Lema Kabashi

Assistant Professor
Educational Studies
Office hours

Specialty area(s)

 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Video-Based Instruction
  • Single Subject Research Design

    • Multiple Baseline Design

      • Across Behaviors, Across Participants, Across Settings​

    • A-B- and A-B-A-B Design 

    • Parallel Design

  • Computer Skills  

    • Microsoft Word/Excel/Powerpoint​

  • Learning Management Systems

    • D2L, BlackBoard

  • Technology 

    • Animoto​, VoiceThread, EdPuzzle, Google Drive/Site, Populr, TodaysMeet, Padlet, Wix, Skype, Camtasia, Jing, Screencast, YouTube Channel, PowToon, Pear Deck, Glogster, iMovie

Brief biography

I earned my Bachelors degree in Pedagogy from the University of Pristina, Kosovo, in 1996, my Masters degree in Special Education from Slippery Rock University, PA, in 2007, and my Doctorate degree in Early Intervention-Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh, PA, in 2012.

I have over fifteen years of teaching and advising experience and over ten years of research experience in the field of special education, particularly with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Given that I am originally from Kosovo, my teaching and research experiences have been enriched by both Albanian and American cultures.

I have been coordinator of the special education program since Spring 2016. In the last four years, I have also been honored to be the faculty advisor for the Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC); I hope to see many of you at different SCEC events this school year.

It is a privilege to work at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Teaching confers upon me an opportunity to share my enthusiasm for individuals with exceptionalities and the special education field. It is my passion to inspire teacher candidates to support all learners in their classrooms, including students with exceptionalities.

Current courses at UWL

Spring 2018

SPE 401/501: Introduction to Exceptional Individuals (Online)

SPE 424 Classroom Management & Positive Behavior Practices 

SPE 446/447: Methods Corss Categorical in Special Education (Flipped Classroom)

SPE 430: Student Teaching Seminar

Teaching history

Spring & Fall 

SPE 401/501: Introduction to Exceptional Individuals (Online)

SPE 424 Classroom Management & Positive Behavior Practices 

SPE 446/447: Methods Corss Categorical in Special Education (Flipped Classroom)

SPE 461: Clinical in Special Education

SPE 430: Student Teaching Seminar

SPE 483: Student Teaching in Special Education

Professional history

Presentations

  • International Conferences

Kabashi, L. (October 5, 2017). DECs 33rd Annual International Conference Presentation on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families, DEC, Portland, Oregon, "Using Video Self-Modeling to Support Young Children with Autism in Kosovo", http://www.decconference.org. 

Kabashi, L. (April 21, 2017). Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo 2017, CEC, Boston, MA, "Increasing Independent Engagement in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Using Video Self-Modeling with Video Feedback", http://www.cecconvention.org. 

Kabashi, L. (October 9, 2015). DECs 31st Annual International Conference Presentation on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families, School of Education, Atlanta, Georgia, "Teaching Independent Transitioning to Young Children with Autism Using Video Self-Modeling with Video Feedback via iPads", http://www.dec-sped.org/conference.

Kabashi, L. (October 8, 2015). DECs 31st Annual International Conference Presentation on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families, School of Education, Atlanta, Georgia, "The efficacy of video-based instruction using iPads on promoting initiations of children with autism & Teaching Independent Transitioning to Young Children with Autism Using Video Self-Modeling with Video Feedback via iPads", http://www.dec-sped.org/conference.

Kabashi, L. (October 18, 2014). 30th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families, Division for Early Childhood, St Louis, "Literature Review: The efficacy of video-based instruction on promoting social initiations of young children with autism.", http://www.dec-sped.org/conference.

Kabashi, L. &, Kaczmarek, L. A. (October 18, 2013). 29th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families, Division for Early Childhood, San Francisco, "The efficacy of video self-modeling for promoting initiations of preschoolers with autism.", http://www.dec-sped.org/Conference.

  • Regional Conferences

Kabashi, L., Zehms, C, & Rogers, L. (October 9, 2017). Special Education Conference, Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Dells, WI, "Using Best Practices in the Teacher Preparation Programs", https://www.edevents.org/conferences/32/special-education-conference-2017. 

Kabashi, L., & Epstein, A., (January 19, 2017). Regional Montessori Conference, UW-L, La Crosse, WI, "Supporting Young Children with Challenging Behaviors", https://www.uwlax.edu/conted/montessori/schedule.html. 

Kabashi, L., (October 20, 2016). Special Education Conference, Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Dells, WI, "Video-Based Instruction and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)", https://www.edevents.org/conferences/32/special-education-conference-2017. 

Kabashi, L., (April 15, 2016). Office of Professional & Instructional Development (OPID), Department of Public Instruction, Green Lake, "Implications of Collaboration Between University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-L) and Harry Spence Elementary School in Training Teacher Candidates to Support Students with Challenging Behaviors in a General Education Classroom and/or Other Settings"

Kabashi, L. (April 16, 2015). Office of Professional & Instructional Development (OPID), Department of Public Instruction, Green Lake, "Facilitating Online Teaching and Learning", https://sites.google.com/site/opid2015/programinformation/conference-schedule.

