Parent–Child Interaction and Social Responsiveness in Children With Autism

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 7
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. identify specific parenting behaviors that might promote social cognition or awareness in children.
  2. understand how parent–child interactions influence social responsiveness in children with autism.
  3. discuss how to support and encourage parents of children with autism.


Associations between parent–child interactions and social responsiveness in young children with ASD has yet to be examined. In this proposed study, associations between child social responsiveness and observed parent sensitivity and intrusiveness during an interaction task will be characterized for a sample of young children with ASD. Practitioners will learn how to encourage and support parents with children with ASD who may be struggling with parent–child interactions and supporting their child’s social cognition and functioning.



TRICIA CHOY, University of California, Riverside
Ainsley E. Losh, University of California, Riverside


Jan Blacher, PhD


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