Amanda L. Little, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Amanda L. Little, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Clinical Assistant Professor

Early Childhood Special Education


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 532G
Wednesday: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

512 475-6585 during office hours

512 471-2471

Courses of Instruction
SED 384: Overview of Early Childhood Special Education (fall)
SED 394: Practicum in SED: Early Childhood (fall)
SED 384: Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Special Education (spring)
SED 384: Communication Intervention (spring)
SED 386: Foundations of Positive Behavior Support and Classroom Management (summer, web-based)

Mailing Address
Department of Special Education
1 University Station/D5300
Austin, TX 78712
UT Mail Code: D5300



Ph.D. August 2009. Special Education: Early Childhood, University of Kansas.

M.Ed. Special Education: Early Childhood and Autism, University of Missouri.

Representative Publications

Little, A. L., & Horn, E. M. (submitted). Collaborating with parents during family routines to address challenging behavior: Research to practice. Young Exceptional Children.

O’Reilly, M., Lang, R., Little, A. L., Sigafoos, J., & Lancioni, G. (in press). Aggression. In P. Sturmey & R. Didden (Eds.), Evidence-based practice and intellectual disabilities. London: Wiley.

O’Reilly, M., Little, A. L., Falcomata, T., Fragale, T., Green, V., Sigafoos, J., et al. (2010). Interactive social skils. In J. K. Luiselli (Ed.), Teaching and Behavior Support for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A “How To” Practitioners Guide. New York: Oxford University Press.

Freeman, R. L., Perrin, N. L., Irvin, L., Vincent, C., Newcomer, L., Moore, M., Miller, D., Anderson, S., Kimbrough, P., Little, A. L., et al. (2009). Positive behavior support across the lifespan: Expanding the concept of statewide planning for large scale organizational systems change (PBS Kansas Monograph No. 1). Lawrence Kansas, Schiefelbusch Institute for Lifespan Studies.

*Tyrrell, A. L., Horn, E. M., & Freeman, R. L. (2006). The role of families in the positive behavior support process: Team-based problem solving. Young Exceptional Children, 10(1), 12-21.

*former name

Recent Awards

  • Kansas Division of Early Childhood Outstanding Student DEC Member Award Recipient, February 2007.
  • University of Kansas Outstanding Woman Student in Community Services, University of Kansas Emily Taylor Resource Center, March 2006.

Research Interests and Expertise

Dr. Little's research emphasis is on effective, data based interventions for young children with special needs and behavioral challenges and their families. Specific areas of interest include applied behavior analysis, positive behavior supports, and intervention strategies that support and teach children and families in their home, school, and community settings. Dr. Little is the coordinator for the Early Childhood Special Education area and works closely with the Autism and Developmental Disabilities area.

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • College of Education Technology Planning Committee Member
  • College of Education Faculty Technology Committee
  • College of Education ALD Committee