Handbook of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Children on the Autism Spectrum

  • Cheryl Bodiford McNeil
  • Lauren Borduin Quetsch
  • Cynthia M. Anderson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Conceptual Foundations of Evidence-Based Approaches for Autism Spectrum Disorder

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hannah Rea, Krysta LaMotte, T. Lindsey Burrell
      Pages 3-26
    3. Stephanie M. Peterson, Cody Morris, Kathryn M. Kestner, Shawn P. Quigley, Elian Aljadeff-Abergel, Dana B. Goetz
      Pages 27-40
    4. Regina A. Carroll, Tiffany Kodak
      Pages 41-53
    5. Jennifer Zarcone, Annette Griffith, Chrystal Jansz Rieken
      Pages 71-86
    6. Yannick A. Schenk, Ryan J. Martin, Whitney L. Kleinert, Shawn P. Quigley, Serra R. Langone
      Pages 87-106
  3. Evidence-Based Approaches to Treating Core and Associated Deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Jason C. Vladescu, Samantha L. Breeman, Kathleen E. Marano, Jacqueline N. Carrow, Alexandra M. Campanaro, April N. Kisamore
      Pages 109-127
    3. April N. Kisamore, Lauren K. Schnell, Lauren A. Goodwyn, Jacqueline N. Carrow, Catherine Taylor-Santa, Jason C. Vladescu
      Pages 129-146
    4. Kathryn M. Kestner, Claire C. St. Peter
      Pages 169-187
  4. Parent–Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Theory and Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Paul Shawler, Beverly Funderburk
      Pages 237-250
    3. Laurel A. Brabson, Carrie B. Jackson, Brittany K. Liebsack, Amy D. Herschell
      Pages 251-275
    4. Desireé N. Williford, Corey C. Lieneman, Cassandra R. Drain, Cheryl B. McNeil
      Pages 277-296
    5. Christopher K. Owen, Jocelyn Stokes, Ria Travers, Mary M. Ruckle, Corey Lieneman
      Pages 297-319
    6. Robin H. Gurwitch, Melanie M. Nelson, John Paul Abner
      Pages 321-338
    7. Christina M. Warner-Metzger
      Pages 339-348
  5. Clinical Considerations in Using PCIT for ASD

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 349-349
    2. Susannah G. Poe, Christopher K. Owen
      Pages 351-361
    3. Jenna Wallace, Jodi Lindsey, Victoria Lancaster, Meg Stone-Heaberlin
      Pages 363-372
    4. Catherine A. Burrows, Meaghan V. Parladé, Dainelys Garcia, Jason F. Jent
      Pages 399-424
    5. Brenda L. Beverly, Kimberly Zlomke
      Pages 425-441
    6. Joshua J. Masse, Christina M. Warner-Metzger
      Pages 457-481
    7. Heather Agazzi, Kimberly Knap, Sim Yin Tan, Kathleen Armstrong
      Pages 517-530
    8. Korrie Allen, John W. Harrington, Cathy Cooke
      Pages 531-544
    9. Natalie Hong, Leah K. Feinberg, Dainelys Garcia, Jonathan S. Comer, Daniel M. Bagner
      Pages 545-557
    10. Stacy S. Forcino, Cy B. Nadler
      Pages 559-574
    11. John Paul Abner, Leah N. Clionsky, Nicole Ginn Dreiling
      Pages 575-587
    12. Amelia M. Rowley, Joshua J. Masse
      Pages 633-649
    13. Dorothy Scattone, Dustin E. Sarver, Amanda D. Cox
      Pages 651-664
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 735-761

About this book


This handbook offers a theoretical foundation for the adaptation of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. The volume examines current treatments for children with ASD and provides a rationale for why PCIT is considered a strong option to address many of the concerns found within this population of children and families. It presents an overview of PCIT theory, the goals of PCIT, the unique aspects of the treatment, and the exceptional outcomes. The handbook demonstrates the versatility of PCIT in conjunction with standard science-based therapies in addressing specific behavioral problems in this young population. Chapters provide a theoretical basis for PCIT, the empirical evidence for its efficacy, clinical considerations, and training issues. Chapters also offer a selection of case studies that help illustrate how PCIT has been successful in treating children with autism. The handbook concludes by identifying the gaps that need to be addressed by future research.

Topics featured in the Handbook include:

  • A clinical description of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. 
  • The effects of medication for individuals with ASD.
  • The importance of parent-child interactions in social communication and development.
  • Teaching complex social behavior to children with ASD.
  • Internet-delivered PCIT (I-PCIT) for children with autism.
  • Child-Directed Interaction treatments for children with ASD.
  • Parent-Directed Interaction treatments for children on the autism spectrum.

The Handbook of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Children on the Autism Spectrum is a must-have resource for researchers, professors, clinicians/practitioners/therapists, and graduate students across many interrelated disciplines, including child and school psychology, behavioral therapy, social work, child and adolescent psychiatry, pediatrics, and family studies as well as occupational therapy, physical therapy, behavior analysis, and speech therapy.


Applied Behavior Analysis and ASD Child-directed interaction and autism Discipline, autism, and PCIT DSM-5 and autism spectrum disorder Early intensive behavior intervention Early Start Denver Model Functional analysis and challenging behaviors in children Language development, autism, and PCIT Lovaas Model, EIBI Parent-child relationship and ASD Parent-directed interaction and autism PCIT and disruptive behaviors PCIT clinical applications for children with autism Pivotal Response Training Pharmacological treatments and children with autism Self-stimulation, autism, and PCIT Severe problem behaviors and PCIT Social skills training and children with autism TEACHH intervention Treatment of Autistic & Communication Handicapped Children

Editors and affiliations

  • Cheryl Bodiford McNeil
    • 1
  • Lauren Borduin Quetsch
    • 2
  • Cynthia M. Anderson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  3. 3.National Autism CenterMay InstituteRandolphUSA

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