Rae Sonnenmeier

CLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (603) 862-1860
Office: Communication Sciences & Disorders, Hewitt Hall Room 181, Durham, NH 03824
Rae M. Sonnenmeier, Clinical Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Rae M. Sonnenmeier, Ph.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. Her research focuses on understanding the communication patterns of young children on the autism spectrum, early identification of young children at-risk for an autism spectrum disorder or other developmental delays, the design of technologies and other supports for communication to support students’ learning of the general education curriculum, including literacy skills. She teaches courses on autism spectrum disorders, speech differences in young children, augmentative communication, and leadership in the field of developmental disabilities. Through her work with the Seacoast Child Development Clinic, she provides clinical assessment and consultation regarding best practices for communication development and learning to families, school personnel, and early intervention and other community-based providers.

Projects

NH-ME LEND

The NH and ME Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (NH-ME LEND) is a collaboration among Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire, and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies/UCED at the University of Maine-Orono. The purpose of NH-ME LEND is to improve the health of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities by preparing leaders to enter the field of maternal and child health.

Education

  • Ph.D., Communicative Disorders & Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • M.A., Speech-Language Pathology, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.S.Ed., Education, State University of New York at Buffalo

Research Interests

  • Autism
  • Communicative Disorders, Speech
  • Early Intervention for People With Disabilities

Courses Taught

  • COMM 723: Observation Skills in SLP
  • COMM 875: Advanced Language Acquisition
  • COMM 880: Diagnosis Spch/Lang Disorders
  • COMM 900: Artic&Phonological Dis inChild
  • COMM 912: Lang Disorders Birth to Five
  • COMM 914: Augmentative & Alternative Cmn
  • COMM 916: Autism Spectrum Disorders

Selected Publications

Humphreys, B. P., Couse, L. J., Sonnenmeier, R. M., Kurtz, A., Russell, S. M., & Antal, P. (2015). Transforming LEND Leadership Training Curriculum through the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 19(2), 300-307. doi:10.1007/s10995-014-1587-8

Jorgensen, C. M., McSheehan, M., & Sonnenmeier, R. M. (2010). The Beyond Access Model Promoting Membership, Participation, and Learning for Students with Disabilities in the General Education Classroom. Brookes Pub.

McSheehan, M. C. (2008). Membership, Participation, and Learning in General Education Classrooms for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders Who Use AAC.

Jorgensen, C. M., McSheehan, M., & Sonnenmeier, R. M. (2007). Presumed competence reflected in the educational programs of students with IDD before and after the Beyond Access professional development intervention. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 32(4), 248-262. doi:10.1080/13668250701704238

McSheehan, M., Sonnenmeier, R. M., Jorgensen, C. M., & Turner, K. (2006). Beyond Communication Access. Topics in Language Disorders, 26(3), 266-290. doi:10.1097/00011363-200607000-00008

Sonnenmeier, R. M., McSheehan, M., & Jorgensen, C. M. (2005). A Case Study of Team Supports for a Student with Autism's Communication and Engagement within the General Education Curriculum: Preliminary Report of the Beyond Access Model. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 21(2), 101-115. doi:10.1080/07434610500103608

Duchan, J. F., & Hewitt, L. E. (1994). Pragmatics from theory to practice. Allyn & Bacon.

HIGGINBOTHAM, D. J., SONNENMEIER, R. M., & DUCHAN, J. F. (1993). THE IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY ON FACILITATED COMMUNICATION. TECHNOLOGY AND DISABILITY, 2(3), 68-78. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

Stathopoulos, E. T., Duchan, J. F., Sonnenmeier, R. M., & Bruce, N. V. (1986). Intonation and Pausing in Deaf Speech. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 38(1), 1-12. doi:10.1159/000265814

Sonnenmeier, R. M., Jorgensen, C., Bates, K., Frechette, A., & Currin, J. (n.d.). "Nothing about us without us": Including people with disabilities as teaching partners in university courses. International Journal of Whole Schooling. Retrieved from http://www.wholeschooling.net/Journal_of_Whole_Schooling/IJWSindex.html

Most Cited Publications