Welcome to our first blog, bear with as we learn how this works! We look forward to posting information on the latest research, autism support services, things we have been up to at the centre and lots of interesting links and articles.
We are excited that our first post is about an area we have great success in and we want to expand - parent training! We are really passionate about ABA not being a secret that is kept behind the doors of a centre. We want to empower you as the parent to implement strategies at home – that way, your child will experience a consistent approach so they will learn skills quicker and it will give you the understanding of how to respond to those daily challenges. We also want ABA to be as accessible as possible and we understand that sadly the cost of therapy is a huge consideration. By training parents we can give you the day to day tools you need in order to teach, support and understand your child.
This all sounds great, but how do we do this?
Well, just as we teach flexibility to our children we are flexible too. We run parent training in a way that suits you and your family. We run ‘hands on’ parent training during therapy sessions. This means you join us for sessions so we can demonstrate techniques and support you in doing the same. This method has been of particular success when learning how to reduce and manage problem behaviours. It gives us plenty of time to explain strategies, support you during the difficulties moments and share the success of strategies working.
What if I can’t bring my child for regular sessions?
No problem – we are excited to launch two types of intensive parent training clinics. All training takes place at our centre in Haywards Heath – here we train up to three family members so you don’t have to go home and spend time explaining what to do to everyone else. A dedicated behaviour analyst will complete a comprehensive evaluation of your child’s skills and needs covering areas such as:
- Teaching communication
- Expanding your child’s diet
- Increasing your child’s social skills
- Reducing levels of problem behaviour
- Increasing your child’s independence with daily living skills
- Other areas of need, such as toilet training, following instructions from family members
Over the course of the 5-day clinic we demonstrate skills, explain the theory behind the strategies and support you to apply the skills yourself. Targets are clearly detailed and any resources you need to start programmes are made up ready for you to take away. You will leave the course with new ideas and the confidence that you can manage and help your child to develop and grow.
What happens after the clinic has finished?
We provide 2 follow up meetings where we can check in with your child’s progress, move targets on, discuss and solve any problems that may have arisen and you can ask any questions you have.
I have heard that other therapists can help too?
We are very lucky to have a highly experienced (and ABA trained!) OT as well as fantastic Speech and Language Therapist who has plenty of experience with providing therapy to children on ABA programmes. Both therapists are available to provide an assessment during the clinic if you would like.
5 days seems to long…
Don’t worry. We also have the option of a shorter clinic, which focuses on just one area at a time, for example, communication.
Sounds interesting but I would like more information
Please give us a call or email us, and we can answer any questions you may have. We’re here to help.