Presented Friday by: Robert Koegel, Ph.D., and Lynn Kern Koegel, Ph.D.
Pivotal Response Treatment® (PRT) targets core features of autism to produce rapid and widespread gains in social, communicative and behavioral areas. Recent neurological research has shown that PRT changes brain activity in children with ASD to more closely resemble that of typically developing children.
As developers of PRT, Drs. Robert and Lynn Koegel of the University of California at Santa Barbara, along with their graduate students and colleagues, have published more than 200 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and written more than 30 books and manuals that support its effectiveness. PRT® is listed by the National Research Council as one of the 10 model programs for autism, and is one of four scientifically based practices for autism intervention in the U.S.
About Robert Koegel
He has published more than 150 articles and papers and authored six books relating to the treatment of autism and positive behavioral support. He has received numerous multimillion-dollar research and training grants from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Models of his procedures have been used in public schools and in parent education programs throughout California, the United States and other countries.
Dr. Koegel, director of the Koegel Autism Center at the University of California at Santa Barbara, is also a professor of clinical psychology and a professor of special education.
About Lynn Kern Koegel
Lynn Kern Koegel is the clinical director of the Koegel Autism Center at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She has been active in the development of programs to improve communication in children with autism, including the development of first words, grammatical structures and pragmatics.
Dr. Koegel is co-author and co-editor of major textbooks on autism and positive behavioral support and is co-author of the bestselling book Overcoming Autism: Finding the Answers, Strategies, and Hope That Can Transform a Child’s Life. She has published procedures and field manuals in self-management and functional analysis that are used in U.S. school districts and around the world.
She and her husband, Robert, were awarded the first annual Sesame Street Children’s Television Workshop Award for brightening the lives of children. She has also been featured in TV news reports and has appeared on episodes of the ABC television series Supernanny.