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

  • An individual consultation will be conducted via Zoom prior to the program start date
  • 11 weeks of targeted coaching
  • Parent group meetings on Zoom from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. weekly
  • Parents receive one individual consultation mid-program (can be done in-person or via Zoom)
  • 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! 

Program Offered 4 Times Per Year!
Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer

Two delivery options to choose from:

  • Zoom Video Conference
  • In-Person

Sessions run once a week from 6-7:30 p.m.

Next Session: Winter 2021

December 3,10 & 17
January 7, 14, 21 & 28
February 11,18 & 25

Contact Angele Fournier, SLP 

Please contact Angele for pricing information.