Transforming Autism Treatment Worldwide: the Manchester-led Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy (PACT)

Impact: Health and wellbeing, Society and culture


University of Manchester researchers developed an early childhood intervention, representing a paradigm shift by working directly through parents rather than exclusively with the child. It is the first treatment to have achieved sustained improvement in autism symptom severity before and after diagnosis and with improved parental well-being. Over 600 professionals in more than 21 countries have been trained to date and >80% with actual or planned implementation with multiple families. It has influenced policy guidance internationally and has been adapted and evidenced for low and medium income country settings. International survey evidence shows high acceptability, implementation and effectiveness.
Impact dateAug 2013Dec 2020
Category of impactHealth and wellbeing, Society and culture
Impact levelAdoption