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Modified PCIT for a Child with ASD and Significant Delays

Description

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an empirically-supported, parent training program increasingly used to address disruptive behaviors in children with high functioning ASD. In this case study, a modified version of PCIT was used with a 3-year-old child with severe ASD symptoms and significant cognitive and communication delays, as well as a history of aggression and noncompliance. Parents were taught behavioral strategies that resulted in improved parenting skills, decreased parent stress and reduced child disruptive behaviors, hyperactivity and aggression.


About the Presenter(s)

Cecilia Alvarez-Tabio

Cecilia Alvarez-Tabio

Ms. Cecilia Alvarez-Tabío earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology and received her BCBA certification from the BACB. Cecilia has been working with children with ASD for the past 9 years and currently works as the manager for Behavioral Services at UM-NSU CARD. Prior to joining CARD, she worked at Citrus Health identifying developmental red flags in young children through screenings in preschool classrooms. Prior to that, she ran a parent-child early intervention program for children diagnosed with autism and provided in-home consultations. Cecilia was the main facilitator of a four-year, multi-site study with the Miami-Dade County PK-ESE programs promoting social communication and play skills in preschool-age children. Cecilia’s research interests focus on parent-child intervention programs. Along with her clinical duties at CARD, Cecilia facilitates parent trainings that teach social communication skills as well as discipline strategies to manage problem behaviors.

Meaghan Parlade

Meaghan Parlade

Meaghan Parlade, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and certified PCIT therapist at the Autism Spectrum Assessment Clinic as well as the Coordinator of Research and Training for UM-NSU CARD. She received her doctoral degree in clinical and developmental psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. She then completed her clinical internship at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine with a particular focus on neurodevelopmental disabilities. Her clinical and research interests include the early screening, assessment, and diagnosis of ASD, as well as the development and evaluation of interventions to improve social skills in preschool and school-aged children with ASD. Dr. Parlade has published and presented locally and nationally on topics related to child development and autism. She also serves as a clinician and consultant to autism-related research projects at the University of Miami.