Recognized as one of the most effective coaching programs for parents of young children (up to age 6) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related social communication delays, this two-book set has been fully revised and updated. It presents everything needed to implement Project ImPACT, an intervention curriculum that teaches parents ways to enhance children's social engagement, communication, imitation, and play skills, within meaningful activities and daily routines. The Guide to Coaching Parents provides a complete introduction and step-by-step coaching procedures for practitioners working with individual parents or groups. The Manual for Parents, which includes 20 reproducible forms, helps parents master the strategies and use them at home. Both volumes have a convenient large-size format. The parent manual is also sold separately.
Purchasers get access to a companion website featuring 42 reproducible forms for practitioners and parents (several of which can be filled in onscreen before printing), as well as video clips of the techniques and PowerPoint slides for use in teaching parent groups. A second companion website for parents features the parent forms and video clips only.
New to This Edition
• Reflects the latest research and the ongoing development of Project ImPACT.
• Streamlines the program for teaching parents—presents five main strategies that build on each other.
• Appropriate for a broader range of children, including those without an ASD diagnosis who have social
• Optional unit on managing significant behavioral challenges.
• Additional visuals, graphics, and forms that facilitate learning.
• Expanded information on engaging parents, goal development, data collection, and adapting the
program for a variety of settings.
“This two-book set is a terrific resource for coaching parents to promote their child’s social communication development. It includes case studies, downloadable forms, and online video clips. Providers working in community and clinical settings alike will appreciate the flexibility of this intervention. Guidelines are given for use in group as well as individual formats, and for children at different stages of language development. The session-by-session framework offers numerous practical strategies for engaging parents, working collaboratively to set goals, and providing performance feedback. Troubleshooting tips and guidance for managing challenging behaviors will help parents get the most out of coaching.”
—Wendy L. Stone, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Washington; Director, Research on Early Autism Detection and Intervention (READi) Lab
“A marvelous resource, now in an updated second edition. This two-book set is flexible, evidence based, and easy to use in a range of settings with individuals or groups. Parents learn five major strategies—Focus on your child, Adjust your communication, Create opportunities, Teach new skills, and Shape the interaction—that can benefit children with a range of social communication problems, in addition to more classic autism.”
—Fred R. Volkmar, MD, Irving B. Harris Professor, Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine
“When it comes to early childhood development, parents’ knowledge and skills can make all the difference. The second editions of the Guide to Coaching Parents and the Manual for Parents are infused with the latest research. Filled with practical skill-building techniques, Project ImPACT is truly a practitioner’s dream. The two-book set—complete with PowerPoint coach slides and online video examples—provides the tools to effectively implement this excellent intervention. In my work in schools and clinics, I have seen incredibly positive results as parents implement these strategies at home in combination with a school-based program. I wholeheartedly recommend this program to practitioners working with families of children with ASD and other developmental delays.”
—Joel Arick, PhD, Department of Special Education (Emeritus), Portland State University; Research and Curriculum Developer, STAR Autism Support
Table of Contents
The Project ImPACT Guide to Coaching Parents
I. An Introduction to Project ImPACT
1. Project ImPACT: An Overview
2. Planning and Implementing Project ImPACT
3. Collaborating with Parents in Project ImPACT
4. Project ImPACT Intake
II. Individual Parent Coaching Model Guidelines
Unit 1. Getting Started
Unit 2. Focus on Your Child
Unit 3. Adjust Your Communication
Unit 4. Create Opportunities
Unit 5. Teach New Skills
Unit 6. Shape the Interaction
Unit 7. Moving Forward
Unit 8. (Optional) Manage Your Child’s Challenging Behavior
III. Group Parent Coaching Model Guidelines
Unit 1. Getting Started
Unit 2. Focus on Your Child and Adjust Your Communication
Unit 3. Create Opportunities
Unit 4. Teach New Communication Skills
Unit 5. Teach New Imitation and Play Skills
Unit 6. Shape the Interaction and Moving Forward
Appendix. Web-Based Materials
The Project ImPACT Manual for Parents
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
About the Authors
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. She 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. Ms. Dvortcsak conducts research on the efficacy of interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder and has presented her findings at professional conferences and in peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. With Brooke Ingersoll, she is codeveloper of Project ImPACT (Improving Parents As Communication Teachers).