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Cost and Time

Cost

The costs of using PRT will depend to a large extent on who provides the training, how long it takes to implement the intervention, and whether support materials are purchased.

For example, according to the Koegel Autism Consultants website, accessed on 5 April 2016, Koegel Autism Consultants can provide a single 90 minute Skype consultancy session to parents for $280.00 or 12 monthly Skype consultancies over the course of a year for $1,600.

The Rush University Medical Center website, accessed on 5 April 2016, lists some suppliers, which provide hands-on, individualised training to parents at a cost of $330 (hourly rate at PhD level); $75-$200 (hourly rate at MA level).

Time

Like many other interventions, the length and frequency of treatment will depend to a large extent on the needs of the individual. In some cases, the intervention will require many hours of work each day and be implemented over many years.

For example, according to the Autism Speaks website, accessed on 5 April 2016,

“PRT programs usually involve 25 or more hours per week for the learner as well as instruction for parents and other caregivers. Indeed, everyone involved in the learner’s life is encouraged to use PRT methods consistently. PRT has been described as a “lifestyle” adopted by the affected family.”

Updated
19 Dec 2017
Last Review
01 Oct 2016
Next Review
01 Oct 2019