Dr. Armenuhi Avagyan is a Fulbright Scholar from Armenia working on postdoctoral research with the Reading Education and Special Education(RESE) department, housed in Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education (RCOE). She will be on campus until June 2019.
Avagyan attended Armenian State Pedagogical University for both her predoctoral work and her doctoral work on dyslexia, which she completed in 2001. Her postdoctoral research focuses on Autism and early intervention, namely the full array of methods that professionals use in America when teaching students with Autism and specifically learning early intervention assessments and strategies.
She asks, “What alternative communication methods do professionals use when students do not speak?” Avagyan will compare these methods to methods utilized in Armenia.
She is also focusing on high technology communication means and technology-based speaking programs, determining which communication programs and high technology programs are more accessible for Armenian children.
Avagyan also has a professional practice as a speech therapist in Armenia and in 2017 established a foundation for educational research and outreach for teachers, administrators, and specialists working with students with disabilities.
“I have been in this field for over 20 years working with preservice and inservice teachers as well as specialists in Armenia, and I saw the need of providing evidence-based intervention to children in need of these services,” she said. “So, I started the foundation to help address the education needs of children in Armenia.”