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12 ABA Parent Training Goal Ideas

Are you an ABA service provider (a BCBA, BCaBA, or other clinician providing ABA services)? Does part of your job include creating goals for applied behavior analysis parent training services? We have created a list of ideas that you may consider using for the purpose of ABA parent training goals. Be sure to reference your employer’s requirements and the funding source requirements for individualizing each goal to the client you are working with.


Expressive Communication

  1. Parent will have child’s communication book easily available to child (based on proximity level of child’s progress) at all times.
  2. Parent will provide at least 30 trials of echoics to child per day for 14 consecutive days.
  3. Parent will use least to most prompting to help child work on greeting others at least twice per day for 14 consecutive days.


Receptive Communication

  1. When giving child an instruction, parent will gain child’s attention by being in close proximity (within three feet) to child and being in child’s line of sight prior to giving instruction.
  2. Parent will repeat instruction only once. If child does not respond appropriately, parent will implement prompting strategy and restrict access to reinforcement.
  3. Parent will provide at least 10 trials of natural environment learning opportunities for child to tact a stimulus by asking child a question like “What is that?” while pointing to an item for 14 days.

Daily Living Skills

  1. Parent will provide verbal prompt to child twice per day for child to complete tooth-brushing and complete prompt hierarchy as identified with behavior analyst as necessary for 6 out of 7 days for three weeks.
  2. Parent will maintain a set scheduled time (ex: 7:00pm) for child to clean up his or her toys.
  3. Parent will post a morning routine visual schedule on child’s wall and will give child verbal and gestural reminder about schedule every morning for 14 days.

Behavior Management

  1. Parent will provide positive reinforcement in the form of verbal praise at the assigned reinforcement ratio when child shares toys with sibling.
  2. Parent will use extinction by not allowing child to gain access to preferred item when tantrum occurs.
  3. Parent will offer child two acceptable choices at least five times per day and will follow through on child’s choice.

If you have ideas for other ABA Parent training goals that you’d like to share with other service providers, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

12 ABA Parent Training Goal Ideas

Heather Gilmore, MSW, BCBA

Heather is a freelance writer, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and social worker. Heather takes interest in topics related to parenting, children, families, personal development, health and wellness, applied behavior analysis, as well as Autism, ADHD, Depression and Anxiety. Contact Heather if you would like to inquire about obtaining her freelance writing services. You can view more articles and resources from Heather at and email her at [email protected] You can also advertise your autism services at one of Heather's websites: Heather is the developer of the "One-Year ABA Parent Training Curriculum."


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APA Reference
Gilmore, H. (2019). 12 ABA Parent Training Goal Ideas. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 13, 2020, from