For young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and others who have challenges in interacting and communicating, early intervention is key--and parents can play a vital role. Developed through work with hundreds of families, this book presents engaging, evidence-based techniques for enriching your child's social-communication skills (up to age 6). The strategies can be easily integrated into daily routines, such as meals, bath time, bed time, and play time. Designed for use as part of a therapist-guided program, the manual has a convenient large-size format and includes 22 reproducible forms, plus access to a companion website where you can download and print the forms for repeated use. Professionals who want to implement Project ImPACT should purchase the authors’ two-book set (ISBN 978-1-4625-3814-0), which includes this manual plus a coach's guide.
New to This Edition
*Reflects the latest research and the ongoing development of the authors' approach.
*Even more user-friendly; skills parents need to learn are simplified and streamlined.
*Chapter on managing challenging behavior.
*Numerous graphics to help you remember and use the strategies.
*Appropriate for a broader range of children, including those without an ASD diagnosis.
Brooke Ingersoll, PhD, BCBA-D, is Associate Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University, where she is director of the Autism Research Lab. She has published extensively on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of social-communication interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families, and provides training to professionals nationally and internationally. With Anna Dvortcsak, she is codeveloper of Project ImPACT (Improving Parents as Communication Teachers).
Anna Dvortcsak, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech pathologist in private practice in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Dvortcsak provides consulting, training to families with children with autism spectrum disorder and social-communication disorders, individualized speech and language services, and training to professionals nationally and internationally. With Brooke Ingersoll, she is codeveloper of Project ImPACT (Improving Parents as Communication Teachers).
About This Manual
1. Getting Started
2. Focus on Your Child
3. Adjust Your Communication
4. Create Opportunities
5. Teach New Skills
6. Shape the Interaction
7. Moving Forward
8. (Optional) Manage Your Child’s Challenging Behavior