Teaching Social Communication to Children with Autism and Other Developmental Delays

Second Edition
The Project ImPACT Manual for Parents

Brooke Ingersoll and Anna Dvortcsak

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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, bathtime, bedtime, and playtime. Designed for use as part of a therapist-guided program, the manual has a convenient large-size format and includes 20 reproducible forms. You also get access to a companion website, where you can download and print the forms for repeated use and view video clips of parents using the techniques. 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

“This two-book set combines an excellent guide for coaching parents with a manual for parents. It is written by experts and is very practical, providing a step-by-step approach to learning the principles and techniques. This will be of great benefit to clinicians and parents alike.”

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“A marvelous resource, now in an updated second edition. 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

“The strategies and tools in this book empower parents to improve their child's social engagement, communication, imitation, and play. The online videos, troubleshooting tips, and guidance for managing challenging behaviors will help maximize parents' success.”

—Wendy L. Stone, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Washington; Director, Research on Early Autism Detection and Intervention (READi) Lab

“I have used Project ImPACT for the past 11 years with parents and always receive positive feedback. Participants often share that this was the most valuable training they have received. The Manual for Parents is organized in a systematic way that makes sense to families. Families can easily incorporate these techniques into their daily routines, and often see immediate results.”

—Brenda Hancock, MEd, autism specialist, Northwest Regional Education Service District, Hillsboro, Oregon

Table of Contents

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

Further Reading

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).


Parents of young children with social communication delays, who can use the book as part of a coaching program or on their own.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

First Edition, © 2010
ISBN: 9781606234402
New to this edition: