Teaching symbolic play skills to children with autism using Pivotal Response Training

  title={Teaching symbolic play skills to children with autism using Pivotal Response Training},
  author={Aubyn C. Stahmer},
  journal={Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders},
  • A. Stahmer
  • Published 1 April 1995
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Used Pivotal Response Training (PRT) to teach 7 children with autism to engage in symbolic play behaviors. Symbolic play, complexity of play behavior, and creativity of play were assessed. In addition, generalization measures were obtained across settings, toys, and play partners. Interaction with the play partners and comparison with typical controls were also examined. Results indicated that children with autism rarely exhibited symbolic play before training or after a control condition… 
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