What is PACT?
Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy (PACT) is a theory-based, adult-mediated and video-aided intervention designed to improve social communication competencies in children aged 2–10 years with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). PACT follows findings that children with ASD require a style of adapted interaction that is specifically matched to their individual level of social communication.
The 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/carers in enhancing the child’s individual language and communication skills.
In all, the programme has six stages with the pace of the intervention varied according to individual needs, although not all children accomplish the higher stages. PACT has been rigorously tested to show sustained impact on reduction in the severity of autism symptoms with effects that last for years beyond the initial intervention.
To understand PACT, the professional first registers for the e-learning (Level 1), which then qualifies them for the face-to-face training (Level 2). 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.
What is the PACT e-learning programme?
Hogrefe offers a half-day PACT e-learning programme (Level 1) for only £299.00 + VAT to support professionals wishing to learn more about PACT. Those who register will be given a unique access code to take the e-learning programme. The programme 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 programme. The certificate 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 programme provide?
To successfully complete the programme, trainees must complete three tasks:
• Read the Introduction to the PACT e-learning programme
• Watch video clips of PACT interventions and answer multiple choice questions about each of the six stages of PACT
• Watch videos of a full PACT session
To successfully complete the programme, trainees must complete all the tasks and answer 70% or more of the questions correctly.
There are also additional resources provided 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 programme?
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:
• Level 1: A half-day e-learning programme with Hogrefe
• Level 2: Two days face-to-face training with IMPACT (Interaction Method for Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy) with an additional two and a half days post-course work with IMPACT. Full details of the training with IMPACT can be found here.
Upcoming dates for face-to-face training:
17 – 18 January 2019
7 – 8 March 2019
15 – 16 July 2019
12 – 13 September 2019
21 – 22 November 2019
13 – 14 November 2018, AETAPI, Cartagena, Spain
20 – 21 June 2019, Marseille, France
5 – 6 September 2019, Tuscany Italy
14 – 15 November 2019, Toulouse, France
21 – 22 March 2019, Lyon, France