I am a self-funded PhD student. My research focuses on how mathematical abilities develop and vary in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders – such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Down Syndrome and William Syndrome. I am interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying cognition and in bridging the gaps between neuroscience, developmental psychology and education.

In the last 4 years, I built up experience working both as Research Assistant for several projects on child development and as Teaching Assistant in mainstream and special schools based in London. During these experiences I started wondering about the belief that individuals with ASD are gifted in mathematics. In order to assess this assumption, I wrote a systematic review of the studies that analysed mathematical abilities in the autistic population. In light of these findings, I started a new project aimed at measuring the variability of mathematical skills in individuals with ASD.

Recently I’ve become interested in the importance of Home Learning Environment and its influence on the development of mathematical skills of children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

If you would like to know more, just contact me at e.ranzato@kingston.ac.uk

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erica-ranzato-a93016a1/

 

Conferences

Ranzato E. (June, 2018). Counting and subitizing abilities in Williams syndrome and Down syndrome: Evidence from eye tracking. European Conference on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. University of Padua, IT.

Ranzato E. (December, 2017). Development of mathematical abilities in ASD. The Seattle Club annual conference on intellectual and developmental disabilities. Durham University, UK.

Ranzato E., Van Herwegen J. (September, 2017). Building a foundation to develop an intervention to remediate humour comprehension deficits in Down syndrome. Down Syndrome Research Forum. University of Hertfordshire, UK.

Ranzato E. (September, 2016). Number development in ASD. Poster presented at Workshop on Domain-General and Domain-Specific Foundation of Numerical and Arithmetic Processing. University of Tübingen, DE.