Sydney Social Club March 2019 Summary
On Monday, 4.3.19, the Sydney social club met up for lively discussion on parent and caregiver training. Below find a list of the articles discussed and the take home points from the discussion.
Articles we discussed:
- Lerman, D. C., LeBlanc, L. A., & Valentino, A. L. (2015). Evidence-based application of staff and caregiver training procedures. In Clinical and organizational applications of applied behavior analysis (pp. 321-351). Academic Press.
- Allen, K. D., & Warzak, W. J. (2000). The problem of parental nonadherence in clinical behavior analysis: Effective treatment is not enough. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 33(3), 373-391.
- Miles, N. I., & Wilder, D. A. (2009). The effects of behavioral skills training on caregiver implementation of guided compliance. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42(2), 405-410.
- Pennefather, J., Hieneman, M., Raulston, T. J., & Caraway, N. (2018). Evaluation of an online training program to improve family routines, parental well-being, and the behavior of children with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 54, 21-26.
- Crone, R. M., & Mehta, S. S. (2016). Parent training on generalized use of behavior analytic strategies for decreasing the problem behavior of children with autism spectrum disorder: A data-based case study. Education and Treatment of Children, 39(1), 64-94.
Take home points:
- Parent training should include principles of behaviour not just individual strategies for a single scenario.
- Using visual prompts/checklists supports parents better and improves procedural integrity.
- There are many competing contingencies for parents- we discussed this primarily in relation to implementing extinction and how to teach parents to shape behaviour if they cannot do a complete extinction procedure.
- Where possible, align treatment goals and implementation with parental values and committed action (ACT)
- Determine possible reinforcers for parents- whether these are immediate outcomes, feedback from ABA staff, graphing improvements in their child’s behaviour, long term outcomes (e.g, participation at family events)