PRT Makes Brain Activity Resemble Typical Children

Dear Friends of the Koegel Autism Center,


We have some exciting news to share with you! A major Yale University study has recently revealed the impact of our Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT - Developed at UCSB) on brain activity in children with ASD. In addition to positive behavioral changes, fMRI measures showed that after Pivotal Response Treatment the brain activity of children with autism more closely resembled that of typically developing children. This compelling finding reveals that PRT goes beyond behavior modification to alter the physiology of the brain, offering a biological explanation for observed behavioral gains. This significant breakthrough in autism treatment research is likely the first of many studies that will explore the benefits of PRT on brain function and development in children with autism.

For more information you may contact us at

Koegel Autism Center
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9490

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