HomeUE Research Bulletinvol. 14 no. 1 (2012)

Effectiveness of Pivotal Response Training in the Improvement of Psychosocial Skills of Children with Autism

Melvin Carreon

Discipline: Psychology



This single-subject experiment explored the use of concurrent multiple baseline design across participants to determine if Pivotal Response Training (PRT) is effective in alleviating the psychosocial skills of children with autism (CWA).The results provide evidence that PRT increases the eye contact, attention span and play skill, and decreases the frequency of not waiting for one’s turn and the self-stimulatory behavior of CWA. The results are of particular relevance as the researcher continues to find effective interventions to improve not only the psychosocial skills but also the language and cognitive skills of the autistics.