Start Program
Using Pivotal Response Treatment to Increase Verbal Language: A Parent Coaching Group

The Start Program is a sought-after group program for parents/caregivers of young children with autism. Based on Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), a therapy model developed by the Koegel Autism Centre in California, this innovative program teaches parents practical strategies to support their child in:

  • Using words and sentences to ask for things
  • Answering questions
  • Making choices
  • Copying what other people say


The Centre for Autism Services Alberta is the only facility in Western Canada that offers this extraordinary coaching program

  • Designed specifically for early language development in children with ASD, ages 2-8
  • Program development based on 40 years of research
  • Strategies designed to be implemented during daily routines
  • All sessions are led by an experienced Speech-Language Pathologist with a formal certification in PRT


Program Details

  • A home visit will be conducted prior to the program start date
  • 11 weeks of targeted coaching
  • Parent group meetings from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. weekly
  • Parents receive one daytime home visit mid-program
  • Childcare can be provided
  • Taking and sharing home videos of PRT practice is required
  • Each session will be a positive and interactive experience!

The START Program from the eyes of a parent: read Lucas’s story! 

Spring Session
March 11, 18 & 25
April 1, 8, 15 & 22
May 6, 13 & 20
(No group on April 29)

Centre for Autism Services Alberta, 4752 – 99 Street NW, Edmonton

Contact Angele Fournier, SLP
780.488.6600 ext. 211 | 

Please contact Angele for pricing information.