The Importance Of Parent Training

The Importance Of Parent Training

Although parent training is sometimes included as part of an IEP, all too often it is a neglected area.  A recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of child & Adolescent Psychiatry indicates that this is a mistake.  The study included 124 children, aged 4 to 13, with serious behavior problems, including some children on the autism spectrum, who had been prescribed drugs such as Risperdal to address their behavior issues.  The study found that medication helped, but medication coupled with parent training was substantially more effective.

Regional Centers routinely require parent training for children who are receiving behavioral services.  And while parents are not licensed behaviorists, and generally are not prepared to assume full responsibility for a child’s behavioral program, parent training has long been recognized as an important component of a successful behavioral program such as Applied Behavior Analysis.

So, if your child has significant behavioral issues that need to be addressed in an IEP, parents should consider requesting parent training.  Consistency across all environments is key to any successful behavioral program.

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