Behaviour 101: A Parent’s Guide to ABA

Why parent training is essential?

There are several important reasons why we advocate for parent involvement in the therapy program:

  • Research shows that parental involvement in ABA promotes even greater gains for the child
  • You provide critical insight and information that will help guide the development of the ABA program
  • You can provide opportunities for your child to practice learnt skills across the day outside of the therapy context
  • o You can generalise learnt skills across a range of different areas including people, environments, materials and language – the importance of generalization in your child’s ABA program cannot be emphasised enough
  • You can help your child communicate more effectively by making use of the same communication system used during therapy, whether it is vocal, PECS, or a speech-generating device
  • The best reductions in challenging behaviour are achieved when parents, ABA therapists, and other people who often interact with the child respond to the behaviour in the same way

Parent’s engagement in a child’s life is essential when developing an intervention program

Lizard Parent Training Options

At Lizard, we offer several different parent training options which have beneficial components for you and your child.

Behavioural Consultation

Parent’s receive ongoing coaching from their Behaviour Support Specialist or assistant as part of the therapy program at Lizard. Behaviour Support Specialist can help parents learn to teach new skills, effectively prevent and respond to behaviours of concern and address common issues with eating, sleeping and toilet training. Consultations take a variety of forms and may occur during clinic meetings, in-centre sessions, home visits or via real time remote video observation.

Making it Work at Home: Parent Training 101

We offer a one day parent training workshop conducted by one of our Behaviour Support Specialists, which covers topics including:

  • How to understand and prevent behaviour of concern
  • How to promote communication at home

We offer plenty of practical tips for parents to implement straight away and provide lots of time for questions and answers. Parents leave the workshop with a better understanding of the how to incorporate ABA into their parenting outside of structured therapy sessions.

Lizard Therapist* training

What we do and how we do it

We help young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related developmental delays and their families. ASD can create a lot of stress for children and their families. We provide interventions that help children develop the type of positive behaviours that lead to a richer life. We aim to take some of the pressure off their families by helping them learn new skills too.

How do we do it?

We use an approach with 50 years of evidence-based research to prove that it is effective. It’s called Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). Whether you’re just starting out in your child behavioural therapist career or an experienced veteran, working with ABA is the best way to stay on top of current trends.

ABA uses procedures and interventions designed to increase prosocial behaviours, teach new skills, generalise behaviours to new environments or situations, and address behaviours of concern that may be harmful or interfere with learning and developing social relationships.

What distinguishes ABA from other therapies is that it is systematic and data-driven, and analyses are used to guide the clinical decision-making process. The effectiveness of this approach has been well-documented over 50 years. The approach supports that children who participate in programs based on the principles of ABA have been shown to make substantial and sustained gains in IQ, language, academic performance, and adaptive behaviour. The gains are better than those of children who have had no treatment, low-intensity treatment, or non-ABA treatment (for example, Peters-Scheffer et al 2011).

That’s why we use ABA as our approach and why we are committed to it, and why anyone building a child behavioural therapist career needs to understand ABA to a deep degree.. It achieves significant outcomes for children with ASD.

The provision of early intervention services has gone through a big change over the last couple of years, mainly due to an increase in the accessibility of behavioural support for children and their families through the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). As such, there is an ever-increasing need for what we do, and that means we need passionate people who are excited to embark on a child behavioural therapist career.

The great news for you is that working at the Lizard Centre (part of the NEXTT Group) presents more excitement, fulfilment and opportunity for you in building your Child Behaviour Therapist career.

We are growing faster than ever, and that means not only will you enter a working environment that is fired up and passionate; you’ll also immediately be part of a team that is committed and focused on one thing: improving the lives of children with ASD/ developmental delay, helping them get more out of life.

Contact us for more information

Find out how behaviours of concern can be addressed to give your child a better chance to learn. Get our Parent Info Pack and a free phone consultation to find out the range of options available for your child’s unique situation.

Call us on 1300 752 617

Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5pm (AEST)