Early research by former MCPER staffers Michael Solis, now an assistant professor of education at the University of Virginia, and Farah El Zein, an assistant professor at Cleveland State University, indicates that embedding the perseverative interest—or an "unwavering focus on a specific interest"—of a child with autism spectrum disorder in reading instruction can improve engagement and reading comprehension. Solis and El Zein developed an intervention that embeds a child's interests into a story. To read the full story on this work, visit the University of Virginia website.
In an upcoming talk, Arizona State University's Daniel Rivera will explain how control systems engineering concepts developed in the chemical processes industry can be applied to adaptive behavioral interventions. Rivera will present "Optimized Behavioral Interventions: What Does Control Systems Engineering Have to Offer?" from 1 to 2 p.m. on February 11 in the Dean's Conference Room (SZB 238). Rivera is a professor of chemical engineering and program director of the Control Systems Engineering Laboratory at Arizona State.