There are seven million exceptional children with special needs
in our American school system, such as children with autism
spectrum development. They have the right to appropriate and
comparable educational opportunities. Truly meeting the needs
of these children requires a commitment to integrating advances
in educational science, neuroscience, and social policy.
Nicole Sparapani is an assistant professor in the School of
Education and faculty member at the UC Davis MIND Institute. Her
research interests center around the development and evaluation
of effective educational practices for students with Autism
Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Dr. Sparapani practiced as a certified
speech-language pathologist on an interdisciplinary team serving
preschool children with ASD for several years before pursuing her
Ph.D. in Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State
University and postdoctoral training at Arizona State University.