Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital

Project Title
Pivotal Response Therapy
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Hoffman Estates, IL

Research has shown that if children and youth with Autism Spectrum, Disorder (ASD) receive behavioral intervention early in life, there can be significant improvement in their levels of functioning and independence. Sadly, though, many children pass important developmental milestones missing the opportunity for timely intervention that can affect their life trajectory. In 2015 and with Oberweiler support, Alexian Brothers piloted a Pivotal Response Therapy (PRT) program that reaches children under 4 years of age. Grounded in play and targeting very young children, this ground breaking therapy teaches parents how to observe their children’s behaviors and apply intervention techniques. Funding supports PRT for those on Medicaid or having limited finances.