Marilyn Espe-Sherwindt

Marilyn Espe-Sherwindt, PhD, is Director of the Family Child Learning Center (FCLC).

FCLC is a demonstration, research and training center that focuses exclusively on issues related to young children with disabilities and their families. FCLC is a community-based program of Akron Children’s Hospital (ACH) and since its inception has been a national model for best practices in early intervention, particularly as related to family-centered services, developmentally appropriate practices for children with disabilities, and innovative technology.

Dr. Espe-Sherwindt has directed multiple federal and state-funded demonstration, personnel preparation and outreach projects, and has served as the external evaluator for other projects.

Her research publications, presentations and workshops have focused on collaboration, family-centered practices, family engagement, implementation science, early identification and intervention of ASD, and the use of technology to deliver early intervention services and supports.

Through grants and contracts with various state and local agencies and organizations, she has designed and implemented program evaluation, written guidance documents, and developed and delivered inservice training for families, early intervention providers, Head Start, and preschool education personnel.

Most recently she was a member of the national work group charged with revising the DEC Recommended Family-Based Practices.

Currently Dr. Espe-Sherwindt also serves as Adjunct Faculty, Institute of Child Study, Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal, and as a member of Ohio’s Part C Stakeholder Work Group.   She has served as the Early Childhood Consultant for Ohio’s Autism Diagnosis Education Project since its inception in 2008.