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

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Appendix
Research Support for Communicating Partners
The 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:
1. An introduction to the parent–child relationship model (MacDonald and Carroll 1992).
2. Systematic training in using the CP responsive strategies (balance, match, respond, share control, and emotional play) (MacDonald and Davidson 1992).
3. Demonstration of the parent training process (MacDonald and Wilkening 1993).

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

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