In the previous lesson of the ‘Effective Parenting Tips for Raising a Child with ASD: Free E-Learning Series,’ we covered some tips on using data collection or, in other words, on measuring your child’s behaviors as a tool for helping them to improve their skills and learn new things.
In this lesson, we’ll briefly go over some more concepts that can help you to help your child.
Try the following tips below.
- If possible, after deciding what skills or behaviors that you want to help your child improve upon and then deciding how you’ll keep track of these behaviors, have someone else practice taking data on the behavior. This is called looking at interobserver agreement. If you and someone else, such as a spouse or friend, can get the same data you know that your notes will be more accurate because you are more clear on what you are working on with your child. You also know that you don’t have to be the only one who is recording the data which can be helpful if you aren’t always there to keep an eye on your child.
- Consider whether you are measuring (or taking data) on what you truly want to focus on with your child. How accurate is your information? Are you getting reliable and consistent data?
- Using an ‘equal-interval graph’ is helpful because it can allow you to visually see progress (or lack of progress) rather than simply having the numbers written down as data. You could make a bar graph or a line graph and update it with the data about your child’s behaviors.
- You might use a cumulative record instead of an equal-interval graph. This can help you see the trend of how your child is improving. This could be used for a lot of things, such as how many spelling words he has learned or how many times he says a certain word. [Here is a great explanation of a cumulative record.]
- You can choose to use discontinuous or continuous measurement procedures. The difference is either recording every time your child does the certain behavior or only some of the incidents of the behavior.
- Offer your child choices in a variety of ways.
The tips identified above give just a snapshot of different ways that you can use behavioral strategies to improve your child’s learning. By using some of these techniques, you can help ensure that your child is making progress or, if they aren’t, then you can make changes based on what is truly going on for your child and their behaviors.
Check out the following lessons in the
‘Effective Parenting Tips for Raising a Child with ASD: Free E-Learning Series.’