The U.S. Department of Education has awarded California State University, Northridge nearly $1 million for a new, collaborative project designed to bridge the professional divide between special education teachers and behavior analysts that work with young children with disabilities with high-intensity needs.

The $907,584 five-year grant from the Office of Special Education Programs in the U.S. Department of Education has been awarded to the Early Childhood Special Education Program in CSUN’s Department of Special Education and the Applied Behavior Analysis Program in CSUN’s Department of Psychology.

“It’s understood that the sooner parents can get support for their children with high-intensity needs the more likely it is that those children will make better progress,” said special education professor Zhen Chai, who is heading the project with

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