BST includes 4 basic steps including providing clear instructions, modeling desired behaviors, offering practice opportunities and providing feedback for trainees. Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of BST in improving performance across a range of settings and target audiences. From training teachers to implement behavioral momentum, to caregiver implementations of the Premack Principle, BST has shown positive results when used correctly.
ABA parent training is an important part of any ABA program. It involves teaching parents critical skills to ensure generalization, improve functioning in the natural environment, reduce the parent’s stress level, and generally make life more enjoyable for everyone.
Your master’s degree program failed to teach you these critical pieces that transform parent training forever. Engage parents in parent training by building a collaborative relationship, setting the right goals, giving parents the confidence to believe they can make a difference.
Parent training requires a combination of relationship development and an exchange of knowledge. Professionals walk a fine line between establishing themselves as the expert while building enough trust to encourage follow-through. Parents must believe you care about their child and your recommendations will make a difference. Merge Behavioral Skills Training (BST) with active listening skills and see the difference in your parent training sessions.
As professionals, we must be aware of the debate over ABA strategies. We can then teach children in a way that honors who they are.