Yael Stern is a doctoral student in the Early Intervention Research Group. She is pursuing her PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Clinical Certification in Speech-Language Pathology. Yael completed her undergraduate degree in Cognitive and Brain Sciences at Tufts University (BS, 2011). Upon graduation she worked as a research assistant at the Marcus Autism Center where she learned a great deal about communication skills of infants and toddlers and identification of the earliest signs of autism. Yael believes that communication skills establish a foundation for other areas of development in toddlers with autism. She is focused on studying ways to help toddlers with autism learn to communicate by teaching parents intervention strategies. She hopes that this work will optimize long-term outcomes for toddlers with autism and help parents feel empowered in their role in the intervention process.
Favorite children’s book: Abel’s Island by William Steig
Favorite childhood toy: hoola hoop
Favorite childhood snack: string cheese