with Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA


Support Self-Care Power in Adolescents

The life stage of adolescence is quite complex. Adolescents go through many changes. The experiences an adolescent has during their teen years can influence their adulthood for better or for worse. One way that a teen's experience can influence their adult years is the way they develop self-care behaviors.
Self-care is important for anyone for many reasons. Self-care helps a person to manage stress and improve overall well-being and life satisfaction.
Adolescents at Risk
Adolescents may also be at...


Your Well-Being as a Treatment Provider Affects Your Client’s Outcomes

Making a Difference
Want to make a difference in the world? For your clients? The research on what makes some treatment services effective and what makes some services not so effective is expanding and is helping clinicians to improve the services they provide to clients. This ultimately helps people who receive those services to accomplish their goals and make positive changes in their lives.
Therapist Effects
The research shows that there are what is known as "therapist effects" that...


Therapist Effects on Treatment Outcomes: Factors that Influence Client Progress

As a clinician providing behavioral health services to clients, your personal behaviors and attitudes can influence the outcomes that your clients receive. Not only does implementing your service as it is designed, such as using applied behavior analysis accurately, make a difference; Your actions, thoughts, beliefs, and values can also impact the treatment process and experience for your clients.

In 1974, a study was published that looked at the differences in treatment outcomes for two behavior therapists...


ABA Parent Training Goals: 10 Effective Skills to Incorporate into ABA Parent Training

Clarifying ABA Parent Training Goals
ABA parent training is complex. There is an endless amount of goals that could be worked on within the context of ABA parent training. There are so many different skills that a parent could learn to help improve their child's behaviors and functioning and to help improve the parent's life, as well.
10 Effective Skills to Work on With Parents
Here is a list of 10 skills that are found to be helpful for...


Communication Skills: ABA Providers Need to Work on Communication Skills, Too (Not Just Clients)

Communication Skills of the Service Provider
Communication skills are often taught within the field of applied behavior analysis particularly when working with children or adults who have a disability or developmental delay.

Something that is often overlooked is the communication skills that the service provider has themselves. Not everyone has the same communication skills.

Sometimes, a service provider's lack of or differences in certain aspects of communication skills can interfere with treatment satisfaction or outcomes for the client.

When a...


Treatment Planning: Goal Setting within an ABA Parent Training Treatment Plan

Treatment Planning
Treatment planning is an important part of any clinical service. Treatment planning helps both the service provider and the client.
Focus on Goals
In the context of ABA parent training, treatment planning helps ensure that treatment remains focused on established goals. Within the treatment planning process, a parent collaborates with the service provider to identify meaningful (or socially significant) goals that will help the parent, their child, and/or the family as a whole.
Goals for Child, Parent, and...


ABA Parent Training Assessment: Using a Combination of Assessment Tools

Assessment in ABA
When working with parents in applied behavior analysis, it is important to complete a thorough assessment. Although assessment can be complex no matter what population you are working with, it can be somewhat tricky when working with parents.
Assessment and ABA Parent Training
Assessment within the context of ABA parent training has to address both the parent and their child as well as the environment of both individuals and the contingencies at play that are influencing...


Parent Coaching: Using a Coaching Approach in ABA Parent Training

Parent Involvement is Key
Teaching parents is repeatedly recommended throughout the academic and scientific literature when it comes to helping children manage behaviors and learn new skills.
Use of a Parent Coaching Approach
One approach to helping parents become more intentional in their efforts to help their children is to use 'parent coaching.'

Sometimes the idea of parent training may seem more like the professional is simply leading the services and passing on knowledge from themselves to the parent with...


Motivational Interviewing: A Valuable Tool for Creating Change with ABA Clients

Motivational Interviewing
Motivational interviewing is a strategy that can be helpful in applied behavior analysis services.
Connection with ABA
One of the main goals of ABA is to get someone to make a change.

That could be a parent changing their behavior so that they can help change their child's behavior or maybe it could be in a health program where ABA is being utilized and the person is working on losing weight so they need to make changes to...


Parent Follow-Through: Getting Parents to Follow Clinical Recommendations

How to Get a Parent to Follow Through on Clinical Recommendations?
This may be a question you have asked yourself about clients you've worked with in your practice.

Sometimes parents can be reluctant to follow recommendations made by a service provider whether that be a physician, a teacher, therapist, or a behavior analyst.
Respect Parent's Right to Decide for Their Child
It is important to respect a parent's rights to make decisions for their child and to choose which recommendations...