To help your child with learning new things in everyday life and to improve their behavior in ways that will help them live their best life, use the following tips to shape and encourage appropriate skills and behaviors.
Although there is much more that could be taught and learned about regarding the following tips, these ideas give you a place to start when learning about effective strategies that are found to be helpful in changing behavior and helping a child to live a better quality of life.
These tips are based upon the research-supported principles of behavior analysis which is founded on the principles of how people learn and develop and how behavior is changed or maintained over time.
TIPS FOR HELPING YOUR CHILD LEARN NEW SKILLS AND IMPROVE THEIR BEHAVIOR
- Track your child’s behaviors by taking notes, or taking data, about what they do.
- Take data on things that will help you see if progress is or is not being made, such as by gathering any of the following type of information:
- Frequency data (which is basically how many times something happens)
- Rate (which is how many times something happens within a given time period)
- Duration (which is how long something takes to happen)
- Latency (for instance, this could be how long it takes your child to start doing something after being told to do the activity)
- Interresponse time (which is the length of time between two behaviors or responses)
- Trials to criterion (which is the number of times it takes your child to practice a skill in order to successfully complete that skill or activity)
Measuring your child’s behavior is important so that you know if your child is truly learning and improving his or her behavior.
Measuring behavior doesn’t have to be complicated or too scientific. It can simply be taking notes on a sheet of paper or quickly making a tally mark on a data chart when your child does a certain behavior.
There are many ways to collect data. Use one of the above ideas for measuring your child’s learning so that you can be sure that your child is moving in the right direction when it comes to helping him or her achieve greater skills in life.
For other effective parenting strategies and tips, review the lessons found in the
‘Effective Parenting Tips for Raising a Child with ASD: Free E-Learning Series’
- Lesson 2: Strategies to Help Track and Improve Your Child’s Learning
- Lesson 3: Effective Parenting is Based on Effective Scientific Concepts
- Lesson 4: Using Experimental Design in Parenting
- Lesson 5: Unwanted Effects of Certain Parenting Strategies