Preschool Autism Communication Trial (PACT).

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Research Project Agreement [RPA]


The Pre-school Autism Communication Trial was a Medical Research Council randomised controlled trial that ran between 2006 and 2010. It tested a parent-mediated communication-based intervention for young children with autism.

The PACT study tested a therapy that aimed to enhance parent-child communication in autism and the social and language development of the child.

The approach aims to help parents adapt their communication style to their child’s impairments and respond to their child with enhanced sensitivity and responsiveness.

There is a focus on increasing shared attention through eye-gaze, sharing, showing and giving.

Parents are encouraged to use language that is tailored to their child’s level of understanding.

Parents are also introduced to strategies that facilitate child communication and participation, such as action routines, repeated verbal scripts and the use of elaborations, pauses, and teasing.
Short titleR:KAF 3036:Preschool Autis
Effective start/end date13/02/0618/04/10

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