Teaching Social Communication to Children with Autism and Other Developmental Delays (2-book set)

Second Edition
The Project ImPACT Guide to Coaching Parents and The Project ImPACT Manual for Parents

Brooke Ingersoll and Anna Dvortcsak

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July 2, 2019
ISBN 9781462538140
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448 Pages
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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 (ISBN 978-1-4625-3808-9).

Companion Websites
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 Project ImPACT is one of two parent-implemented interventions cited as evidence-based practices by the National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practice.

“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.”

Doody's Review Service

“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

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).


Clinical and school psychologists, child psychiatrists, early and special educators, social workers, ABA specialists, speech–language pathologists, neuropsychologists, and pediatricians, who will use the approach with parents.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

First Edition, © 2010
ISBN: 9781606234426
New to this edition: