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Project ImPACT

Project ImPACT (Improving Parents as Communication Teachers) is a parent training programme that teaches parents to promote their child's social-communication skills during daily routines and activities.

The programme uses a blend of developmental and naturalistic behavioural intervention strategies to teach social engagement, language, imitation, and play.  

Developmental techniques are taught first to promote parent responsiveness and improve social reciprocity. Naturalistic behavioural techniques are taught next as a way of teaching specific language, imitation, and play behaviors.   

The programme uses methods for teaching parents, including written and spoken descriptions of techniques, videotaped examples, homework, and parent practice with coaching.

Project ImPACT was developed by Ingersoll and Dvortcsak at Michigan State University.

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