AppendixThe Communicating Partners approach described in this book evolved through a
series of clinical investigations of late-talking children and their families. Chapter 1
provides a chronological history of the issues and approaches as they developed into
the model presented in this book. This Appendix summarizes a series of research
studies of the model in clinical use with a wide variety of families and children with
autistic spectrum disorders.All of the studies have in common that the clinicians were trained in the Communicating Partners approach with the same video and manual based curriculum. The
three part curriculum addressed the following:
Research Support for Communicating Partners
|1. ||An introduction to the parent–child relationship model (MacDonald and
|2. ||Systematic training in using the CP responsive strategies (balance, match,
respond, share control, and emotional play) (MacDonald and Davidson
|3. ||Demonstration of the parent training process (MacDonald and Wilkening
Each program began with the interaction goals of social play, imitation, and
turn-taking. The central goal of the programs was to help the children interact and
communicate more frequently with people who entered the child's experiences, using
the responsive strategies. Consequently the programs were evaluated both in terms of
the child's development as well as changes in the interaction skills of the parents.
The Ohio State study
A one-year study of 25 pre-school children and their parents was conducted at the
Nisonger Center at the Ohio State University. All children exhibited severe social and
communicative delays with marked autistic features, including social isolation,
self-stimulation, preservation, and unconventional functional play. The study involved
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Communicating Partners: 30 Years of Building Responsive Relationships with Late-Talking Children Including Autism, Asperger's Syndrome (Asd), Down Syndrome, and Typical Development : Development Guides for Professionals and Parents.
Contributors: James D. Macdonald - Author.
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley.
Place of publication: London.
Publication year: 2004.
Page number: 312.
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