Saturday, October 15, 2011

Book Review: Pivotal Response Treatments for Autism

Pivotal Response Treatment for Autism: Communication, Social, & Academic Development
According to Brookes Publishing, "Pivotal Response Treatments for Autism is the book by Robert L. Koegel and Lynn Kern Koegel that explains PRT, which advances the widely used applied behavior analysis approach to treating autism by using natural learning. And the results have been remarkable."

I love that PRT is a naturalistic intervention, and can be incorporated into a child's normal daily routines. This book is one of the few guides available about PRT, and is a helpful resource for parents and professionals seeking more information about the approach. My opinion of the pros and cons of the book are described below.

  • Comprehensive. The book includes information about PRT, cultural diversity and PRT, how to use it in classrooms, homes, intervention programs, and playdates.
  • Organized. Chapters are each focused on a specific topic, allowing you to find information specific to your situation quickly and easily.
  • Helpful. The book includes examples of data sheets and forms.
  • Inclusive. It includes information on using PRT strategies with students across the autism spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.
  • Professional and reputable. The authors of this book are respected professionals in the field.
  • Pro/Con: Very detailed. This is a plus because there is a great deal of information. It may also be considered a con because it may be difficult for parents and teachers to figure out how to organize all of the information into a plan or strategies to put into place for their children or students.
  • A little bit more technical and theoretical than practical, which again may not be a drawback if this is the type of book you are looking for. However, it should be noted that the book is written using very technical language, and it may be better suited for parents and professionals who have a background in applied behavior analysis (ABA), rather than as an introductory book on the topic.
  • I would like more examples of how PRT can be used/applied.
PRT strategies have a place in the vast majority of, if not all, all autism intervention plans. The focus on pivotal areas, natural environments, and incorporating the child’s interests are strategies that I use whenever possible. "Pivotal Response Treatments for Autism " is a helpful and detailed resource for learning PRT strategies. I wouldn't start or continue an ABA-based intervention program without these effective strategies.

Pivotal Response Treatment for Autism: Communication, Social, & Academic Development

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