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:

  • Playing and having fun with others!
  • Important communication skills like:
    • asking for things
    • answering questions
    • making choices
    • copying language
  • Using a wider variety of words to meet their needs


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 formal certification in PRT
  • FSCD-Approved*
  • The Centre also accepts private referrals


Program Details

  • Parents will learn about autism, and how to connect and have fun with their child!
  • 11 weeks of targeted coaching
  • Parent group meetings on Zoom from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm weekly


Participation Details

  • Attend and participate in group sessions
  • Parents receive one home visit mid-program (over Zoom)
  • Taking and sharing home videos of PRT practice is required
  • Each session will be a positive and interactive experience!


For more information and to apply to the START Program, contact Arianna at


Thursday evenings from 6:30pm - 8:00pm


For more information and to apply to the START Program, contact Arianna at


The Centre for Autism Services Alberta
#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