Q. What role does a parent have in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?
A. Parents play a critical role in successful outcomes of their child’s ABA therapy. ABA therapy is successful in teaching skills and reducing undesirable behaviors. Parents are with their children far more than any therapist. For this reason, how parents engage with their children while incorporating or not incorporating ABA principles into their daily routines is vital in how quickly and efficiently the child will learn what is being taught during therapy sessions. Empowering parents during parent trainings is a crucial aspect of a client’s ABA therapy to ensure carryover of the ABA principles in the home and community settings. It is also important for parents to remember that teaching skills and reducing undesirable behaviors is a long-term investment and that ups and downs are part of the journey.
Amy Denton, Owner \ Pediatrics Plus, PT \ www.pediatricsplus.com