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 autism, 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 Level 5 PRT Trainer


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

Via Zoom Video Conference
Sessions run once a week from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Next Session: Fall 2022

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
September 28 – December 7, 2022

Download the registration form by clicking “Register” below. Once completed, email your completed form to

For more information, including pricing, please contact Renai Sveinson

Now available in Calgary! Get more info here.