Applied Research Unit

The ARU houses numerous research projects aimed at improving the learning, and promoting the successful inclusion, of children with special needs. Current areas of interest include literacy, positive behavior support, autism intervention, and Head Start.

ARU researchers develop curriculum and assessment materials, design instructional strategies, and create technology applications. Researchers then conduct rigorous research on the use of these strategies in everyday settings, including classrooms and homes. ARU researchers use the results of their studies to develop and disseminate sustainable instructional materials and teaching procedures, many of which have become recommended practices in special education.

As a result of this work and the widespread dissemination of the ARU’s innovative practices, countless students are thriving in regular, integrated P-12 classrooms and community programs, and are receiving the education they deserve.