Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder are presented with unique challenges that can be demanding, frustrating and that contribute to high parental/familial stress. Mothers and fathers face daily challenges of inflexible behavior coupled with heightened sensory sensitivities from their child with autism. They can come across multiple environmental triggers that initiate the onset of maladaptive behaviors in their child/youth with autism.
Our group parent training course supports you by increasing your knowledge on how behavior is learned and the underlying function or purpose of your child’s challenging behaviors. You will learn the meaning behind your child’s problem behaviors, how to address these behaviors in their daily life and how to support your child’s educational needs for today and into the future.
You will be supported by experienced and credentialed staff that assist you to meet your child’s behavioral and educational needs.
The parent training course is divided into six group sessions with specific goals and learning objectives. You will also be assigned a Client Specialist that will assess your needs for additional supports, help coordinate your path through our services, and complete one-on-one in-home follow up support, as needed. Our goal is to ensure that your needs are met and that your child is successful.
Session 1 – Family Foundations
This session addresses parental fears, concerns and stressors of having a child with autism in the family. You will begin to recognize their fears, learn to accept your child’s diagnosis and the challenges accompanied with raising a child with autism. This session offers you the opportunity to share information, get advice and lean on each other for emotional support.
Session 2 – Addressing Behavioral Needs through ABA (Part 1)
Basic principles of applied behavior analysis are introduced and used to address behavioral excesses and deficits. You will learn that all behavior serves a function or purpose and that challenging behaviors can be strategically replaced with appropriate behaviors. Videos are used to allow you time to practice identifying possible functions of behaviors. You will learn how to fill out a simple chart to document targeted behaviors, antecedents, and consequences. Homework is assigned asking you to complete the chart of your child’s behavior and begin developing ideas for replacement behaviors.
Session 3 – Addressing Behavioral Needs through ABA (Part 2)
The data you collected is reviewed and you will learn how to manipulate antecedent and consequences systematically in order to change behavior. You’ll learn proactive strategies to manipulate or alter the antecedent that signals that a behavior is about to occur and how that behavior can be prevented. You will also learn reactive strategies that can be used to manipulate or alter the consequence of a behavior.
Session 4 – Proactive and Reactive Visual Supports
You are taught how to use visual supports to increase positive behaviors. Each family is given a toolbox filled with a variety of visual supports to teach and support your child’s behaviors. Items such as token economies, communication prompts, and visual schedules are provided and their use demonstrated. You are invited to request individualized visual supports to support teaching your child alternate behaviors and communication skills. The toolbox also includes sensory activity ideas.
Session 5 & 6 – Special Education Support Services
Parent involvement is the cornerstone of every child’s success. But without the right knowledge and tools, parents might not realize all the opportunities they can help provide to their child to set them up for a successful future. Brighton Center provides two educational sessions at Any Baby Can that teach parents about the importance of their child’s environment, how to engage in appropriate discipline, effective communication strategies, and how to work with the educational system to ensure your child’s educational needs are being met.
Parent training classes are offered in Bexar and Comal County locations.
- Bexar County location – in-person classes at Any Baby Can or interactive web-based
- Comal County location – in-person and interactive web-based classes at The New Braunfels Food Bank
Take advantage of this free service! Please contact us to request more information and to sign-up.