So far in the ‘Effective Parenting Tips for Raising a Child with ASD: Free E-Learning Series’ we have covered the following topics:
- Improving Your Child’s Behaviors through Data Collection
- Strategies to Help Track and Improve Your Child’s Learning
In this lesson, we will cover additional behavioral strategies that can help you raise your child with autism spectrum disorder while helping them improve their behaviors and learn new things.
Specifically, we will briefly introduce different methods and concepts that are relevant to using the scientifically validated method of behavior analysis to improve human behavior.
SCIENTIFIC METHODS AND CONCEPTS THAT CAN HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN
Consider the following ideas when working with your child on learning new things or improving behavioral issues.
- To truly use the science of applied behavior analysis which is known for being an approach to understanding and changing behavior, consider whether your teaching methods for your child include a focus on the following:
- Generalization: Does your child have a chance to practice their skills and behaviors in new ways, in new settings, or with new people?
- Effectiveness: Are you evaluating how well things are going for your child? This could be by using the data collection or measurement ideas from Lesson 1 or Lesson 2 in this series.
- Technological Methods: Are you using clear strategies that other people might also be able to use to help your child (such as a teacher or another parent)?
- Applied: Are you focusing on goals, behaviors, or skills that are truly important for your child’s quality of life and experiences in everyday life?
- Conceptually Systematic Strategies: Are you focusing on using concepts and techniques that are found to be effective according to behavioral science?
- Analytic: Are you basing your teaching strategies on the data that you collect to make sure your child is truly making progress and working toward larger goals?
- Behavioral: Are you focusing on objective and observable behaviors that you can see your child perform?
- Although you may not be interested in looking at the formal research that has been completed on behavior change and learning (or maybe you are), it can be helpful to know where to find credible sources so that you can receive guidance on real scientific findings that support ways of helping your child.
- One place you may find easy to read material that is also based on credible research is at www.ABAparenttraining.com or in other posts here on the Reflections on Applied Behavior Analysis blog.
- When you decide on a teaching strategy or how you will help your child learn something or change their behavior in some way, be consistent. Then, if it seems that something needs to change, be clear about the change and consistent with the new way of doing things. Be planful or strategic about how you use different strategies.
The tips identified above provide you with an overview of some of the concepts that you can use to help your child. By understanding and taking on these ideas, you can be more confident that your approach to helping your child is based on effective parenting strategies that can really make a difference.
Check out the following lessons in the
‘Effective Parenting Tips for Raising a Child with ASD: Free E-Learning Series’