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Pivotal Response Treatment Information

What is PRT?

Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) is an evidence-based outpatient program that helps children with autism or developmental delays develop the skills they need while also supporting the caregiver and family throughout the therapeutic process. Children diagnosed with autism and/or PDD are often challenged by language, play, social, and behavioral issues. It can feel like a struggle to make progress, especially if your child’s needs do not often fit neatly into a structured classroom setting. PRT provides the flexibility and support during your child’s critical years of development.

How does PRT work?

Pivotal Response Treatment is a fully-flexible, open-format program to increase language skills, positive behaviors, social communication and academic skills. Over 20 weeks, children and caregivers meet with the clinician 1-3 times per week in the office. The therapist works with the family to encourage areas of strength and meet challenges with compassion. The format provides an opportunity for parents to learn and practice therapeutic tools in a controlled environment with direct guidance from the therapist. The Pivotal Response clinician trains and empowers parents and caregivers to take an active role during the development, and improvement, of critical social skills. Once the program is complete, continued support is available to encourage, correct and reinforce effective techniques.

Who can benefit from PRT?

Children diagnosed with autism and/or PDD ages 2-16.

How can I get started?

Contact us to begin: Delaware County: (484) 454-8720 Chester County: (610) 383-5635 Philadelphia County: (267) 713-4100 Or contact to learn more.

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Locations with Pivotal Response Treatment


2901 Island Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19153

(267) 713-4100
Headquarters at Havertown

2000 Old West Chester Pike
Havertown, PA 19083

(484) 454-8700