‘PRT Pocket Guide’ gives parents and teachers a quick, practical primer on Pivotal Response Treatment

BALTIMORE, MD – March 27, 2012 –Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) is one of today’s most popular and effective autism interventions—it uses natural learning opportunities to help children make lasting improvements in communication, behavior, and other key areas. Many professionals who work with children with autism are familiar with PRT, but until now, there hasn’t been an easy way to demystify the approach for parents and teachers. Responding to the need for a quick and practical primer, PRT developers Robert and Lynn Koegel have created The PRT Pocket Guide: Pivotal Response Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Now available from Brookes Publishing Co., The PRT Pocket Guide offers a “how-to” introduction to the scientifically-validated PRT approach, showing readers how to work with children’s natural motivations to target core behaviors and bring about rapid sweeping improvements. Featuring down-to-earth guidance based on best practice and many examples from the Koegels’ decades of experience with children and families, this quick-guide helps parents and professionals understand what PRT is, what it looks like in practice, and how and when it should be implemented. Readers will learn the key principles of using PRT to:

• motivate children with natural reinforcers
• reduce disruptive behavior
• encourage communication and social initiations
• develop a challenging curriculum that helps children make progress
• assess children meaningfully in natural environments
• weave interventions into everyday routines
• help children generalize skills to other settings
• decrease parents’ stress

The PRT Pocket Guide is already attracting high praise from both professionals and parents in the autism community.

“Pivotal Response Treatment was instrumental in helping my son become the successful, independent college student he is today,” says Claire LaZebnik, author of Family and Other Nonreturnable Gifts and co-author of Overcoming Autism and Growing Up on the Spectrum. “This concise, approachable book is the perfect guide for family and team members.”

Travis Thompson, Ph.D., one of today’s most respected autism experts and the author of Individualized Autism Intervention for Young Children, says The PRT Pocket Guide is “a gem” and ranks it “among the best books I’ve read on naturalistic intervention strategies based on evidence-based practices.”
Howard Taras, MD, of the University of California – San Diego praises the guide as “a must-have . . . It describes an intervention that is not only logical, but proven.” Joan Hersh, M.A., a teacher in the Preschool Blended Program, Fountain Valley School District, California, says The PRT Pocket Guide is “a source I will definitely refer to over and over again.”

For more information on The PRT Pocket Guide: Pivotal Response Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders, visit www.brookespublishing.com.

About Robert and Lynn Koegel

Robert L. Koegel, Ph.D., is Director of the Koegel Autism Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is also Professor of Clinical Psychology and Professor of Special Education. Internationally known for his work in the area of autism, Dr. Koegel has published more than 150 articles and papers and six books on autism and positive behavior supports and interventions. He has been the recipient of numerous multimillion-dollar research and training grants from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Koegel has trained many health care and special education leaders in the United States, and models of his procedures have been used internationally in public schools and in parent education programs.

Lynn Kern Koegel, Ph.D., is Director of Clinical Services at the Koegel Autism Center and Director of the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Center for Asperger Research at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has been active in the development of groundbreaking books and programs that help improve communication in children with autism. Dr. Koegel provides support and intervention services in school districts across the United States and was a consultant for the internationally broadcast ABC television series Supernanny.

The pioneering experts behind PRT, Robert and Lynn Koegel were joint recipients of the first annual Sunny Days Award, presented by Sesame Street Parents and the Children’s Television Workshop for brightening the lives of children. They have co-authored several books, including Pivotal Response Treatments for Autism: Communication, Social, and Academic Development (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 2006).

About Brookes Publishing
For more than 30 years, Brookes Publishing has been a leading provider of highly respected professional resources on disabilities, autism, inclusion, and education. Some of their well-known autism authors include Paula Kluth, Robert L. Koegel & Lynn Kern Koegel, Travis Thompson, Barry M. Prizant, and Amy M. Wetherby. Brookes Publishing is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information, please visit www.brookespublishing.com.

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