Researchers at the UC Davis' MIND Institute want to find the best way to help children with autism spectrum disorder excel in school.
Most studies focus on development in pre-schoolers.
Last year, researchers at the institute began a study with children eight to 12-years-old to examine learning, memory and school performance.
Marjorie Solomon is an associate professor of psychiatry at UC Davis. She says school success is a potent predictor of success in adulthood.
“This is the age when they are actually going to school and they’re engaging in primary education and so we want to see how those early factors predict how they do in school because it’s so critically important,” says Solomon.