momParent training is an essential component of successful early intervention and early childhood special education programs for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).   Project ImPACT (Improving Parents aCommunication Teachers) is an evidence-based parent training program that teaches parents to promote their child’s social-communication skills during daily routines and activities.  The program was developed by Brooke Ingersoll, PhD, BCBA-D and Anna Dvortcsak, MS, CCC-SLP. Our lab conducts research on the efficacy and effectiveness of this intervention program, as well as successful methods for training others to implement it.


Project ImPACT uses a blend of developmental and naturalistic behavioral intervention strategies to teach social engagement, language, imitation, and play.  Developmental techniques are taught first to promote parent responsiveness and improve social reciprocity. Naturalistic behavioral techniques are taught next as a way of teaching specific language, imitation, and play behaviors.   The program uses effective methods for teaching parents, including written and spoken descriptions of techniques, videotaped examples, homework, and parent practice with coaching. 

The curriculum, Teaching Social Communication to Children with Autism, guilfordincludes a trainer’s manual with detailed procedures for conducting each session, PowerPoint presentations for the group sessions, a DVD with examples of parents using the intervention techniques with their children, and a variety of forms for the trainer.  It also includes a parent manual which provides a description of each technique in parent-friendly language and homework.  The curriculum is published by Guildford Press.

Provider Training

We offer training to prepare intervention providers to implement Project ImPACT with children and families.  Training involves the completion of our Introductory Workshop and consultation from a Certified Project ImPACT Trainer Consultant to help providers meet fidelity of implementation in the use of the intervention directly with children and the parent training model with caregivers. For additional information on our provider training options, click here.

Upcoming Trainings

We will be hosting a 2-day Introductory Workshop in East Lansing, MI in May 2018.

The 2-day Introductory Workshop provides initial preparation for professionals to implement Project ImPACT with children with ASD and their caregivers.  It uses use active learning strategies to introduce workshop attendees to the intervention techniques and parent coaching strategies. Prior to attending the workshop, all attendees must complete a 6-hour, Project ImPACT Online Tutorial.

The cost of the workshop is $525 per person, which includes the cost of the Online Tutorial and the Manuals.    At the end of the workshop, attendees will be provided with a certificate of completion.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided and CEUs for ASHA, State Board, and Social Work will be available.

Dates will be announced in January 2018.