Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 92–101 | Cite as

Pivotal Response Group Treatment Program for Parents of Children with Autism

  • Mendy Boettcher MinjarezEmail author
  • Sharon E. Williams
  • Emma M. Mercier
  • Antonio Y. Hardan
Original Paper


The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders is increasing, necessitating the development of efficient treatment models. Research has demonstrated that parent-delivered behavioral interventions are a viable treatment model; however, little research has focused on teaching parents in groups. The aim of this study was to demonstrate that parents can learn Pivotal Response Training (PRT) in group therapy, resulting in correlated gains in children’s language. Baseline and post-treatment data were obtained and examined for changes in (a) parent fidelity of PRT implementation, and (b) child functional verbal utterances. Significant differences were observed for both variables. These findings suggest that parents can learn PRT in a group format, resulting in correlated child language gains, thus future controlled studies are warranted.


Parent training Parent education Behavioral interventions Group therapy 



This work was supported in part by Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital research grant to Dr. Minjarez. We would also like to gratefully acknowledge the families for their participation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mendy Boettcher Minjarez
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Sharon E. Williams
    • 1
  • Emma M. Mercier
    • 1
    • 3
  • Antonio Y. Hardan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences/Autism CenterSeattle Children’s HospitalSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Durham UniversityDurhamUK

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