Are You Struggling With The Balance Of Letting Go While Also Providing Support To Your Child?
- Do you have a child with special needs who is beginning to make the transition into adulthood?
- Is it difficult to balance your child’s independence with your worries about their safety, education, and community involvement?
- Are you familiar with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques but unsure of how to positively integrate them into your child’s daily routine?
You may be concerned that your child is simply not ready for adult life. Perhaps they exhibit behaviors that are disruptive to the family unit, ultimately interfering with their success. Yet, instead of being able to respond to these behaviors with the patience or level-headedness you would like to have, you may find that you and your family are growing more frustrated, exhausted, and overwhelmed.
Maybe your child is not as advanced in their independent self-help skills as you would like them to be. You may have started wondering how they will manage issues of daily responsibilities–such as hygiene, household chores, social activities, and future employment–without your guidance available to them 24/7. Perhaps you have even placed them in various programs, including Applied Behavior Analysis, only to find that any skills they gained quickly diminish over time.
If any of these scenarios apply to you, you’re likely worried about what the future holds for your child with disabilities. You may not know when to hold on to control and when to let go, but with my positive parenting consulting services, you can develop meaningful and realistic expectations for your child’s future.
Applied Behavior Analysis Can Be Extremely Helpful In Promoting Functional Skills That Support Independent Living
Parents of children with disabilities often experience the pressure of keeping their child up to speed in academics and building life skills while, at the same time, balancing the needs of an entire family.
They also often don’t have the time to prepare a child with disabilities for adulthood because they are too busy catching them up to the “now.” Some parents may attempt to incorporate Applied Behavior Analysis treatment and functional living skills building into their child’s daily routine but have had no luck getting fundamentals to stick.
Moreover, what works for one child with disabilities does not always work for another, and every individual has different strengths and needs. The goal is for each individual to reach their maximum level of independence. There is so much nuance and uniqueness in this community, that it can be difficult to follow one specific program or regimen for success. And many parents have noticed that their child demonstrates competing and seemingly incongruent behaviors but have had trouble locating the cause of these behaviors.
Positive parenting, however, is an essential key to the success of Applied Behavior Analysis. And I can help—not only with furthering your understanding of the benefits of ABA but also with implementing positive parenting into the process of guiding your child towards their own maximum potential.
My Tailormade Positive Parenting Services Increase The Effectiveness Of ABA
The primary goal in Applied Behavior Analysis used for children, teens, and young adults is to teach adaptive skills—also frequently referred to as life skills—needed for successful independent living. These skills may include social and communication behaviors, learning techniques, daily living skills, job competence, and hygiene.
As an evidence-based practice, Applied Behavior Analysis is often considered the “gold standard” when it comes to guiding individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities on the path to promote independence. ABA emphasizes positive reinforcement to increase desired behavioral outcomes and encourage learning—and that’s precisely where my parenting guidance comes in.
I’ve worked with the special needs community for over three decades and became a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2019. My ample familiarity with various developmental issues allows me to effectively identify behaviors of concern, as well as teach the independent living skills that are necessary for my clients and their families to implement into daily life. Not to mention, I am a parent to four children myself and understand the considerations you have to make for your child when preparing them for adulthood.
If, after a brief intake questionnaire, it’s decided that your family could benefit from my positive parenting services, we will meet for an initial consultation to ensure that we are a good fit. From there, I will perform a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA), which typically includes an interview of the parent/caretaker, data collection, and observations when appropriate. This will help me understand what purpose your child’s behaviors are serving so that we can take steps for appropriate interventions. In addition, the FBA will include functional living skills that the child can learn and that you can teach them.
Not only will my positive parenting services help you to understand and decrease your child’s unwanted behaviors but working with me will also instill your family with skills and insights for positively promoting self-sufficiency. It’s possible to maximize your child’s potential to live safely and as independently as they can be by decreasing the behaviors that are causing setbacks in their life.
You can be empowered to effectively handle the difficult situations and decisions that come with parenting a child with disabilities. And by implementing positive parenting techniques into your child’s ABA treatment, your family can restore harmony and confidence in your child’s future.
Maybe you’re ready to implement positive parenting into your child’s ABA treatment, but you have some concerns…
We already have an ABA agency working with our child.
Positive parenting does not replace the work of Applied Behavior Analysis; it enhances it. By supporting the step of “generalization”—or the integration of fundamental independent living skills—I can teach your entire family tools for promoting positive behaviors and independence in your child with disabilities. With positive parenting, you can learn to incorporate ABA into your family’s everyday lifestyle in a way that maximizes the services provided by your child’s agency.
We used to incorporate ABA with my child, but it became too disruptive to constantly have behavior technicians coming in and out of the home.
While Applied Behavior Analysis is great for many of my clients, it is not unusual for families to tire of the traditional ABA therapeutic models. My positive parenting services teach parents themselves to be the “therapist” within the home environment. This way, you’re still able to benefit from the skills associated with ABA while balancing the needs and preferences of your family.
I know that there is some controversy with ABA, and when we have tried it in the past, my child was only successful during therapy sessions but not for the rest of the time outside of them.
I have certainly heard families complain of ABA only working when agency/program staff are present or, worse, that the child was actually traumatized by Applied Behavior Analysis. I have found that positive parenting takes the best parts of ABA, such as positive reinforcement and generalization of skills, to develop an intervention that meets the family’s needs and unique style. My positive parenting programs are individually tailored for every client so that skill development can be promoted and implemented successfully.
You Can Learn To Positively Manage Your Child’s Behaviors And Set Them Up For Success
If you have a child with disabilities and are looking to enhance their independent living skills for their transition into adulthood, my positive parenting techniques will honor your family’s unique situation and needs. To receive an intake questionnaire and set up a consultation, please email me.
For more information on ABA, feel free to visit the Behavioral Analyst Certification Board’s website.