August 26, 2008
For immediate release
Koegel Autism Consultants, led by international autism authorities Drs. Robert and Lynn Koegel, presents the Third Annual Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) Conference at UC Santa Barbara, September 11-12. This year’s conference – a major event helping to stem the increasing incidence of autism – will feature the latest findings from the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Asperger Center. Workshop sessions will be focused for returning attendees and new attendees can earn Level I certification. Those interested in attending can register on-line at education.ucsb.edu/autism
“We have been thrilled with the success of the conference and have had a full house every year,” says Lynn Koegel. “It has been a great opportunity for us, and our staff, to personally interact with parents and professionals from all over the globe.”
The Koegel Autism Research & Training Center at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School is overseen by Drs. Robert and Lynn Koegel. The major goals of the center are increasing our understanding of autism spectrum disorders, the development and implementation of state-of-the-art pivotal response treatments, as well as the improvement of elementary and secondary education efforts for children with autism and other severe disabilities. The center’s primary interests lie in research and training (both pre-service and in-service), focusing on family support and on the education of children with autism in community environments and classrooms with their typically developing peers.
Pivotal Response Training (PRT) is a behavioral treatment intervention used to target language skills, play skills and social behaviors in children with autism. PRT is able to increase the generalization of new skills while increasing the motivation of children to perform these behaviors being taught to them. PRT works to increase motivation by including components such as child choice, turn-taking, reinforcing attempts and interspersing maintenance tasks.
[Robert and Lynn Koegel are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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