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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June 10, 2019
ISBN 9781462538089
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134 Pages
Size: 8" x 10½"
June 10, 2019
Price: $30.00 $25.50
134 Pages
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134 Pages
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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, 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 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

“When it comes to early childhood development, parents’ knowledge and skills can make all the difference. The second editions of the Manual for Parents and the Guide to Coaching Parents are infused with the latest research. 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.”

—Joel Arick, PhD, Department of Special Education (Emeritus), Portland State University; Research and Curriculum Developer, STAR Autism Support

“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 success.”

—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. 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).


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: