PRT is a teaching approach (aka, treatment) based on ABA principles. PRT is considered to be a research-based intervention method for teaching children with autism.
PRT focuses on teaching skills in “core underlying areas that are critical for children with autism.” Working on these “pivotal areas” can help children learn new skills, as well as more readily learn related skills that weren’t directly taught.
PRT also emphasizes natural environments and play-based learning. It was originally called “Natural Language Paradigm” because it looked more like natural interactions with children, rather than “drill-type” instruction.
I love using PRT methods with my students because they’re fun and motivating, they teach important skills, and they use the students’ interests as teaching opportunities.
The book describes what the pivotal areas are and how to teach them. It includes strategies for motivation, initiating social interactions, and problem behavior.
I would especially recommend this book to families of children in ABA programs, as well as BCBAs and other ABA providers. The ideas in the book can be incorporated into almost any ABA program to help generalize skills to natural environments. My students really enjoy it too!
You can read more about the book on Amazon.
Here's a video that talks very briefly about some PRT methods. The book has more information. You can download the introduction to the book here(PDF). If you would like the book, I'd love it if you'd use the Amazon links on this page, as Positively Autism is member of the Amazon affiliate program. Thanks so much!