The goal of any parent is to foster the best environment for growth for their child. This is not any different for the parents of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and it might even take on a stronger emphasis via the need to incorporate ABA treatment into your daily routine.
At the same time, it is important to keep yourself mentally healthy and maintain a routine that is healthy for you, your child, and the entire support network around you. Thus, we recommend going through some ABA classes for parents and treating parent goals for ABA as skills you need to hone for the long run.
If a clinic is flippant or ‘flexible’ about parent involvement in your ABA therapy, then we recommend looking elsewhere for help. At Ally Pediatric Therapy, it is beyond encouraged; it is mandatory that parents collaborate with our clinicians. This is because there is never going to be a stronger advocate and teacher for your children than you, so being anything less than fully capable to teach them is doing you both a disservice.
Similarly, the more you communicate and stay on the same page as your clinicians and therapists, the easier it will be for your child. The collaboration will allow you to swap educational feedback and experiences rather than guessing how your child has reacted during ABA training in different environments. There may also be autism parent training topics that you want to reinforce or learn more about, and having a strong relationship with your child’s treatment team will encourage this.
One of the key goals of ABA therapy is comfort – for all members of the household of a child diagnosed with ASD. With this in mind, as you go through ABA parent training materials with clinicians or therapists, it should not be a source of stress or confusion. The easiest way to make sure this is the case is to be communicative with your professional support group about the following topics:
The success of these principles and any other ones introduced to you at an ABA parent training course will be contingent on consistency, communication, and a closed-circuit implementation between you, your child, and their professional support group. We always recommend mapping out your parent training routine and goals to see if you are achieving the success you set out to have in order to make life easier for you and your child.
At Ally Pediatric Therapy, we strive to make a difference by providing the best ABA therapy to children in our support system. A large part of this is making sure that parent participation is constructive and uses functional implementations supported by modern research. We believe we can all be stronger allies for your child when we work together.
If you are looking to help your child achieve their maximum potential, we are ready to guide you through a unique treatment framework. Please reach out today so we can take the next steps towards a better life.