Role of the Parent in ABA Therapy
Role of the Parent in ABA Therapy
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"Sooooo... while you guys are in the session, should I go upstairs? Keep my other kids busy and out of your hair? Do we need to be here or no? Am I allowed to watch the session or is that too distracting? Can I make suggestions? What about ask questions? When will you work with me directly/provide parent training? Am I supposed to work with my child the same way that you do? So I'm no longer mom/dad, I'm now THERAPIST?"

I have heard these questions (and many like them) over and over again when I first start working with a new client.

The parents are usually very excited about therapy starting, but also very confused about what their role is. Which to be fair, as ABA professionals we don't always make it crystal clear to the parents what they are supposed to be doing during therapy sessions, if they have to be present 100% of the time, and if they really are that big of a distraction to their child's learning. Is it best for the child to have mom and dad in the room, or just the ABA professional??


This video training will be helpful to any parent/caregiver with confusion about the ABA therapy process from the parent perspective: watch and participate, or step away and let the professional do their thing?




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Role of the Parent in ABA Therapy
"Sooooo... while you guys are in the session, should I go upstairs? Keep my other kids busy and out of your hair? Do we need to be here or no? Am I allowed to watch the session or is that too distracting? Can I make suggestions? What about ask questions? When will you work with me directly/provide parent training? Am I supposed to work with my child the same way that you do? So I'm no longer mom/dad, I'm now THERAPIST?"

I have heard these questions (and many like them) over and over again when I first start working with a new client.

The parents are usually very excited about therapy starting, but also very confused about what their role is. Which to be fair, as ABA professionals we don't always make it crystal clear to the parents what they are supposed to be doing during therapy sessions, if they have to be present 100% of the time, and if they really are that big of a distraction to their child's learning. Is it best for the child to have mom and dad in the room, or just the ABA professional??


This video training will be helpful to any parent/caregiver with confusion about the ABA therapy process from the parent perspective: watch and participate, or step away and let the professional do their thing?




Skill Acquisition 101
Oh, the art of skill acquisition!

This can be S-U-C-H a complex topic, even for professionals. But it doesn't have to be.

When you think about all of the amazing skills that can be taught to a learner/client/child, it should be exciting... not intimidating.

The interplay between capturing motivation and individualizing content, while also challenging/stretching the learner beyond what they can currently do is like a delicate dance.

This training video will be helpful for parents and professionals alike, who need a better understanding of teaching skills or increasing specific behaviors utilizing ABA methodology.

Skill acquisition is the process of helping the individual "get it", so that the skill will stick.
Ever had the experience of thinking you taught a child something, and then the skill seems to vanish shortly thereafter? Why did that happen? What can be done about it? And how can you get desirable behaviors to stick around, and those undesirable behaviors to leave??

This training video answers those questions, and more!


Choosing ABA Stimuli Tutorial
ABA therapy is known for being materials heavy, requiring valuable reinforcers that change over time, and of course: FLASHCARDS (everyone knows that we're the flashcard people)

So that MUST mean that obtaining materials for your client or child will break the bank and be super expensive, right?

Nope.

You do not need to run to the nearest teacher supply store, nor do you need to order things off the internet every month.

Many materials can be found in the client's home, made by the ABA team, or made by the parents/family of the individual receiving treatment.

In this tutorial I give real-life, practical tips and strategies for what materials most ABA programs require, and the best ways to obtain these materials affordably. I also explain in depth how to choose stimuli to keep learner error low, and which kinds of photos or flashcards tend to lead to incorrect responding.

Oh, and no you also don't need to go buy a laminator! ;-)
"Identifying Quality ABA Treatment" - Equipping Parents to Choose ABA Providers Wisely
LIVE webinar recording now available:

This webinar is designed with parents in mind, and intended to give an overview of what quality ABA treatment IS (as well as common indicators of low quality ABA treatment).
Content covered will be of use to parents who currently participate in ABA treatment, as well as parents who are curious about ABA therapy and want to learn how to choose a provider wisely. A poor quality ABA provider could cost you (and your family) precious time, wasted effort, and of course: money.

