Project ImPACT – Parent coaching in social communication

By March 2, 2020 Project ImPACT
Project ImPACT is a parent training program that equips parents with the knowledge and skills to teach their child social communication skills

What is Project ImPACT?

Project ImPACT is an evidence-based parent-mediated intervention program based on best practices in early intervention.

  • Teaches core social communication skills in a developmental framework
  • Uses a blend of developmental and ABA teaching strategies within play and daily caregiving routines
  • Uses effective parent coaching and engagement strategies to help parents learn and use the intervention
  • Includes elements to support community use, including detailed procedures, family-friendly materials, and two flexible delivery models

Who is Project ImPACT for?

Project ImPACT is for young children with social communication delays, including autism spectrum disorder. It is designed for children up to age six, but may be used for older children with cognitive and language delays.

How was Project ImPACT developed?

Project ImPACT is the result of over 15 years of research and development. The developers worked together with families, providers, administrators, and experts to ensure that Project ImPACT can be used effectively in a variety of community intervention programs.

Who can deliver Project ImPACT?

A variety of early intervention professionals – including speech pathologists, BCBAs, special educators, social workers, psychologists, and occupational therapists – can coach families effectively in Project ImPACT.

What can families expect?

Project ImPACT is a 12-week program that can be delivered as an individual or group coaching model. In both models, sessions focus on helping parents learn strategies to teach their child new social communication skills and manage their child’s behaviour.

Individual coaching model: The parent, child, and coach meet once or twice a week for 60-90 minute sessions for 12 weeks

Group coaching model: The parent attends six, 2-hour parent-only group sessions, and meets with the child and coach for six, 1- hour individual coaching sessions. Group and individual sessions alternate weekly for 12 weeks.

The coach and parent work together to set child goals, learn and practice, strategies and problem solve

Between session, parents practice what they learn to teach their child new skills

What are the benefits of Project ImPACT?

  • Children get many more hours of learning and practice, which improves their social communication
  • Children learn in meaningful activities, which helps them use skills in new situations and over time
  • Parents feel more confident supporting their child’s development
  • Parents experience less stress and have more positive parent-child interactions

Where can I access Project ImPACT?

OneOnOne Children’s Therapy is thrilled to be the first clinic in Australia to offer Project ImPACT. Our Clinical Director, Susan Marden, went to the USA last year to take part in the training program. She is completing her training and will become the first Certified Project ImPACT therapist in Australia. The other therapists in our clinic have started training in Project ImPACT and we look forward to having more certified Project ImPACT therapists in our clinic. It is exciting to add Project ImPACT to our ESDM intervention – helping young children with autism achieve their potential. Project ImPACT is our parent coaching program and ESDM is our individual intervention program. Both programs work together seamlessly. If you are interested in learning more about Project ImPACT then call us on (02) 80657837 or email us here.