At the heart of Dr. Amaral's approach to care is an appreciation of the whole child. He strives to not only understand a child's cognitive strengths and weaknesses, but also how their medical history, emotional function, socioeconomic well-being, family structure, and culture affect their daily functioning. Dr. Amaral's approach is to identify factors that may affect the patients development and to provide recommendations geared toward promoting more optimal outcomes.
To date, his research interests include exploring cognitive and social development in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with an emphasis on how contextual factors affect task performance. Current projects examine motor coordination, socialization, mental flexibility, language development and learning patterns.