The webinar will include a detailed content overview, real-life anecdotes, and of course: opportunity for parents to ask specific questions about their experiences with ABA providers.
Daily Visual Schedule Tutorial
My 1st tutorial! Yeaahhhhh


A daily schedule/visual schedule is one of my go- to recommendations that I love to introduce to the families I work with. It can be such a helpful behavioral tool for managing problem behavior, teaching skills, helping to increase independence, promoting self-management behavior, and opening up Mom & Dad's time throughout the day to do other things besides keep their kids busy. Cause you know....other things actually need to get done in a typical day.

Making your own visual schedule for your household does not have to be confusing or overwhelming. I help clients make these all the time, and I use them in my home with my own munchkin. Again, believe me when I say: this strategy does NOT have to be confusing!

Learn how to create a visual schedule appropriate for a young child or an older child/teen, what materials to use (no, you don't have to download an app or order something off a site), and some secret hacks to moving your child from hyperactivity, attention-seeking, or defiant behaviors throughout their day, to calmly transitioning from one appropriate activity to the next.
Introductory Video: Welcome!
In this quick and FREE intro video, learn what to expect from upcoming live webinars or ABA training videos/tutorials.

Also learn about what kind of content you can expect from me, my clinical perspective (professional identity), and how YOU can participate in the video/webinar creating process!
Parent Training 101: For Professionals
My absolute FAVORITE thing to talk about: Equipping parents/caregivers to help their kids learn and grow.

This just may have been my favorite video to make so far. :-)

If you are anything like myself, you struggle with parent training at times because you doubt your own clinical competence, you aren't sure if you are "doing it right", you don't feel confident enough to correct a parent, or you are intimidated/frustrated by apathetic, uninvolved parents who actively resist your parent training efforts.

Been there, done all of that.

In this video, you will learn that parent training actually is not as difficult or challenging as you think it is. If you have the tools to train staff, then you already have the tools to train a parent.

And about those resistant or or high-maintenance parents? I have a few tricks and tips for dealing with them as well.....


Check it out!
Practicing with Integrity: Carving out Your Professional Identity
PASSION + PURPOSE = YOUR LANE


No idea what that equation means? It's simple.....

Your work should be about what drives you, and the passion you have for your profession, employer, and the individuals you help week after week should keep you motivated even when parents aren't on board with treatment, funding sources keep changing their requirements, and your boss doesn't appreciate you like they should.

Your character and integrity are what will set you apart in this field, and will cause people to remember who you are.

Following the ethical guidelines as an ABA professional is easy when everyone's looking, but what about when your boss is setting an unethical example, or when doing the right thing could cost you your job? What then?

If you are an ABA professional struggling to figure out what your professional identity is, and how that should impact the way you practice, then this video is 100% for you.
Overview of ABA 101: For Parents
"What exactly is ABA/Who can benefit from ABA Therapy/Is what my child's school offers ABA/How can I determine if an ABA program is quality or not/Can ABA help with academics or self-help skills? Or is it just for bad behaviors?"

If you are a parent or caregiver and have wondered any of these questions, then this video is for you!

A clear and simple overview of ABA as a science, and the practice of ABA therapy (did you know there was a distinction?) that will help any parent identify quality ABA treatment.
Selecting an ABA Employer: Weeding out the Bad
This video is for my fellow ABA peeps!

Having difficulty deciding which employer is the BEST?
Wondering if you should work in-home, at a clinic, or for schools?
Need some guidance on how to negotiate your employment contract?
Need tips for improving your interviewing skills?
Do you know how to recognize clear characteristics of an unethical employer?
Do you absolutely hate your current ABA employer?


This video will be a great help for a successful ABA career, check it out!



The Basics of Natural Environment Teaching /Naturalistic Strategies
This video provides a brief overview of Natural Environment Teaching, often referred to as "Learning Through Play", or learning that occurs in the natural environment. Content is ideal for professionals or parents.

This video answers questions such as:

Is NET ABA??
What are some advantages and disadvantages of NET?
Should play skills be a component of every ABA program?
Is NET just "fun" Discrete Trial?
What are some barriers to staff implementation of NET?