PRT Pocket Guide: Pivotal Response Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders


What is Pivotal Response Treatment? What's the research behind it, what does it look like in practice, and what are some good examples of how to use it? Now one concise book gives professionals and parents all the basics of the widely used PRT-one of a select group of highly effective, evidence-based treatments for autism. A great resource for educators, behavior specialists, early interventionists, SLPs, occupational therapists, and families, this reader-friendly pocket guide is the perfect introduction to PRT, ...

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What is Pivotal Response Treatment? What's the research behind it, what does it look like in practice, and what are some good examples of how to use it? Now one concise book gives professionals and parents all the basics of the widely used PRT-one of a select group of highly effective, evidence-based treatments for autism. A great resource for educators, behavior specialists, early interventionists, SLPs, occupational therapists, and families, this reader-friendly pocket guide is the perfect introduction to PRT, the popular approach that uses natural learning opportunities to modify pivotal areas of behavior. Pioneering autism experts Robert and Lynn Koegel speak directly to the reader, demystifying PRT and clearly explaining why it leads to widespread and rapid progress for children. Filled with helpful tips and many practical examples based on actual children, the book reveals the key principles behind motivating children with natural reinforcers reducing disruptive behavior with PRT encouraging communication and social initiations developing a challenging curriculum that helps children make progress assessing children meaningfully in natural environments closely collaborating with parents on goals and interventions helping families weave interventions into everyday routines ensuring that children generalize skills to other settings decreasing parents' stress and offering positive support Throughout the book, the Koegels engage readers with down- to-earth guidance based on best practice, true stories from their decades of experience with children and families, and clear explanations of what the research says about PRT. And the end-of-chapter questions for teachers, therapists, and parents reinforce key points and prepare them for effective PRT implementation. An essential first step in PRT training and a must-have for every member of a child's support team, this quick and practical introduction will get everyone on board

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Editorial Reviews

Claire LaZebnik

"Pivotal Response Treatment was instrumental in helping my son become the successful, independent college student he is today. Filled with practical procedures and real life examples, this concise, approachable book is the perfect guide for family and team members."
Director, Child Study Center, and Professor, Yale University School of Medicine - Fred Volkmar
"An outstanding volume . . . very user friendly, highly informative, and immensely practical. It is a valuable addition to the library of anyone who works with children with autism."
Director, Marcus Autism Center, Professor & Chief, Division of Autism & Related Disorders, Department of Pediatrics, Emo - Ami Klin
"A book that we should all carry with us at all times. Distilling the concepts, methods, enormous achievements, and empirical grounding of PRT, these master clinicians provide us with an invaluable resource to improve the lives of young children with autism spectrum disorders."
School District Physician Consultant and Professor of Pediatrics, University of California - San Diego - Howard Taras
"This guide is a must-have . . . It describes an intervention that is not only logical, but proven. Prescribed ways to interact with one's child requires patience and practice. There is no magic bullet, but there PRT offers true help and hope."
University of Minnesota - Travis Thompson
"Among the best books I've read on naturalistic intervention strategies based on evidence-based practices. Immensely readable with oodles of concrete examples and great illustrations, while strongly rooted in solid scientific principles. A gem from Bob and Lynn Koegel."
University of South Florida and University of Nevada, Reno - Glen Dunlap
"By far the clearest, most useable, and most engaging description of PRT produced to date. Kudos to the Koegels for giving us a hugely valuable book that will be a treasure for all families and professionals affected by autism."
UCLA Associate Professor in the Departments of Education and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences - Jeffrey J. Wood
"A comprehensive, fascinating description of the rationale for PRT, as well as a clinically rich description of the 'how tos.' This should be required reading for all involved in the lives of children with ASD."
Assistant Research Scientist, UC Davis MIND Institute - Laurie Vismara
"In this valuable, hands-on guide, Robert and Lynn Koegel bring a wealth of practical clinical experience and scientific knowledge to help parents and professionals understand how to develop the motivation and desire to learn in children with autism."
Professor of Psychology, co-editor, Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, University of South Florida St. Petersbu - V. Mark Durand
"Provides an insider's view of Bob and Lynn Koegel's pioneering work with children on the autism spectrum. A terrific guide that will be immensely popular among parents, teachers and others."
Professor, Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology and Special Education, University of British Columbia, Van - Pat Mirenda
"PRT is based on decades of solid research demonstrating that it is possible to produce 'big gains without pain'' n the treatment of children with autism. In this easy-to-read summary of the key elements of PRT, the Koegels have demonstrated once again that they understand both children with autism and the important role their family members play in intervention."
Director, Haring Center for Applied Research and Training in Education, University of Washington - Ilene Schwartz
"This valuable handbook is going to become a go-to book for teachers and parents who want to provide evidence-based interventions for children with autism in natural settings."
Director, FPG Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Samuel L. Odom
"A pivotal book on PRT . . . translate[s] scientific and clinical evidence into practical procedures that practitioners and parents will find meaningful and effective."
Teacher, Preschool Blended Program, Fountain Valley School District, California - Joan Hersh
"Provides practical and essential information for all service providers. It's a source I will definitely refer to over and over again."
Coordinator, Cape Breton Community Respite, Society for Treatment of Autism, Sydney, Nova Scotia - Anna Burke
"Step-by-step guidance through the treatment process, enhanced by examples and anecdotes from real life. It is a practical, user-friendly resource."
Areva D. Martin

