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

The Start program is a sought-after, scientifically-based group program for parents/caregivers of young children with autism. Based on Pivotal Response Therapy (PRT), a specialized 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 facilitated by an experienced Speech-Language Pathologist with a formal certification in PRT.


Program Details

  • A pre-program consultation prior to the program start date
  • 11-weeks of targeted coaching
  • Parents attend weekly group meetings from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Parents receive one daytime home visit
  • Childcare can be provided
  • Parents are expected to bring videos of themselves each week practicing PRT strategies with their child
  • Each session will be a positive and interactive experience!

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

Fall Session
Wednesdays | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
September 25 | October 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
November 6, 20 & 27 | December 4
*No session Week 8, November 13*

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

Contact Angele Fournier, SLP
780.488.6600 ext. 211 |