Sulynn Miao Humanities and Social Science
Effects of Statistical Training on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
My research project is a continuation of research already being done by the Berkeley Early Learning Lab that has sought to understand children with autism spectrum disorder’s (ASD) abilities to make statistical inferences. This ability is important because it allows typically developing children to make generalizations about the world and learn, and if hindered in children with ASD, could have cascading consequences in learning and development. ASD is a disorder that the world still does not know much about, therefore research is of the utmost importance to help develop better treatments, interventions, understandings, and lives for children and adults with ASD. My project takes this a step further to test if children with ASD show differences in their abilities to make statistical inferences when given a brief skills training. The results could have important implications for the ways we think about and treat ASD.