This conference will bridge clinical and research models of PMI that support progress and enhance outcomes for individuals with autism. Learn the research developmental science that captures the nuance of parent-child interactions and measures change. See how therapists and educators work with parents and children of all ages in different settings to advance development. Additionally, the DIR-FCD Foundational Capacities for Development (FCD) will underscore each individual’s readiness for optimizing progress and success through the lifespan. Practical strategies to nurture foundational capacities in children and young adults with a range of abilities will be illustrated. Finally, take a longitudinal journey with us and hear from young adults with ASD as they reflect on their experiences and parent interactions as they strived for competence and independence.