Haring Center

Dr. Jennifer Fung

A knowledgeable and relatable expert on parenting young children with autism and other special needs

Dr. Jennifer Fung is a researcher, trainer, consultant, and educator who has dedicated her career to ensuring that all young children, including those with disabilities, have a strong start to their educational journeys. She also ensures and that their parents have the tools they need to nurture and raise their children with confidence. Jennifer is a passionate advocate for high quality, inclusive early education, and enlightens others on the most recent developmental research. She promotes the daily use of scientifically sound practices in a way that is inspiring, relatable, and focused on usable strategies and solutions.

Jennifer’s background includes a master’s and doctorate degree from the University of Washington, with specializations in early childhood special education and parent education and support. She is leadership faculty at the UW’s Haring Center for Inclusive Education, a research and training center focused on improving outcomes for children of all abilities. Jennifer’s work has focused on coaching teachers, school professionals, and parents to provide the support that all children, including those who learn differently, need to be active, happy, contributing members of their communities and classrooms. Jennifer knows (and can show you the evidence to support!) that children learn and develop best when they are taught side by side.

Dr. Fung has spoken to audiences nationally and internationally on topics such as “Teach Your Children Well: Inclusive Education and Character Development”, “Let’s Play: Helping Children with Autism Make Friends”, and “Creating Caring Classrooms”.

Jennifer lives in Seattle with her husband and young daughter, and is a runner, donut enthusiast, and active UW volunteer.