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Dvortcsak Speech and Language Services, Inc
Focusing on Children with Autism & Social Communication Disorders
Workshops
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Autism Parent Training

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Course Description
Course Objectives
About Project ImPACT:  Project ImPACT is an evidence-based intervention that teaches social communication to children with autism spectrum (ASD) and related disorders ages 18 months to 6 years.  Project ImPACT is a Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention or NDBI. This means it uses a blend of developmental and naturalistic behavioral intervention techniques that are compatible with a variety of intervention models.  It can be used as a direct intervention or a parent-mediated intervention.  The parent-training component uses effective methods for teaching parents and can be implemented in either an individual or group format.

The goal of the 3-day Introductory Workshop is to introduce intervention providers to Project ImPACT, an evidence-based, naturalistic intervention aimed at increasing social-communication skills in young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Days 1 and 2 will focus on the intervention framework, developing intervention goals, and the intervention techniques. Day 3 will focus on using adult learning strategies to teach parents the intervention techniques. The workshop will include didactic training and interactive activities, including role-play, small group activities, and discussion

The goal of this workshop series is to introduce individuals to Project ImPACT, an evidence-based intervention that teaches social communication to children with autism spectrum (ASD) and related disorders ages 18 months to 6 years.  It uses a blend of developmental and naturalistic behavioral intervention strategies that are compatible with a variety of intervention models.  It can be used in as a direct intervention or a parent-mediated intervention.  The parent-training component uses effective methods for teaching parents and can be implemented in either an individual or group format. The goal is for participants to become familiar with using the intervention so that they are able to use it within their organization directly with the children that they service. In addition, participants will be taught how to implement the program in a parent-training format within their organization.

LEARING OBJECTIVES: By the end of this workshop, attendees should be able to:

  • Identify benefits of parent training
  • Understand how to implement Project ImPACT within their organization.
  • Identify the intervention strategies used in Project ImPACT
  • Describe the intervention techniques encompassed in this program including the rationale and the critical components of each technique
  • Understand the format of the program
  • Understand how to present information to parents
  • Understand how to provide parents with hands-on coaching when working with their child
Becoming Certified in Project ImPACT
Additional Training Option
 In order to achieve fidelity in Project ImPACT, it is highly recommended that you receive consultation in your use of the intervention with children and the parent training model from a Certified ImPACT Trainer.  Consultation should begin within 2 months of attending the Introductory Workshop. Consultation involves 6, 1-hour consultation meetings with an ImPACT Training via phone or skype. The provider must submit training materials and video for review prior to each consultation meeting.  Most providers are able to achieve fidelity in the intervention and parent training model after these sessions.  The cost of consultation is $1200 for video review and 6 consultation meetings. If the provider does not achieve fidelity, s/he may submit additional video for review at $150 per video until fidelity is achieved. Once the provider has achieved fidelity, s/he will receive a certificate indicating s/he has met fidelity of implementation. Once completed, the provider is able to train and supervise other providers in the program in his/her organization with whom s/he has frequent contact.

Prerequisite Qualifications
  • Work regularly with 1 to 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related disorders
  • Have educational degrees beyond a bachelor’s or the academic equivalent from your country of origin (e.g., MA, Ph.D., MFT, SLP, OT);
  • Have the resources to submit training materials (after the workshop is complete) to our center for consultation and fidelity review.

We can provide organizations near Portland, OR with on-going group consultation meetings for multiple providers who have completed the Introductory Workshop to assist them in their implementation of Project ImPACT. Group consultation meetings involve feedback on case presentations, problem-solving around difficult cases, peer supervision strategies, and group discussion of implementation issues. This option is designed for organizations in which one or more staff members are pursuing certification and is not a replacement for individual consultation for obtaining certification. The cost of group supervision is $300 per meeting.


​Anna received the outstanding Teaching Award from the Oregon Speech and Hearing Association in October of 2006 for her development of the parent training program “Teaching Social Communication Skills to Children with Autism: A parent training approach”.

Anna Dvortcsak has been working with Early Intervention sites throughout the state of Oregon to implement parent training as a component of early intervention services. This project is being conducted in collaboration with the Regional Program Autism Training Sites (RPATS), cosponsored by the Oregon Department of Education and Portland State University.