What is CPRT?

Classroom Pivotal Response Teaching (CPRT) is a naturalistic, behavioral intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It is a classroom modification of Pivotal Response Training (PRT), designed specifically to meet the additional demands that special education teachers face in public and private school classrooms. Based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), CPRT specifies eight teacher behaviors designed to get and maintain a high level of student motivation, as well as maintain and generalize student skills across a variety of settings and people.

Five components specify antecedents, or things that the teacher should do as they are setting up and/or delivering the student an opportunity to respond. Three components specify consequences, things that the teacher should do in response to the child’s behavior/response. When utilized together in one teaching interaction, implementation of these eight components represent use of CPRT.


Resources
 
For more information about CPRT please refer to our published manual, available for sale on Amazon or directly from the publisher, Guilford Press (link to publisher).

Training in CPRT
For more information about training tailored to your district or organization, please email <cprt@ucsd.edu>.