Math Talk


PI: Stephanie Morano, morano@Virginia.edu, Assistant Professor, Curry School of Education

Description:
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.