Pivotal Response Training

Primary Investigator: Pamela Ventola


PRT is a well-studied and effective behaviorally-based treatment for children with ASD. The treatment is designed to improve social communication skills by teaching these skills within the context of natural environments. The treatment will involve about six to eight hours per week of services, including parent education and direct service to your child, delivered by trained therapists. Treatment services will last for approximately 4 months. The purpose of this project is to study how the implementation of PRT effects children’s language, social, and play skills development. We also want to advance prior research by examining potential changes in the brain as a result of PRT treatment procedures. We know that PRT works for some children. Now we want to know how it works. To address this question, we will assess any changes by asking your child to complete a Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scan and an electroencephalogram (EEG) before and after treatment.

Criteria for participation

Children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder between the ages of 4 and 6 years. 

Now enrolling Adolescents and Young Adults with an autism spectrum disorder!


For More Information:

Erin MacDonnell
(203) 737-3439