My clinical and research interests address young children's early experiences and environments and how these contribute to their early development. I am especially committed to promoting family-centered practice in early intervention through building family capacity and supporting parents. I also have an interest in understanding and supporting young children's self-regulation in preschool as a foundation for educational participation, especially for at-risk populations. As an occupational therapy clinician, I provided early intervention services and school-based special education services, working together with children, parents, and teachers.
Decker, K.B., Foster, T.D., Leverett, P., Belleville, A. (October, 2016). Practitioners' Reports of Everyday Practice: Alignment with and Barriers to Recommended Practices. Presented at The Division for Early Childhood Annual Conference, Louisville, Kentucky.
Foster, T. D., Froyen, L. A., Decker, K. B., Skibbe, L. E., & Bowles, R. P. (2016). Fathers' and mothers' home learning environments and children's early academic outcomes. Reading and Writing, 1-19.
Vallotton, C.D.,Mastergeorge, A.M., Foster, T. D., Decker, K. B., & Ayoub, C. (2016). Parenting supports for early vocabulary development: Specific effects of sensitivity and stimulation through infancy. Infancy.
Karsten, A. E., Foster, T. D., Decker, K. E., & Vallotton, C. D. (in press). Toddlers take emotion regulation into their own hands with infant signs. Young Children.
Foster, T.D., Samples-Steele, C., & Skibbe, L.E. (2015). Imagination Library: Relations between child participation and performance on the PALS. Report prepared for Great Start Collaborative of Jackson County.
Gerde, H. K., & Foster, T. D., Skibbe, L. E. (2014). Beyond the Pencil: Expanding the Occupational Therapists' Role in Helping Young Children to Develop Writing Skills. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2(1).
Montroy, J. J., Skibbe, L. E., Bowles, R. P., & Foster, T. D. (2014). Social skills and problem behaviors as mediators in the relationship between behavioral self- regulation and academic achievement. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 29(3), 298-309.
Foster, T. D. (October, 2012). Learning and Playing: Supports for Children with Special Needs. Presented to Capital Community Services, Head Start. Lansing, MI.