Pivotal Response Treatment

This information is useful for children
autism
Why Yale Medicine?
  • We offer expertise, experience and novel approaches to treatment that are not found elsewhere.
  • Our experience with patients and families informs clinical practice and research around the world.
  • We believe in treating the whole child, which is the guiding principle of all that we do.

Modern medicine has brought new hope in the treatment of autism. In the 1970s, researchers began to achieve success with behavior modification, specifically in the use of positive reinforcements to teach children to interact with others. Pivotal response treatment (PRT) builds and improves on the basic principles of behavior modification. PRT uses a child’s natural motivations (toys, games and activities that a child wants and cares about) to teach and reinforce new, pro-social behaviors.

At the Yale Medicine Child Study Center, we offer research and experience with behavior modification that is adapted throughout the world. 

The Child Study Center offers a unique blend of experience, expertise and novel approaches to treatment not available elsewhere. “We are doing cutting edge, innovative research,” says Pam Ventola, PhD, an expert in PRT and an assistant professor at the Yale Child Study Center. “Our experience with patients and their families informs clinical research around the world.”

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.