The award-winning Pediatric Autism Communication Therapy (PACT) is an evidence-based and video-aided intervention proven to enhance social communication competencies in children aged 2–10 years with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). PACT follows the findings that children with ASD require a style of adapted interaction that is specifically matched to their individual level of social communication.
The six-stage intervention guides adults to match their responses and language to the child’s communication competence and language comprehension. Brief moments of communication interaction are reviewed using video feedback, supporting adults/care givers in improving the child’s individual language and communication skills.
As the first autism intervention rigorously tested in the UK National Health Service, PACT has been proven to significantly and sustainably reduce difficulties in social, communication and repetitive behaviors years after the intervention was delivered.
To understand PACT, the professional first registers for the e-learning presented here by Hogrefe Publishing (or Level 1). This then qualifies the professional for Level 2 training. Completion of Level 2 and the accompanying post-course work will qualify the professional to be able to administer PACT. Details on each of the levels can be found below.
PACT Level 2 training has been delivered in the UK, Italy, France, and Germany, and is being prepared in Spanish.
What is the PACT e-learning programme?
Hogrefe offers a half-day PACT e-learning program (Level 1) for only $249.00 to support professionals wishing to learn more about PACT. Those who register will be given a unique access code to take the e-learning program. The program introduces the techniques and research behind the intervention and it will take approximately 4 hours to complete the tasks. A certificate is then awarded to those who successfully complete the program, which may be used as a record of continuing professional development whether the trainee chooses to embark on further training or not. The certificate is valid for one year for those wishing to proceed to Level 2.
What does the PACT e-learning program provide?To successfully complete the program, trainees must complete three tasks:
Trainees must complete all tasks and score 70% or higher to pass.
There are also additional resources on the e-learning platform that include published articles about PACT research and development, as well as further guidance for professionals using PACT.
Who should take the PACT e-learning program?
PACT mirrors the definitions, terminology and skills outlined in ADOS-2 and will be of interest to speech and language therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, specialist teachers and specialist social workers who deal with children with social communication issues aged 2-10 years.
What are the next steps following PACT e-learning?Those who wish to administer PACT must successfully complete five days of training: