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.
Although they require some practice to write effectively, operational definitions are a key component in writing your behavior intervention plan (BIP) or when collecting data about specific behaviors. Operational definitions allow you to convey either what the behavior looks like (topography) or what function the behavior serves while providing sufficient detail to be clear. Take the time to practice and refine how you write your operational definitions!
Two common interventions utilized by professionals include Natural Environment Teaching and Discrete Trial Training. Choose the right one for your client.
Although frequency and rate data provide important information about the occurrence of behaviors, practitioners in the field often struggle with accurately collecting the data.
ABA teaching methods occur in a variety of treatment settings falling along a continuum between natural and highly analog environments. Pivotal Response Training is a teaching methodology from the more natural end of this continuum. It focuses on improving skills in 4 pivotal areas that, once learned, help the child acquire other skills more rapidly.
The Premack Principle states that a behavior an individual chooses to do on his own will reinforce a less preferred behavior. Professionals commonly use this intervention to reduce demand refusal, but there are many practical applications beyond this use.
Positive and negative reinforcement occur when a consequence that follows a behavior and the behavior occurs more often in the future. Learn more!
Although professionals often refer to this prompt hierarchy as one sequence of prompts that can be followed in ascending or descending order of intrusiveness, in reality, there are 3 distinct hierarchies. Prompts from one hierarchy may naturally be included during prompt fading.
Stereotypies are repetitive vocal or motor behavior commonly observed in children with autism. Not all stereotypies warrant intervention. Learn more!
Token economy systems build intrinsic motivation by pairing a reinforcer with a token, then thinning the reinforcement over time. Learn more!