Aims of the follow up study
We have lots of questions that we hope to answer with the PACT 7-11 follow up study:
- How are the PACT children getting on and how are they developing in areas such as: language and communication, how they get along with others, their play, behaviour and interests, and their emotional wellbeing?
- What factors in the pre-school years have affected how children are doing now?
- How is family life and how is life for parents of a child with autism?
- What services are families accessing?
The Pre-school Autism Communication Trial was a randomised controlled trial of a parent-mediated communication intervention for young children with autism. It ran between 2006 and 2009. Find out more about the trial, its findings and the PACT intervention here: About PACT.
The PACT 7-11 Follow-up Study
Funded by the Medical Research Council the PACT 7-11 study was a follow-up of all the families who were involved in the PACT Trial once the children reached 7-11 years. Find out more about this study here: PACT 7-11 study
Thanks to all the families who were involved in this phase of the project. We have managed to follow up an amazing 83% of the original PACT families and are in the process of analysing all the information you provided.
Play-based social communication interventions like PACT are now recommended in the NICE guidelines for autism.