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Princeton Child Development Institute program

At a glance: Princeton Child Development Institute program
Type of therapy
Behavioural
The claim
Teaches basic life skills and promotes independence
Suitable for
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Research rating
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Not yet reviewed by our research sources.
Time
Estimate of the total time for family in hours per week and duration
20+
High time commitment of 5.5 hours a day, 5 days a week, 11 months of the year
Cost
Estimate of cost to family per session/item or week
$0-30
The program isn’t offered in Australia, so no information about costs is available.
This program isn’t currently available in Australia. But it’s based on Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), and other programs that use ABA principles are available in Australia.

What is the Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) program?

The Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) program is a school-based program based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). In this program, intensive behaviour interventions and picture schedules help children learn to start activities, make choices and be more independent.

Who is the Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) program for?

The Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) program is for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

What is the Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) program used for?

The Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) program is used to teach communication and social interaction skills to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Where does the Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) program come from?

The Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) program was developed at the Princeton Child Development Institute in the United States. The Institute was founded in New Jersey in 1970 by Peggy Pulleyn and Pamela Machold, and it has been providing intervention programs for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) since the mid-1970s.

What is the idea behind the Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) program?

The Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) program is based on Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and other behaviour intervention principles and approaches. The idea is that intensive, evidence-based intervention can help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) learn new skills.

What does the Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) program involve?

Children are evaluated individually, and each child gets an individualised behaviour program that targets basic skills.

Children can attend the day education and treatment program from three years of age. They participate in the program for 5.5 hours a day, 5 days a week, 11 months of the year.

Between classes, there are changes in activity, classroom and teacher. Picture schedules are used to help with the transitions. Children’s progress is periodically assessed, and specific goals are revised.

Cost considerations

The Princeton Child Development Institute Program (PCDI) isn’t available in Australia, so no information about costs is available.

Does the Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) program work?

The Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) program is based on Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) principles, which are well supported by research.

Who practises the Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) program?

Practitioners are professionals with training in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), who have also completed an internship at the Princeton Child Development Institute.

Parent education, training, support and involvement

Families use behaviour programs from school in their homes. This helps children generalise their skills – that is, take the skills they learn at school and use them in other contexts. A programmer from the Princeton Child Development Institute usually visits families twice a month to help with this process.

Where can you find a practitioner?

If you’re interested in therapies like the Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) program, you could speak with your GP or one of the other professionals working with your child. You could also talk with your NDIA planner, NDIS early childhood partner or NDIS local area coordination partner, if you have one.

There are many treatments for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They range from those based on behaviour and development to those based on medicine or alternative therapy. Our article on types of interventions for children with ASD takes you through the main treatments, so you can better understand your child’s options.

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Last updated or reviewed
25-11-2016

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