Parents as Behavioral Change Agents

Updated: Dec 13, 2021

In today’s changing world, parental roles continue to evolve. Busy schedules and environmental changes outside the home are forcing parents to take on new roles within the family unit. Parents of children with special needs are especially susceptible to this challenge as services in many areas may be difficult to find. On the surface this may seem to be a roadblock, but as we look deeper, it may be a silver lining.

Early intervention and consistency are vital to a child’s development, and there is no one in a child’s life more consistent than their parent. A Parent already has a natural rapport with their child. Moreover, a parent has a deeper level of trust with their child than an interventionist will ever have. According to the National Research Council (2020), parent-implemented interventions are an essential component of quality early-intervention programs for younger children. In recent years, the trend of parent training has become increasingly popular among Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) companies worldwide.

There are many advantages to ABA teaching methods delivered in the home by the parent, during daily routines. In the home, a child is comfortable and more familiar with their surroundings. Home skills such as toileting, personal hygiene, and basic self-help skills are easily implemented and lead to more effective generalization in new environments. Adolescents also benefit from parent-led intervention, as parents teach important life skills that are essential on their path to independence.

The ABA Parent provides parents and caregivers with the training and support necessary to succeed as parent-led interventionists. The Parent-Led ABA Intervention (PLAI) series enables parents to become actively involved in their child’s learning. With our monthly subscription and courses, parents learn ABA techniques that teach them how to implement skill acquisition programs and handle challenging behavior easily and effectively. Our goal is to empower parents by giving them the tools and guidance to ensure the best possible outcome for their children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

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