Preschool Autism Communication Trial (PACT).

Project Details


The Pre-school Autism Communication Trial was a Medical Research Council randomised controlled trial that ran between 2006 and 2010. It tested a parent-mediated communication-based intervention for young children with autism.

The PACT study tested a therapy that aimed to enhance parent-child communication in autism and the social and language development of the child.

The approach aims to help parents adapt their communication style to their child’s impairments and respond to their child with enhanced sensitivity and responsiveness.

There is a focus on increasing shared attention through eye-gaze, sharing, showing and giving.

Parents are encouraged to use language that is tailored to their child’s level of understanding.

Parents are also introduced to strategies that facilitate child communication and participation, such as action routines, repeated verbal scripts and the use of elaborations, pauses, and teasing.
Short titleR:KAF 3036:Preschool Autis
Effective start/end date13/02/0618/04/10

Collaborative partners

  • The University of Manchester (lead)
  • Institute of Child Health (Joint applicant)
  • Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (Joint applicant)
  • Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Joint applicant)
  • Institute of Education (Sub-contractor)
  • Institute of Psychiatry (Joint applicant)
  • Newcastle University (Joint applicant)

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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