PI: Stephanie Morano, morano@Virginia.edu, Assistant Professor, Curry School of Education
This project focuses on developing and testing an innovative mathematics intervention for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The intervention will aim to improve problem-solving performance in the probability and statistics content strand with a focus on supported mathematical communication. Intervention lessons will use embedded communication supports to enhance mathematics discussion and reasoning, and will combine best practices for problem-solving instruction from the mathematics education and special education literatures. By targeting the mathematics performance of students with ASD, Math Talk addresses a critically understudied area of inquiry and will directly address the IACC’s goal to develop a range of targeted interventions to optimize function and abilities for people on the autism spectrum. For students with ASD, improved problem solving performance can increase quality-of-life by developing self-determination skills and providing access to a variety of educational and vocational opportunities dependent on mathematics proficiency.