Autism Caregiver Group
Allison Gladfelter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Allison Gladfelter, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the School of Allied Health and Communication Disorders at Northern Illinois University. Before coming to NIU, Gladfelter received her Ph.D. and clinical master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Purdue University. She has also worked clinically on an interdisciplinary diagnostic team at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Gladfelter’s research explores language acquisition in children with autism spectrum disorder and specific language impairment with the ultimate goal of developing more evidence-based language interventions for these children. Gladfelter has over a decade of experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder and she is very excited to get to know the ASD community in the NIU area.
Christina Odeh, PT, DHSc, PCS
Christina Odeh, Ph.D. is a physical therapist with a board certified pediatric specialty. She holds a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois and recently received her DHSc in Physical Therapy with an emphasis in Pediatrics and a minor in Education from the University of Indianapolis. She has over 20 years of physical therapy experience working with infants and children in a variety of settings in Illinois, California, Texas, New York, Florida and Spain. Her areas of clinical expertise include a variety of congenital or acquired issues such as developmental delays, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Dandy Walker, Epilepsy/Seizure disorders, Autism and many others. She is well-versed in equipment and orthotic prescription and modification.
Current research interests include: Balance, Coordination, Gait and Physical Activity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Parent and Teacher Perspectives of Barriers to Movement in Preschoolers with Special Needs; Relationship of BMI, Global Developmental Skills and Physical Activity of Preschoolers; Interdisciplinary Parent/Toddler Developmental Playgroup; Getting BIG into the Community (LSVT BIG); Clinical Decision-Making of 3rd Year DPT Students: Intervention or Referral?