Parent and Child Early (PACE) Coaching Project

In 2016, ACT- Autism Community Training received funding from the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) to support the implementation of the PACE Coaching Project and to serve as its administrative home. The PACE Coaching Project will update the community with new developments by posting on this page of the ACT website.

The goal of PACE Coaching is to develop, implement, and evaluate an evidence-based parent coaching intervention for children aged 15 to 30 months who are at risk of, or diagnosed with, autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

A research team housed at the University of British Columbia has partnered with researchers from the University of Alberta, University of Toronto, California State University-Davis, and Emory University to implement PACE Coaching in 16 communities across British Columbia. This is a 3-year research project which will end in March 2020.

Agencies affiliated with the BC Association of Child Development and Intervention (BCACDI) were invited to join PACE Coaching as partners, along with Aboriginal agencies in the communities that agreed to participate. Agency staff were then identified by each agency to participate in the project.

Current project participants include infant development and Aboriginal infant development consultants, early childhood educators, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, family and community support workers, behaviour interventionists, and clinical social workers, depending on the site.

For additional information about the PACE Coaching project, contact:
Pat Mirenda, Principal Investigator:
Karen Kalynchuk, Project Manager:


The second issue of Keeping PACE introduces Parent-Child Connections for Aboriginal families, explains the upcoming randomized controlled trial, and provides an update on coach training.

View Keeping Pace Vol. 1, No. 2 (pdf)

The first PACE Coaching newsletter provides an overview of the project and our progress to date, and introduces our community partners.

View Keeping Pace Vol. 1, No. 1 (pdf)