Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) was developed by Robert L. Koegel, and Lynn Kern Koegel, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Important contributions were also made by Laura Schreibman and Aubyn Stahmer at the University of California, San Diego. Based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, PRT has grown into an internationally recognized intervention model for children with ASD and their families. PRT was listed as one of the ten model programs for Autism by the National Research Council in 2001, and is one of four scientifically based practices for Autism (Simpson, 2005). More than 200 scholarly articles have been published in peer- reviewed journals and current research continues to refine the model.
PRT is a naturalistic teaching method, that focuses on Pivotal Behaviors. Change in these pivotal behaviors results in widespread, collateral gains in communication, social, and other behavior domains. Pivotal behaviors include motivation, responsitivity to multiple cues, self management, and initiations. PRT teaching opportunities are embedded during normal everyday routines and across all settings. Parents and other family or community members are an integral part of the service model, thus providing ongoing intervention to the child with ASD.
A number of books and manuals have been published about PRT that you may find helpful. For a full list and ordering information please visit the Autism Research and Training Center at UCSB by following website: www.education.ucsb.edu/autism/