Pivotal Response Treatment - Multi-Day Parent Training Program


Our Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) Multi-Day Parent Training Program is designed to help parents and caregivers learn and master a set of core, motivation-based autism intervention strategies that they can use with their child for years to come.

Designed for families that live far from our center, our program teaches caregivers how to implement PRT, a set of highly effective yet engaging strategies that are used to teach children with autism how to talk, socialize, play, learn, and manage challenging behaviors. PRT draws from motivational and behavioral strategies and is strongly backed by science - it is recognized as one of the leading comprehensive autism intervention models and was developed here at UCSB!

Parents are coached through live sessions with their child and are given encouragement and feedback across several days. Families return home feeling confident and empowered with a comprehensive skillset they can then teach to other family members, school staff, and other professionals.

Our intervention programs are geared towards children ages 2-7 years old who are non-verbal or minimally verbal to promote language development, communication, and socialization, as well as verbally fluent children who seek to promote social interaction skills and positive behavior support. At this time, our program is not geared towards individuals with aggressive and severely disruptive behaviors. We are also able to offer this service to parents of children between the ages of 8-12; however, we first must conduct a screening to determine whether the program is a good fit for the needs of the family. Please contact our center for more information or if you wish to receive alternative referrals and resources. 

Each program is tailored to the unique needs of your child and targets core areas of development, such as social engagement, language development, social interaction skills, flexibility, and behavioral regulation skills. Our unique program utilizes the latest strategies drawn from the motivation-based autism intervention research (PRT, Social Tools and Rules for Teens/Transitions socialization strategies, self-management, and positive behavior support).

We offer both online and in-person versions of our program:


Our online PRT parent education program can be accessed from the comfort of your home and is provided through a secure, encrypted (HIPAA compliant) platform (Zoom for Telehealth). This is a behavioral consultation service in which we provide training to you in Pivotal Response treatment based on the specific needs of your child.

Our online program is five days long (typically Monday-Friday) and consists of 10 hours of training (2 hours each day). Each morning, there is a one hour parent education session, where we will work with you one-on-one and teach you the strategies through interactive lessons and video examples. In the afternoon, we will hold a one hour parent-child hands on session, where we will coach you through implementing PRT live with your child. We highly encourage you to use the time in between sessions and later in the afternoon to continue practicing the strategies with your child.

Prior to begining the program, we will have you complete some background information forms and submit some videos of you playing with your child in order to track your family's progression through the program.


We offer both our standard Three Day Therapy Program and our more comprehensive Extended Five Day Intensive Therapy Program. Each day, your family will participate in a 2-hour morning and 2-hour afternoon session with a break for lunch, for a total of 4 hours each day. Parents will be involved during the entire program, and other adult caretakers and family members are encouraged to join. Families typically stay in a local hotel and travel to the center for program appointments.

Our intervention programs are led by our advanced clinicians, who are highly trained and experienced doctoral students in the fields of clinical psychology and special education. Dr. Anna Krasno (our clinical director and licensed clinical psychologist) oversees program development and implementation.


For information about cost and other details, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, or contact us at autism@ucsb.edu or 805.893.2049 during business hours.


Due to the COVID-19 restrictions we will not be scheduling any in-person appointments until a future date. We are offering online (Zoom-based) training programs as an alternative to our regular in-person program, and these virtual trainings can be scheduled for any available week (contact us for availability). Some families may opt to begin with an online training and then schedule an in-person follow-up at a later date. For in-person programs, please keep in mind that your appointment may need to be postponed/rescheduled based on evolving state and university COVID-19 guidance, so we recommend that you make refundable/flexible travel arrangements. We thank you for your continued support during these uncertain times, and we hope to support you in any capacity that we can.

Please complete our online registration form below if you are interested in the program, and our team will be in contact with you once we have an available appointment.