Pivotal Response Treatments for Autism

PRT is a proven behavioral approach for treating autistic children.
PRT tries to thwart self-stimulatory, negative behaviors connected with ASD by targeting four main pivotal areas.

Central Pivotal Area

The central area is motivation. PRT therapy works in boosting kids’ desire to both learn and perform skills linked with positive consequences. Instead of forced tasks, PRT utilizes the kids’ interests to motivate pro-social behaviors and trigger enthusiasm.

Second Pivotal Area

The second pivotal area is initiations. PRT encourages the kid to begin social interaction by inquiring or getting attention.


Next, is self-regulation, which teaches kids to self-evaluate and distinguish their behaviors for more independence.
And lastly, PRT trains autistic children to respond favorably to many cues instead of focusing on certain stimuli or details.

What’s Required?

PRT therapy sessions require the use of positive reinforcement in addressing the above pivotal areas, resulting in wide social progress. PRT is customized for meeting the special needs of autistic kids and their routines. Lessons can include imitation, peer interaction, taking turns, or joint attention. For instance, if the kid asks verbally for a toy car, he will be rewarded with that toy.
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