CART Lecture - "Pivotal Response Treatment and Development in Autism: Infancy through Young Adult" - Koegels

The UCLA CART Autism Affinity Group




Robert Koegel, Ph.D.
Professor, Clinical Psychology;
Director, Koegel Autism Center; UC Santa Barbara


Lynn Koegel, Ph.D.
Clinical Director, Koegel Autism Center; UCSB;
Director, Broad Center for Asperger’s Research


“Pivotal Response Treatment and Development in Autism: Infancy through Young Adult”

Friday, 6 November 2009
Scientific Lecture: 9:00 -10:00 a.m.
Community Questions and Discussion: 10:00-10:30 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE LOCATION: Semel Auditorium #C8-183

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or contact Dr. Candace J. Wilkinson at 310-825-9041.

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All are welcome! Coffee served ~ 8:30 a.m.


Pivotal responses are responses that affect very widespread areas of functioning (Koegel & Koegel, 2006). The Pivotal Response approach to the treatment of autism was developed as a response to children demonstrating extremely slow gains during interventions that often could be extremely costly and laborious to deliver (Koegel, O’Dell, & Koegel, 1987). Not only did most of the children fail to make the gains necessary to lead independent lives, but very few service providers had the time and patience necessary to implement the multitude of trials necessary to make even small gains (Koegel, Koegel, Shoshan, & McNerney, 1999). Moreover the cost of intervention and the strain on the children was prohibitive for most families when individual target behaviors had to be treated one at a time (Koegel & LaZebnik, 2007). In addition to an overview of Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), this particular presentation will focus on three areas important to consider for overall developmental gains. First, we will present new data on the treatment of autism symptoms during the pre-linguistic period (the first year of life). Second, we will present research on orienting cues that lead to acquisition of first words in non-responders, children who most people have given up on. And finally, we will present data on video-modeling in adolescents and young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome, showing how young adults may come to lead satisfying and productive lives.

Koegel, L. & LaZebnik, C. (April, 2009). Growing Up on the Spectrum: A Guide to Life, Love, and Learning for Teens and Young Adults with Autism and Asperger’s. Viking/Penguin

Koegel, R. L., Koegel, L. K., Vernon, T., and Brookman, L. (2009). Empirically Supported Pivotal Response Treatment for Autism. In J. Weisz and A. Kazdin. Evidence-based Psychotherapies for Children and Adolescents. New York: Guilford Press.


Event detail
6 Nov 2009 - 09:00 - 10:00
Semel Institute
760 Westwood Plaza Semel Auditorium #C8-183
Los Angeles, CA 90024
United States
Phone: Dr. Wilkinson: 310-825-9041
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