Introduction to the Program

COVID-19 Access

Welcome to the UConn Parent Training website.

PLEASE READ THIS PARAGRAPH before starting the program.

The Parent Training program was developed by UConn faculty and their affiliates and has been pilot tested; final revisions will be made and tested in the near future. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are making the current version available to clinical providers and through them to families in order to serve the current pressing clinical needs that families with a child with ASD are facing. We encourage parents/guardians to contact their clinical providers with questions or concerns before implementing materials from the Parent Training program about which they are unclear. This emergency access will be time limited, although parents using it will not be barred from finishing the material once they have started. When in-person therapy and other services become available again, we will close the website until final revisions are made. This material is copyrighted. Please do not download or make changes to any of it. By starting to use the program you are expressly consenting to use these materials ethically and not to use the materials for any commercial purposes or purposes that would deviate from the intended emergency access being granted to you. Thank you and stay safe.

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Introduction to the Program

This website is for caregivers of children who may have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or another developmental condition. It is also for use with children who do not have a diagnosis, but for whom caregivers or physicians have a suspicion of ASD or another developmental disorder or delay. Throughout this program, we will use the terms “autism” and “ASD” interchangeably. It is important to note that autism is indeed a spectrum, and represents a wide range of abilities and challenges. In addition, parents of children not suspected of having a specific developmental disorder like ASD, but who may be slow to learn certain skills or have social problems may find useful material in this program. If these children have not been evaluated by a pediatrician, developmental pediatrician, or psychologist, you should do that first, to get a better handle on the sorts of challenges your child may have.

Many caregivers who are concerned about their child’s development cannot get access to intensive professional intervention as soon as they would like, and sometimes not at all. Although web-based parent training cannot substitute for professional intervention that is delivered in person, you may be able to give your child a good head start on learning and development by using the behavioral teaching methods discussed in this program. We are focusing on children aged 1-6, but parents of older children will also find a lot of useful material. For older children, caregivers might want to learn the basic principles, and then decide on skills you can teach your child using these principles.

We have created this material from research that we and others have done, and from our years of clinical experience. If you would like to learn a little more about us, please go to Meet the Experts.

We hope that the information in this program will help you to teach your child important skills, and to manage any of your child’s behaviors that interfere with learning. We have focused on many of the skills that young children need to learn, but the rules of learning that we will describe apply to all children, so even if you have an older child, we hope the material will be helpful to you. To make it easier to explain things, we are sometimes going to use the words “he” and “him” and sometimes “she” and “her” to refer to all children. But please remember that we are always talking about both boys and girls.

This website is currently being tested with parents; we hope to have results about how helpful it was to these parents within a few months. Until that time, only these research participants will have access to most of the material. If you are not a research participant, you can have access to the “Meet the experts” and “Resources” pages on the top bar of the website. If you want more information about the Parent Training program, please email the principal investigator, Dr. Deborah Fein at If you are a research participant in the Parent Training program, please click the following link to register and get started!


Once registered, please click on each of the following links before starting the program.