A HUGE thank you to Tameika Meadows for sharing here. Keep up with Tameika at www.Iloveaba.com!
For the final installment in the series (I know… I’ll miss you too), let’s talk about an issue that is very close to my heart, and one I am super passionate about: Parent Involvement.
Now when I say “parent” I am including all caregivers…. aunts, uncles, grandparents, foster parents, etc. If you are the caregiver of an individual with Autism and you make treatment decisions regarding their ABA therapy, then keep reading because guess what??
We need you.
By “we”, I mean the ABA professionals you are working with.
You can probably easily name the reasons why you and your family need OUR help, but did you know we need your help too? See, this is a 2-way street!
The ABA team needs your:
You should be feeling pretty important right about now, because here is another secret for you: We BCBA’s can’t do our job with excellence without the involvement of the parents we serve. It’s just that simple.
Now before explaining each area of parent involvement in depth, I have to address issues with poor quality providers. Sometimes I have difficulties getting involvement from parents because they have had negative experiences with providers in the past. Maybe the BCBA made them feel stupid for giving suggestions, or shot down all of their ideas, or treated them like they should be spectators, instead of a teammate. If that happened to you, I apologize. Please know that those experiences do NOT speak for the field of ABA, and it is always your right as a consumer to submit a formal complaint about unethical professional behavior at www.bacb.com.
Okay, so let’s look at each area of parent involvement in more detail:
To all the parents: you should feel totally at ease asking questions about your child's ABA therapy program. The ABA professionals should never make you feel embarrassed or stupid for asking questions, and should explain things clearly and concisely to your satisfaction. I encourage you to view yourself as a valuable member of your child's therapeutic team.
When parents are actively involved in the therapy process, amazing things can happen!
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the series,
Tameika Meadows, M.Ed., Board Certified Behavior Analyst, has worked with young children on theAutism spectrum for over 12 years. Ms. Meadows currently serves families, organizations, and schools both locally and internationally as a BCBA Consultant.
Ms. Meadows is the owner of the blog & resource website www.Iloveaba.com, and the author of three introductory level ABA books: “101 Ways to do ABA”, “From A to Z: Teaching Skills to Children with Autism”, & “A Manual: Creating an Autism Intervention Program”.
Leanne Page, MEd, BCBA