Rae Sonnenmeier

Rae Sonnenmeier
CLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Clinic Director
Clinical Associate Professor
Phone: (603) 862-1860
Office: Communication Sciences & Disorders, Hewitt Hall Room 181, Durham, NH 03824
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Rae Sonnenmeier, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Clinical Associate Professor and Clinic Director in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and is a licensed speech-language pathologist in New Hampshire. Dr. Sonnenmeier received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of Buffalo in the field of Speech-Language Pathology with expertise in early childhood language disorders, neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, and augmentative communication. Since coming to UNH in 1996 Dr. Sonnenmeier has been actively engaged in the NH-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program in preparing the next generation of leaders who are skilled in interdisciplinary, family-centered practice for children and youth with disabilities and their families. She served as the LEND training director between 1999-2009 and continues to serve as a faculty mentor. She has served on numerous state-level committees dedicated to improving the system of care for individuals with developmental disabilities, including the NH Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders. In 2012 Dr. Sonnenmeier received the Recognition Award from the Early Education and Intervention Network of New Hampshire for outstanding leadership and professional performance on behalf of young children and families in New Hampshire.

Professional Background

Rae M. Sonnenmeier, Ph.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor and Clinic Director with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). She teaches courses on early childhood language disorders, ethics and professional issues, and clinical practice.  Through her work with the CSD Clinical Programs, she provides clinical assessment and consultation regarding best practices for communication development and learning to families, school personnel, early intervention, and other community-based providers.  Dr. Sonnenmeier has been affiliated with the NH-ME LEND program since 1996, serving as Training Director between 1999-2009.  Currently, she serves as faculty to the NH-ME ECHO-SCOPE project providing professional development to early intervention and early care providers regarding supports for infants and children affected by the opioid epidemic.

Courses Taught

  • 701/801: Principles of Assessment
  • 703/803: Ethics and Professional Issues
  • 723: Observation Skills in SLP
  • 831: Early Childhood Language Dis
  • 870: Clinical Practicum
  • 872: Externship
  • COMM 801: Principles of Assessment
  • COMM 803: Ethical & Professional Iss I
  • COMM 831: Early Childhood Language Dis
  • COMM 843: Augmentative & Alternative Cmm
  • COMM 870: Clinical Practicum
  • COMM 872: Externship
  • COMM 880: Principles of Assessment
  • COMM 912: Lang Disorders Birth to Five
  • COMM 914: Augmentative & Alternative Cmn
  • COMM 916: Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • HHS 798/898: Spec Top/Interprof. Colloquium

Education

  • Ph.D., Communicative Disorders & Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • M.A., Speech-Language Pathology, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.S.Ed., Education, State University of New York at Buffalo

Research Interests

  • Autism
  • Communicative Disorders, Speech
  • Early Intervention for People With Disabilities

Selected Publications

  • Humphreys, B. P., Couse, L. J., Sonnenmeier, R. M., Kurtz, A., Russell, S. M., & Antal, P. (2015). Transforming LEND Leadership Training Curriculum through the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies. MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH JOURNAL, 19(2), 300-307. doi:10.1007/s10995-014-1587-8

  • Sonnenmeier, R. M., Jorgensen, C., Bates, K., Frechette, A., & Currin, J. (n.d.). "Nothing about us without us": Including people with disabilities as teaching partners in university courses. International Journal of Whole Schooling. Retrieved from http://www.wholeschooling.net/Journal_of_Whole_Schooling/IJWSindex.html

  • Jorgensen, C. M., McSheehan, M., & Sonnenmeier, R. M. (2010). The Beyond Access Model Promoting Membership, Participation, and Learning for Students with Disabilities in the General Education Classroom. Brookes Pub.

  • McSheehan, M. C. (2008). Membership, Participation, and Learning in General Education Classrooms for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders Who Use AAC.

  • Jorgensen, C. M., McSheehan, M., & Sonnenmeier, R. M. (2007). Presumed competence reflected in the educational programs of students with IDD before and after the Beyond Access professional development intervention. JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY, 32(4), 248-262. doi:10.1080/13668250701704238

  • McSheehan, M., Sonnenmeier, R. M., Jorgensen, C. M., & Turner, K. (2006). Beyond communication access - Promoting learning of the general education curriculum by students with significant disabilities. TOPICS IN LANGUAGE DISORDERS, 26(3), 266-290. doi:10.1097/00011363-200607000-00008

  • Sonnenmeier, R. M., McSheehan, M., & Jorgensen, C. M. (2005). A case study of team supports for a student with autism's communication and engagement within the general education curriculum: Preliminary report of the beyond access model. AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION, 21(2), 101-115. doi:10.1080/07434610500103608

  • Duchan, J. F., & Hewitt, L. E. (1994). Pragmatics from theory to practice. Allyn & Bacon.

  • HIGGINBOTHAM, D. J., SONNENMEIER, R. M., & DUCHAN, J. F. (1993). THE IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY ON FACILITATED COMMUNICATION. TECHNOLOGY AND DISABILITY, 2(3), 68-78. doi:10.3233/TAD-1993-2308

  • STATHOPOULOS, E. T., DUCHAN, J. F., SONNENMEIER, R. M., & BRUCE, N. V. (1986). INTONATION AND PAUSING IN DEAF SPEECH. FOLIA PHONIATRICA, 38(1), 1-12. doi:10.1159/000265814