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with Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA

Parent Training Recommendations for ABA Professionals

Applied behavior analysis professionals often work with children. However, when working with youth it is important to consider how you can help their caregivers be involved in treatment, as well. To help children get the most out of ABA intervention, it is recommended to provide their caregivers with training in the area of ABA individualized to their child.

Training caregivers often refers to training parents, but this could also be a service that is provided to grandparents, teachers, daycare providers, or foster parents. This training can greatly benefit the children you work with by helping their caregivers to implement effective strategies outside of session as well as to help caregivers learn to reinforce and help generalize skills targeted in session.

Sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start when trying to develop plans for parent training in ABA services. Check out ABAParentTraining.com for more resources and guidance on this subject.

Following are some recommendations for resources that can be used within your parent training sessions. It is always important to individualize services to clients and caregivers but the following resources can give you some guidance as to what content and methods to use within parent training in ABA services.

EXAMPLES OF LESSONS FOUND IN THE OFFICIAL ‘ONE-YEAR ABA PARENT TRAINING CURRICULUM’ INCLUDE:

OFFICIAL table of contents for one-year abapt curriculum

You may also want to check out acceptance and commitment therapy related materials.

ACT Made Simple: An Easy-To-Read Primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (The New Harbinger Made Simple Series)

“If you’re looking for ways to optimize your client sessions, consider joining the many thousands of therapists and life coaches worldwide who are learning acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). With a focus on mindfulness, client values, and a commitment to change, ACT is proven-effective in treating depression, anxiety, stress, addictions, eating disorders, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder (BPD), and myriad other psychological issues. It’s also a revolutionary new way to view the human condition—packed full of exciting new tools, techniques, and strategies for promoting profound behavioral change.” Although this book is not designed specifically for ABA professionals providing parent training, the concepts in this book may be useful when providing this service as the principles of ACT are based on behavioral concepts and help people accept challenges as well as commit to meaningful change.

Use this book to help you in guiding parents in the task of teaching kids and adolescents to develop life skills. Life skills are an essential area that should be focused on in ABA services, especially in parent training.

The Ins and Outs of Poop: A Guide to Treating Childhood Constipation

“These topics include: functional constipation in the first 24 months of life, how toilet training can cause encopresis, how to manage encopresis in the classroom and how temperament-related behavior problems can cause functional constipation. It also includes a self-study Parent-Child Interaction Training (PCIT) course which teaches parents how to “treat” such behavioral problems.” Use this book if you have a client who is having difficulties with bowel movements. You can use this book in your trainings with parents to help them work on these issues outside session time which will be so important to the child’s progress in this area.

The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively

“discover how to speak your child’s love language in a way that he or she understands. Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Ross Campbell help you:

  • Discover your child’s love language
  • Assist your child in successful learning
  • Use the love languages to correct and discipline more effectively
  • Build a foundation of unconditional love for your child

Plus: Find dozens of tips for practical ways to speak your child’s love language.”

Although this book was not written for the ABA field, the message that the book presents can be translated into behavioral ideas. For instance, the recommendation to speak your child’s love language can be translated into viewing this as a way of using positive reinforcement and building rapport with your child from an ABA lens.

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Clearly Define ABA Parent Training

 

 

Parent Training Recommendations for ABA Professionals


APA Reference
Gilmore, H. (2019). Parent Training Recommendations for ABA Professionals. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 20, 2019, from https://pro.psychcentral.com/child-therapist/2019/02/parent-training-recommendations-for-aba-professionals/