Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Symposium #276
Behavioral Parent Training: Are We Really Helping Them?
Sunday, May 30, 2010
4:30 PM–5:50 PM
203AB (CC)
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Eliza DelPizzo-Cheng (Newport-Mesa Unified School District)
Discussant: Len Levin (Coyne & Associates)
Abstract: Since children with special needs relate to others in a particular manner, it is sometimes difficult for their parents to know how to engage when their child demonstrates difficult behaviors. Helping parents increase their ability to manage difficult behaviors, communicate, and engage with their child with autism assures a caring and supportive home enivironment. Behavioral parenting training involves directly teaching parents to view difficult child behavior in terms of operationally defined targeted behaviors, and function. We then systematically teach parents specific strategies that reward family-accepted behavior in order to increase the probability of adaptive child functioning. The goal is to help parents observe and interpret their children’s difficult behavioral patterns within a problem-solving mindset. Our data collection is ongoing. Program evaluation is accomplished through the use of both project-developed measures, and commercial measures. Data is collection is through pre-and post-course procedures. Parental understanding of program material is evaluated through a short, written evaluation. Direct observation data is collected on parent implementation of strategies. Additionally, consumer satisfaction and parent affect data are collected. Attendees of the presentation will be presented with an overview of our parent training program, and data on parent implementation of strategies, parent satisfaction, and parent affect.
After Training: What Are Parents Choosing to Use and How Do They Feel About It?
ELIZA DELPIZZO-CHENG (Newport-Mesa Unified School District), Kristy Rutherford-Becker (Newport-Mesa Unified School District)
Abstract: Teaching parents to know what to do when a difficult behavior occurs is paramount when working with children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Our behavior parent training program goals are to teach parents conceptually and practically about behavioral strategies, including functional assessment and behavioral intervention strategies, useful for changing child misbehavior. This talk will start with a brief review of a public school behavioral parent training program. Parents are first taught in a 12-hour group setting, utilizing a manualized program that includes didactic, roles-play and behavior rehearsal training procedures. Parents are then individually coached on these strategies in their home setting. Data collection is ongoing. The talk will present pre-course and post-course data on parents of children with ASD. Attendees will be presented with pre-course and post-course direct observation data on strategies parents use during child difficult behavior episodes within the home and community settings. Direct observation and self-rated data on affect and stress will also be presented.
Social Validity and Treatment Integrity: Parents Say They Like It, but Can They Do It?
KRISTY RUTHERFORD-BECKER (Newport-Mesa Unified School District), Eliza DelPizzo-Cheng (Newport-Mesa Unified School District)
Abstract: Parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) often struggle in handling difficult behaviors, although appropriate intervention is imperative to ensure a successful home life for the entire family. It is essential to teach parents research based strategies in a way that ensures they not only understand the strategies and why they work, but also believe in the efficacy of the strategies and implement them correctly. This is the goal of our behavior parent training program, which will be discussed at the session. Participants in our program are parents or adult family members of students with ASD. The adult participants are taught research based strategies in a group setting using our manualized program. After the group sessions, home visits are conducted in which parents are individually coached in strategy implementation. Participants complete a social validity questionnaire after the group and home session. Treatment integrity data is collected from pre-course and post-course video. Data collection is ongoing. Attendee will be presented with data collected on the social validity and treatment integrity of our behavioral parent education program.



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