Parent coaching is an important component of any ABA program. When parents and others around the child understand ABA concepts, ABA therapy is more effective and learners make better progress.
How can BCBAs get parents who are stressed and overwhelmed to engage in training? Based on research and 30+ years of experience working with families, I have finally discovered the answer to this question. This curriculum not only provides the information your families need during parent training, but it also gives you the tools you need to get them to engage in learning.
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.
Or does it?
You already know the importance of parent training to the success of an ABA program and that it’s usually required by the insurance company. Showing up to parent training isn’t enough to help your client succeed. Parents must engage in training and change their own behavior outside of sessions. The question is: how do you get parents to not only show up but to actually engage in parent training?
Parent coaching 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. This post provides the resources you need for effective parent coaching.
Positive reinforcement is a cornerstone intervention in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), but many people outside ABA including parents, caregivers and teachers believe that it’s nothing more than bribery. This post will help you explain the critical differences between reinforcement and bribery.
Engaging parents in treatment leads to more effective generalization at home with less intervention from professionals. Behavioral skills training (BST) provides a framework for teaching parents (Lafasakis & Sturmey, 2007), yet fails to offer a way to ensure parent participation. Five of the best strategies you can use include:
- Build a Rapport
- Assess the Parents’ Reinforcers
- Be Flexible about Coaching
- Set Realistic Goals
- Use a Homework Calendar
You may not even be aware, but there is a raging debate over whether ABA is harmful or hurtful. It’s critical that as professionals in ABA we understand both sides of this debate. We must be aware of and responsive to the concerns of those who fear ABA. We must continue to drive the field toward more sensitive, positive practices. This post explains more.