  • Local Conferences

Kabashi, L. (February 17, 2017), Western Wisconsin Education Conference Spring 2017, Western Wisconsin Education Conference, La Crosse, WI, "Using Technology to Facilitate Teaching and Learning", http://www.wweconference.com. 

Kabashi, L. (February 19, 2016), Western Wisconsin Education Conference Spring 2016, Western Wisconsin Education Conference, La Crosse, WI, "Using Video-Based Intervention on Promoting Inclusion of Children with Autism".

Kabashi, L. (February 20, 2015), Western Wisconsin Education Conference Spring 2015, Western Wisconsin Education Conference, La Crosse, "Principles of Human Behavior", http://www.wweconference.com.

Kabashi, L. (May 4, 2015). School Staff Meeting at Harry Spence Elementary School, Harry Spence Elementary, La Crosse, "Reporting Results of the Video-Based Instruction Study".

  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Conferences & Workshops

Kabashi, L., (January 20, 2017) 22nd Annual Faculty Research Day, UW-L, La Crosse, WI, "Increasing Independent Engagement in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Using Video Self-Modeling with Video Feedback", https://www.uwlax.edu/globalassets/offices-services/grants/fred-brochure-2017_full-web-version.pdf. 

Kabashi, L., & Epstein, A., (January 20, 2017) 22nd Annual Faculty Research Day, UW-L, La Crosse, WI, "Promoting Question-Asking Initiations in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Using Video-Based Instruction", https://www.uwlax.edu/globalassets/offices-services/grants/fred-brochure-2017_full-web-version.pdf. 

Kabashi, L. (September 1, 2015), 17th Annual UWL Conference on Teaching and Learning, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, "The Effectiveness of Flipped Classroom in Methods course in Special Education", https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/17th+conference/14f85155d418f0a3?projector=1.

Kabashi, L. & Rogers, L., (January 21, 2014). 15th Annual UW-La Crosse Conference on Teaching and Learning, UW-L, Centennial Hall, "The Effectiveness of Google Docs on Promoting Student Engagement and Reflection".

Kabashi, L. (February 27, 2015), CATL TechBits Showcase, UW-L, La Crosse, "The use of VoiceThread in online and face-to-face classes".

Kabashi, L. (March 13, 2014), 21st Century Teaching at UW-L, School of Education, UW-L, "Blogs in the Classroom". 

 

Research and publishing

Publications

Kabashi, L., & Epstein, A. (2017). Promoting Question-Asking Initiations to Peers with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders using Video-Based Instruction. Journal of Childhood & Developmental Disorders, 3(4), 1-7.

Kabashi, L., & Kaczmarek, L. A. (2017). The Efficacy of a Video Self-Modeling Intervention on Peer Social Initiation Skills of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). European Journal of Social Sciences Education and Research, 10(2), 305-321.

Kabashi, L., & Kaczmarek, L. A. (2017). Teaching Social Initiation Skills to Young Children with Autism Using Video Self-Modeling with Video Feedback via iPads. Autism - Open Access, 7(3), 1-8.

Kabashi, L., & Epstein, A. (2017). Teaching Independent Transitioning to Young Children with Autism Using Video Self-Modeling with Video Feedback via iPads. World Journal of Educational Research, 4(3), 367-387.

Kabashi, L., & Epstein, A. (2017). Improving Social Initiations of Children with Autism using Video Self-Modeling with Video Feedback: A Case Study. Journal of Education and Social Research (JESR), 7(2), 11.

Kabashi, L., & Kaczmarek, L. A. (2016). Evaluating the Efficacy of VBI on Improving Social Initiation Skills of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A Review of Literature. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 3(4), 61-81.

Research in Progress

  • Kabashi, L. (In progress). Increasing Independent Engagement in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Using Video Self-Modeling with Video Feedback
  • Kabashi, L. (In progress). The Efficacy of Video-Based Instruction using iPads on Improving Social Skills and/or Decreasing Inappropriate Behaviors of Kosovar Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • Kabashi, L., & Kaczmarek, L.A. (In progress). Educating a Child with Down Syndrome in an Inclusive Kindergarten Classroom.
  • Kabashi, L. (In progress). What do early childhood educators and elementary teachers in the Republic of Kosovo need to know about working with students with disabilities?
  • Kabashi, L. (Data collection phase). Training teacher candidates to support students with challenging behaviors in a general education classroom and/or other settings.

Grants

  • Kabashi, L. (May, 2017). Carol Dobrunz Conference Travel Award; UW-L Foundation
  • Kabashi, L. (April, 2016). International Development Grant, UW-L
  • Kabashi, L. (April, 2016). School of Education Small Grant, UW-L
  • Kabashi, L, & Epstein. A. (March, 2015). School of Education Small Grant, UW-L
  • Kabashi, L. & Epstein. A. (November, 2014). Faculty Research Grant, UW-L
  • Kabashi, L., & Newton, J. (August, 2014). Faculty Development Fund, UW-L
  • Kabashi, L. (June, 2014). Learning by Design, UW-L
  • Kabashi, L. (February, 2014). Developing an Online Course, UW-L
  • Kabashi, L. (February, 2013). Grant for Writing Grants, UW-L

Education

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
M.Ed., Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA
B.s., University of Prishtina, Prishtinë, Republic of Kosovo