START Program
Ages 2-8


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 Speech-Language Pathologist with Level 5 PRT Training


Program Details

  • 10 Zoom group sessions in the evening
  • 1 daytime home visit
  • 8 video feedbacks


Participation Details

  • Attend and participate in group sessions
  • Be available for 1 daytime home visit
  • Submit videos for feedback
  • Each session will be a positive and interactive experience!

Recruitment for START is ongoing.
This program is offered 4 times per year - Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.


Evenings from 6:30pm - 8:00pm


The Centre for Autism Services Alberta NEW location!
#1, 9353 - 50 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
T6B 2L5



Program is available for children already receiving Specialized Services (SS) funding, and is at no extra cost to families