START Program
Ages 2-8


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 a Level 5 PRT Trainer



  • A home visit 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 daytime home visit mid-program (can be in-person or via Zoom)
  • Taking and sharing home videos of PRT practice is required
  • 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 6:00pm - 7:30pm


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