NETwork Interventions strives to collaborate with parents in achieving success for their children and families. Our goal is to teach parents how to apply behaviour analysis in each situation they encounter, allowing them to gain control over programming and ultimately require less and less professional services.
Nicole M Trosclair-Lasserre of GNO Resource Center on Developmental Disablities chaired the presentation of “Applied Behaviour Analysis at home and in Schools: Teaching Parents and Teachers to Take an Active Role in Intervention.”
A summary is provided below:
Parents do not need to become masters of the science; they just need to know how to implement it correctly.
This means that in order to effectively teach your child, you do not need to go back to school to learn the science of ABA, but that you can focus on correct implementation without fully understanding the science.
A study used the following steps to layer in the information when teaching parents. They introduced skills one at a time and when they saw one skill being implemented correctly, they layered in the next one.
- How to set up appropriate environment.
- How to provide support to your child.
- How to correctly use prompts.
- How to implement correct consequence.
- How to take data.
They started with a lot of face to face contact, but as they faded, they saw the parent’s increase the hours they spent implementing the programme. This indicates that it is important to start with a high level of contact in the beginning to really teach parents the skills they will need and then begin to fade out. Take the time to teach them to teach their child and over time, they will be able to implement independently.
During this talk, a summer skills training programme was also presented. These training programmes were designed to teach the parents how to implement.
The set up
5 group sessions in a classroom – bi monthly.
9 one to one sessions – weekly.
Parents were provided with materials to practise at home during this time.
- How to select skills to teach
- How to use reinforcement
- How to teach new skills
- How to manage problem behaviour
- How to programme for maintenance and generalization
- How to collect data which was simplified to make collection achievable for parents.
One really important aspect of the summer school was that they let the parents choose the goals they wanted to work on. As soon as we become aware of more skills programmes like these we will post the information on our website (and probably attend/run some ourselves!).