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ABA Parent Training and Your Daily Routine

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.

Parents and Collaboration

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.

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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.

Parent Training Should Always Be Comfortable For You

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:

  • Lesson Plans: ABA parent training isn’t one-size-fits-all; that would be doing your child and your family an injustice. Thus, it is important for the professionals you work with to create unique materials that accommodate your specific household situation, and equally as important for you to follow them. We do like to make a distinction between labeling these plans a curriculum vs. a framework however – a curriculum implies a set period of time and topics, whereas a framework implies that you will be applying these principles for the long-term.
  • Parent-Child Relationship: Part of the training that you go through as an ABA parent is how to relate to your child in those terms. While this may sound strange (after all, no one knows your child better than you), it is more a matter of keeping terminology, reinforcement, and teachings consistent. This might not come naturally vs. the way you have interacted with your child up until ABA therapy, so sometimes it is a good idea to hear outside perspectives on how you can build this skill best.

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  • Topics to be aware of: As your clinician or therapist develops an individual framework for your child and family, there will be an emphasis on certain ABA topics. These include items like life skills, positive reinforcement, generalization and maintenance, and the ABC’s – antecedents, behaviors, and consequences. Each of these can be calibrated to certain behaviors that your child exhibits and at different time periods depending on what you are prioritizing at home. Your therapist should help you develop and adapt these skills within the framework you have discussed.
  • Function-Based Intervention: A good clinician should teach you about the four functions of behavior as they are assessed in ABA. They are Escape, Attention, Access, and Automatic. Each of these will pertain to why a child with autism behaves in a certain way – for example, escape behavior would be avoiding a chore they don’t want to do. Once you have learned about the clinical ‘why’ for certain behaviors, a plan can be created for you to implement.
  • Talking to Your Child: While the behavior technician will have technical terms that pertain to ABA and the framework you are working within, the most important relationship is that of you to your child. There are always going to be special nuances in how you and your child converse, and sometimes parent training with clinical expertise behind it can illuminate an element of dialogue that might have been lacking between the two of you. Ultimately, that’s really the purpose of ABA therapy and all behavioral interventions for ASD – to help your child and family live a full life together. If you can talk to your child in more clear terms, then mission accomplished.

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.

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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.