PASS: Parent -mediated intervention for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in South Asia

Project Details


The Parent-mediated intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders in South Asia (PASS) study is an adaptation and implementation of the PACT (Pre-school Autism Communication Trial) intervention in Pakistan and Southern India.

PASS involves culturally adapting and assessing the feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of the PACT intervention in South Asian local settings.

The PACT intervention trains parents to help their children communicate and has been found to help parents communicate with their children in a more sensitive and responsive way, which leads to increased communication from the child.

This project aimed to adapt this intervention carefully so that it can be used by parents of children in low-income countries like these. Because there are very few specialists in these settings, the project explored the impact of the delivery of the intervention by trained and supervised non-specialists.

Summary of outcomes

• Successful adaptation of the PACT intervention to ensure acceptability to local communities and build the clinical capacity of South Asian teams to deliver the intervention.
• Successful development of a training/supervision ‘task-shifting’ pathway, enabling non-specialists, under specialist supervision, to deliver the intervention with parents.
• Successful development of a measurement protocol, along with relevant training and competency measures for non-specialists to deliver the PASS intervention.
Short titleR:KAF PASS:
Effective start/end date1/05/1230/04/14

Collaborative partners

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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