Helping parents generalize PCIT skills to manage ASD-related behaviors: Handouts and clinical applications

Catherine A. Burrows, Meaghan V. Parladé, Dainelys Garcia, Jason F Jent

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1 Scopus citations


This chapter will provide several handouts for parents to help tailor Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) skills to manage autism spectrum disorder (ASD)-related behaviors (e.g., repetitive play, sensory dysregulation, insistence on sameness, poor social skills). Handouts cover how to manage ASD-related behaviors within the context of PCIT’s two phases: Child-Directed Interaction (CDI) and Parent-Directed Interaction (PDI). The chapter will additionally provide strategies for clinicians to help parents generalize skill acquisition to the home (e.g., additional considerations for setting up Special Time practice) and community environments (e.g., using CDI skills throughout the day). This chapter and the accompanying parent handouts aim to provide information for clinicians to best support families of children with ASD in generalizing these skills to manage ASD-related behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Children on the Autism Spectrum
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9783030032135
ISBN (Print)9783030032128
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Clinical applications
  • Generalization
  • Parent-child interaction therapy
  • Tailoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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