ERIC Number: EJ1042905
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
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Reference Count: 45
Improvements in Social and Adaptive Functioning Following Short-Duration PRT Program: A Clinical Replication
Ventola, Pamela; Friedman, Hannah E.; Anderson, Laura C.; Wolf, Julie M.; Oosting, Devon; Foss-Feig, Jennifer; McDonald, Nicole; Volkmar, Fred; Pelphrey, Kevin A.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v44 n11 p2862-2870 Nov 2014
Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) is an empirically validated behavioral treatment for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The purpose of the current study was to assess the efficacy of PRT for ten cognitively-able preschool-aged children with ASD in the context of a short-duration (4-month) treatment model. Most research on PRT used individual behavioral goals as outcome measures, but the current study utilized standardized assessments of broader-based social communication and adaptive skills. The children made substantial gains; however, magnitude and consistency of response across measures were variable. The results provide additional support for the efficacy of PRT as well as evidence for improvements in higher-order social communication and adaptive skill development within the context of a short-duration PRT model.
Descriptors: Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Intervention, Preschool Children, Communication Skills, Measures (Individuals), Interpersonal Competence, Outcomes of Treatment, Program Effectiveness, Adjustment (to Environment)
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