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Autistic Kids May Benefit From Parent-Led Therapy

Postby BTDT » Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:20 pm

Autistic Kids May Benefit From This Kind of Parent-Led Therapy

Parents can learn how to give effective therapy to their children with autism, a new study in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry finds.

Researchers at Stanford University looked at a type of therapy called Pivotal Response Training (PRT), which is one the of the handful of treatments shown to be effective for kids on the autism spectrum, says Kari Berquist, PhD, study co-author and a clinical instructor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences and an autism clinician at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. The therapy focuses on improving kids’ motivation language skills by reinforcing their use of language related to the task at hand. One of the advantages is it can be done anywhere: anytime a child attempts to ask for something by name—a toy, say—they’d be rewarded with the item they requested, which reinforces their use of language.


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Re: Autistic Kids May Benefit From Parent-Led Therapy

Postby Winnie » Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:09 pm

So interesting -- and potentially huge for the parents and the kids. I haven't seen anything on PRT in a while -- wish the full text was not behind a paywall!
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