Clinical Services for Individuals & Caregivers


Autism Delaware offers Functional Behavior Assessments, ADOS-II assessments and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

For complete information and to discuss costs, please contact Dr. Susan Peterson at Autism Delaware’s Newark office.

302-224-6020

or via email at susan.peterson@delautism.org

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

PCIT focuses on children with ASD ages 2 to 7. It is an evidence-based treatment for children with challenging and disruptive behaviors. Working with a PCIT-trained therapist over 12 – 16 sessions, parents and caregivers gain skills to build positive relationships and change negative parent-child behavior patterns.

How does PCIT work?

During PCIT sessions, the therapist is able to coach parents in real time by observing parent-child interactions in a playful environment. Sessions, conducted in Autism Delaware’s Newark office, utilize a one-way mirror and a listening device so that the therapist can provide coaching without being seen by the child. Sessions held in other environments may require varying adaptations of the technique but the goal of providing real-time coaching remains the same.

PCIT works best for children who have serious emotional and behavioral problems, including refusing to follow rules, aggression, tantrums and destructive behaviors.

Autism Delaware specializes in the needs of families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD). If you would like to explore PCIT for a child who does not have ASD, please contact the Delaware Children’s Department at 302-781-3212 or 302-781-3219 for a complete list of PCIT therapists in Delaware.