Applying Pivotal Response Treatment as an Intervention for Children Diagnosed with Dup15q: Measuring the Effects on Language and Parent Satisfaction
Previous studies have found that Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) is beneficial for teaching language to a child with autism. Studies have neglected to examine the effects of utilizing PRT with children diagnosed with dup15q. To examine this, a three-day parent education program was created to assess the effects of using PRT to increase language of a child with dup15q. A multiple baseline design was used, and dependent variables included measures of verbal language as well a parent satisfaction. Four families participated in the study and were recruited from an organization known as the Dup15q Alliance; all families included a child with dup15q and at least one parent. It was found that language increased as a result of the parent education program. Participating parents reported increased satisfaction in PRT. The study’s finding supports the use of PRT with children diagnosed with dup15q.