Waisman Center–Birth To 3 Program
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
(Special Education with an Early Childhood and Administration emphasis)
Program Director, Waisman Center Early Intervention Program
1500 Highland Avenue, Room S101D
Madison, WI 53705
I have had nearly 30 years of experience with children with disabilities and their families. I have been a classroom teacher, a diagnostician, an educational consultant, a teacher educator, an outreach trainer and an administrator. Currently, I am Program Director of the Early Intervention Program at the Waisman Center- University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (formerly University Affiliated Program), University of Wisconsin- Madison http://www.waisman.wisc.edu/cedd/indexfr.html. In this role, I provide leadership to and manage several projects in collaboration with partners and colleagues including: The Wisconsin Birth to 3 Personnel Development and other related training and technical assistance Birth to 3 projects (e.g., Birth to 3 RESource & Wisconsin Sound Beginnings); Bridges for Families Birth to 3 Program of Dane County; The Waisman Center Interdisciplinary Training Program in Early Childhood for university students interested in early childhood; and parent leadership projects including Parents as Leaders and the Wisconsin Parent and Provider Early Learning Network.
I am a member of Wisconsin's Birth to 3 Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) and chair of the ICC Personnel Development Work Group. This past year I taught a web-based course entitled Current Issues and Practices in Early Childhood Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
I have met many people in Wisconsin's Birth to 3 Program as a result of my travels to counties and participation in numerous workshops, conferences and meetings over the past 12 years. Topics of professional interest include: building collaborative early childhood systems, Wisconsin's Birth to 3 Service system, service coordination, inclusive childcare, natural environments, family-centered practices, team building and consultation, early detection and intervention for hearing loss, and parent support and leadership training.
Professional organizations affiliations include: Division for Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children (Wisconsin and National), National Association for the Education of Young Children (and Wisconsin Affiliate, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association), Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners.
Green, M. & Tuchman, L. (ed.). (1996). Wisconsin Birth to Three diversity outreach project: A summary report with resources. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Social Services and the Wisconsin Birth to Three Personnel Development Project.
Mock, M., Whitehead, A., & Tuchman, L. (2002) Parent training programs: Issues and trends in Wisconsin. Madison, WI: Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Rosin, P., Whitehead, A., Tuchman, L ., Jesien, G. , Begun, A. , Irwin, L. (1996). Partnerships in family-centered care: A guide to collaborative early intervention. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company.
Rosin, P., Green, M. , Hecht, L. , Tuchman, L., Robbins, S. (1996). Pathways: A training and resource guide for enhancing skills in early intervention service coordination. Madison, WI: Pathways Service Coordination Project of the Waisman Center University Affiliated Program.
Tuchman, L. (2001), and Children with special needs: Programs in action-Bridges for Families Early Intervention Program. In G.S. Morrison (Ed.), Early childhood education today (pp. 466-467). Columbus, OH: Merrill Prentice Hall.
Tuchman, L. (ed.). (1991-2000), Birth to 6 Events: A newsletter for those who want to Learn More about early intervention for young children with special needs and their families. Madison, WI: Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison & Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, Birth to 3 Program.
Tuchman, L. (1996). An investigation of early intervention service coordination: Wisconsin Service Coordinators' perceptions of the job. An unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Wisconsin, Madison.