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Spencer, Dr Patricia Elizabeth

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​Dr Patricia Elizabeth Spencer has been a teacher, educational specialist, and educational advocate for deaf and hard-of-hearing students (including those with multiple learning challenges) across the age range of infancy through post-graduate levels.  Her work at the Gallaudet Research Institute focused on early interaction, play, and language development. She retired as Professor in Gallaudet's department of social work in 2004.   Before and after retiring, she has worked internationally as a researcher and educational consultant and has written extensively on issues related to language development and education of deaf and hard-of-hearing children.​