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11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT

From Research to Practice: A Pivotal Response Treatment Group for Caregivers of Children with ASD

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Angele Fournier, M.Sc., R.SLP, S-LP(C), CASLPO, The Centre for Autism Services Alberta; Sally-Joy Nandee, R.SLP, S-LP(C), BCBA, The Centre for Autism Services Alberta; Michael Stolte, PhD (Special Education), C.C.C., R. Psych, The Centre for Autism Services Alberta.

We developed a community-based Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) group program for caregivers of autistic children. Caregivers were coached on the PRT motivational procedures for teaching first words. Outcome data was collected on caregiver fidelity of implementation, child functional verbal utterances, and caregivers completed qualitative questionnaires about the treatment. Results are summarized and suggest positive gains for both caregivers and their autistic children after participation in the program. Results also show that most caregivers liked the PRT procedures and felt they would lead to permanent improvements in their child’s communication.



Intended Audience

Speech-Language Pathologists, Communication Health Assistants, Students

Age Group(s)

Pre-School (0-4), School Aged (5-17)