S. Nelson, C., & McDonnell, A. (2015). Visual Supports to Teach Children with Disabilities to Request Entrance into Playgroups. Poster presentation at the at the DEC International Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs (DEC). Atlanta, GA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/21/2015.
  • Johnston, S. (2014). Supporting Social Interactions in Preschool Settings through Assistive Technology and Instructional Strategies. Poster presentation at the annual conference of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Orlando, FL. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2014.
  • Nelson, C., Paul, K., Johnston, S., Kidder, J., & Hyte, H. (2014). Increasing Play Complexity in Children with Autism Through Music and Movement. Poster presentation at the DEC International Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs. St. Louis, MO. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2014.
  • Nelson, C., Johnston, S., McDonnell, A., Jaraman, G., & Paul, K (2014). Increasing Play Initiations in Inclusive Preschool Classrooms: Keys to Play. Poster presentation at the DEC International Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs. St. Louis, MO. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2014.
  • Thompson, R., & Johnston, S. (2014). Teaching Play Through Assistive Technology and Instructional Strategies: A National Survey. Poster presentation at the DEC International Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs. St. Louis, MO. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2014.
  • Johnston, S. (2014, October). Going Global in the College of Education – Peru. Poster presentation at the Global Expo. Learning Abroad, University of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT. Presentation, Presented, 10/2014.
  • Johnston, S. (2014, October). Public Policy for Utah’s Youngest Children: Our States Most Important Infrastructure. Panel Presenter, Hinckley Institute, University of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT. Presentation, Presented, 10/2014.
  • Dyal, V. & Johnston, S. (2014, February). Positive Behavioral Supports in Inclusive Middle School Classrooms. Weilenmann School of Discovery, Park City, UT. Presentation, Presented, 02/2014.
  • Davenport, L. & Johnston, S. (2013). Teaching Numeracy Skills in Early Childhood Classrooms: Embedding Learning Opportunities and Using a Most-To-Least Prompting Strategy. Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Conference. Merida, Mexico. Presentation, Presented, 11/2013.
  • Johnston, S. & Dyal, V. (2013). Positive Behavioral Supports in Inclusive Middle School Classrooms. Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Conference. Merida, Mexico. Presentation, Presented, 11/2013.
  • Wright, C., Diener, M., Wright, S., & Johnston, S. (2013, October). Tapping into Tech Talent: Using Technology to Facilitate Creative, Social, and Computer Skills in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dept. of Psychology, University of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/2013.
  • Johnston, S. (2013, September). Readers in the Community make leaders around the world. Panel Presenter, Annual Read-a-Thon Kick Off Event, Trailside Elementary, Park City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2013.
  • McDonnell, A., Nelson, C., Johnston, S., & Paul, K. (2013). Family-professional partnerships: Developing shared storybook reading routines for young children with low incidence and multiple disabilities. Conference on Autism, Intellectional Disability & Developmental Disability. Kona, HI. Presentation, Presented, 01/2013.
  • Thompson, R., & Johnston, S. (2012). Social Stories as a Tool to Help Preschool Aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Utilize Self-Regulation Strategies to Promote Increased Functional Behaviors. Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention (CRIEI). San Diego, CA. Presentation, Presented, 02/2012.
  • Johnston, S., Finke, E., & McDonnell, A., (2012). Service Provider Perspectives on AAC user Participation in Early Literacy Activities. Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention (CRIEI). San Diego, CA. Presentation, Presented, 02/2012.
  • Johnston, S., Fink, E., & Kanarowski, B. (2010). USAAC Member Perspectives on AAC User Participation in Academic and Social Literacy Activities. Poster presentation at the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Conference. Barcelona, Spain. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/2010.
  • Kanarowski, B., & Johnston, S. (2010). Bibliotherapy to Influence Typically Developing Children’s Attitudes toward Peers Who Use AAC. Poster presentation at the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Conference. Barcelona, Spain. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/2010.
  • Johnston, S. & Kanarowski, B. (2010). Providing Young Children Who Use AAC with Multiple Strategies for Escaping/Avoiding Activities. Poster presentation at the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Conference. Barcelona, Spain. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/2010.
  • Johnston, S. (2009). More than “NO”: Providing young children who use AAC with strategies for escaping/avoiding activities. Poster presentation at the DEC International Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs. Albuquerque, NM. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2009.
  • Kanarowski, E. & Johnston, S. (2009). Bibliotherapy to influence typically developing children’s attitudes towards peers with disabilities. Poster presentation at the DEC International Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs. Albuquerque, NM. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2009.
  • Philips, W. & Johnston, S. (2009). Visual supports for teaching children with disabilities who are English language learners. Poster presentation at the CEC International Conference. Seattle, WA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2009.
  • Johnston, S. (2009, February). If you only have a hammer, everything looks like a nail”: Expanding your toolbox to support the teachers and the communication partners of AAC users. Keynote presentation at the Utah Augmentative Communication Conference. Provo, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2009.
  • Schumann, J. & Johnston, S. (2008). Espanol or English: Augmentative and Alternative Communication Use Among English Language Learners (ELL) with Communication Delays. Poster presentation at the DEC International Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs. Minneapolis, MN. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/2008.
  • Davenport, L., & Johnston, S. (2008). Promoting Positive Outcomes in the Neonatal Intensive Care Uni (NICU). Poster presentation at the DEC International Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs. Minneapolis, MN. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/2008.
  • Phillips, W. & Johnston, S. (2008). Effective Strategies for Teaching Children Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication to Initiate Social Interactions. Poster presentation at the DEC International Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs. Minneapolis, MN. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/2008.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Kenya
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Peru
  • United States of America