Pivotal Response Treatment® was developed by Drs. Robert and Lynn Koegel at the Koegel Autism Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Pivotal Response Treatment® is a naturalistic intervention model derived from ABA approaches. Rather than target individual behaviors one at a time, PRT® targets pivotal areas of a child's development, such as motivation, responsivity to multiple cues, self-management, and social initiations. By targeting these critical areas, PRT® results in widespread, collateral improvements in other social, communicative, and behavioral areas that are not specifically targeted.
It is a continual intervention involving all stakeholders, and occurring in various settings and environments. As a result, the child(ren) will benefit from constant training, not just with a therapist alone – it is carried throughout their daily activities, with caregivers taking active participation.
In the past, Pivotal Response Treatment® has been referred to as Pivotal Response Training®, Pivotal Response Teaching®, Pivotal Response Therapy®, Pivotal Response Intervention®, and the Natural Language Paradigm (NLP). These terms all indicate the same treatment delivery system, most commonly known as Pivotal Response Treatment®.
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