"Lynn and Robert Koegel are by far the most authoritative voices in the field of autism diagnosis and treatment. Their long-awaited book on PRT is a must-read for parents and professionals caring for children with autism spectrum disorders."
University of British Columbia, Vancouver - Joseph M. Lucyshyn
"A highly accessible and imminently practical description of PRT and its use in everyday settings. Through multiple and compelling examples of the effective use of PRT in home, school, and community settings, the authors bring to life the key components of this well established, evidence-based approach."
Professor, Center for Autism Research & Treatment, Semel Institute, University of California, Los Angeles - Connie Kasari
"This handy reference about one of the most studied and proven intervention methods for children with an autism spectrum disorder is sure to be the 'go to' reference in everyone's library!"
University of Maryland, College Park - Andrew L. Egel
"A comprehensive review of PRT, emphasizing the empirical nature of PRT, providing a detailed map of how PRT should be implemented, and detailing the substantial impact that PRT can have on individuals with ASD. It is an ideal source for teachers and parents who want to add and/or expand their use of PRT."
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) - Daniel Openden
"Translates over 25 years of research into practice, making it easier for parents, teachers, and treatment providers to implement PRT and improve outcomes for more children and families."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598571059
  • Publisher: Paul. H Brookes Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 697,782
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Kern Koegel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is Clinic Director at the Autism Research Center of the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has been active in the development of programs to improve communication in children with autism, including the development of first words, development of grammatical structures, and pragmatics. Dr. Lynn Kern Koegel is co-author and co-editor of major textbooks on autism and positive behavioral support and is co-author of the bestselling book Overcoming Autism: Finding the Answers, Strategies, and Hope That Can Transform a Child's Life (Penguin, 2004). In addition to her published books and articles in the area of communication and language development, she has developed and published prodcedures and field manuals in the area of self-management and functional analysis that are used in school districts throughout the United States and have been translated in most major languages used throughout the world. Dr. Lynn Kern Koegel is actively involved in providing support and intervention services in school districts, both locally in California and throughout the United States. She has also been featured in news reports on television stations throughout the United States and acted as a consultant for the internationally broadcast ABC television series Supernanny.

Robert L. Koegel, Ph.D., is Director of the Autism Research Center, Professor of Educational Psychology and Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology, and Professor of Special Education, Disability, and Risk Studies at the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Robert L. Koegel is internationally known for his work in the area of autism, specializing in language intervention, family support, and school inclusion. He has published well over 150 articles and papers relating to the treatment of autism. He also has authored five books on the treatment of autism and on positive behavioral support. He has been the recipient of numerous multimillion-dollar research and training grants from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Models of his procedures have been used in public schools and in parent education programs throughout California and the United States, as well as other countries.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors vii

For the Reader ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

I What Is the P in PRT?

1 Treatment of Pivotal Areas 13

2 How to Teach the Pivotal Area of Motivation 39

3 How to Get Rid of Disruptive Behavior 65

4 How to Teach the Pivotal Area of Self-Initiation 73

II How and When to Implement Treatment

5 Maximizing Family Involvement 105

6 How to Minimize Parent Stress 123

7 Treatment and Assessment in Natural Environments 135

8 Making Data Collection Easy in PRT Sarah Kuriakose 163

References 185

Index 195

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