Pivotal Response Training

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Pivotal Response Training (PRT)

Pivotal response training is an intervention that integrates principles of child development with those of applied behavior analysis (ABA).

What Will I Learn?

The AFIRM model guides the learner through four lessons to facilitate:

  • Learning basic knowledge about pivotal response training (PRT).
  • Applying PRT in activity based scenarios that promote real-world application.

The PRT module will take approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete. However, the module is broken into individual lessons to help guide your learning:

Lesson Time to Complete
A Case for PRT 10 minutes
Lesson 1: Basics of PRT 20 minutes
Lesson 2: Planning for PRT 45 minutes
Lesson 3: Using PRT 45 minutes
Lesson 4: Monitoring PRT 35 minutes
Applying PRT 10 minutes

If you leave the module prior to finishing, your place within the module will be saved. From your My Account page, look in the My Modules tab and select the last page viewed to resume this module.

Suggested citation:
Suhrheinrich, J., Chan, J., Melgarejo, M. Reith, S., Stahmer, A., & AFIRM Team. (2018). Pivotal response training. Chapel Hill, NC: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder, FPG Child Development Center, University of North Carolina. Retrieved from http://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/Pivotal-response-training

Professional Standards

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards that apply to all 27 evidence-based practices (PDF document, 2 pages)

CEC standards that apply specifically to the pivotal response training (PRT) module (PDF document, 1 page)


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