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
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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