Treatment® is a highly acclaimed research-based intervention for individuals
with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). PRT® is a naturalistic intervention model
derived from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
PRT® targets pivotal
areas of a child's development, such as motivation, responsivity to multiple
cues, self-management, and social initiations. These skills are pivotal because
they are the foundational behaviors upon which learners with ASD can make
widespread and generalized improvements in many other areas. By targeting these
critical behaviors, PRT® results in widespread, collateral improvements in
communication, social, and behavioral domains.
motivational procedures including child choice, task variation, interspersing
maintenance and acquisition tasks, rewarding attempts, and the use of direct
natural reinforcers, are incorporated to make the intervention extremely
powerful and efficient. The goal of PRT® is to move the child with ASD towards
a more typical developmental trajectory, through individualized intervention
objectives based on the child's needs.
PRT® targets each core
area of development, and focuses on increasing motivation to engage and learn
for children with ASD. PRT® is implemented in the natural environments of the
child (e.g., home, community, and
school) and emphasizes parent education to empower family members to become
agents of intervention, so that learning can be embedded across daily routines.
According to the studies
that form the evidence base for PRT®, children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
(ASD) aged from 2 to 16 years have benefited from PRT® intervention. Research
has shown that the use of motivational techniques within the PRT® teaching
framework can lead to 85-90% of children with autism (who begin intervention
before the age of 5) developing verbal communication as a primary mode of
communication. Researchers have also identified specific behavioral characteristics
associated with favorable responses to the teaching practices. Precursors
related to positive outcomes thus far, include increased use of social
initiations and more toy play as well as decreased social avoidance and