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August 20, 2019

Inside Stanford Medicine: One therapy beats others at motivating kids with autism to speak

Pivotal response treatment (PRT) involving parents works better than other existing therapies at motivating children with autism and significant speech delays to talk, according to the results of a large study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.  

Because children with autism are less socially motivated than typically developing children, parents’ instincts about how to engage them often don’t succeed, said Grace Gengoux, PhD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. PRT gives parents a way to breach this barrier.

Read more about this and other stories in the latest edition of Inside Stanford Medicine