Spotlight on Parent Training Resources

Spotlight on Parent Training Resources

Train Parents Better 

The #dobetter movement covered training parents better for the month of March. We started the month with a discussion of a video of an example parent training session. Check out the video here and add your thoughts! The Parent is Always Right webinar was well received and provided members with access to different resources and guidelines for providing effective and supported parent training. The webinar will be available for free until April 14th. Lisa Ozowara and Bethany Patterson conducted a Facebook Live resource share relating to parent training. The video can be viewed here 

For our blog post this month, we are going to discuss different Parent Training materials that we have found improve our effectiveness in conducting parent training. We will start with some general parent training recommendations to consider for the work you do as a behavior analyst and then provide a brief discussion for how each resource can be used to improve your parent training process!

General Guidelines for Training Parents Better

  • Have a clear parent training policy in place and adhere to it
  • Be flexible! Work with the parents to address socially significant behavior. This does not mean just look the other way and never conduct parent training J You can be firm with requiring it but flexible with scheduling it
  • Have clear guidelines and expectations for clinicians and clients regarding the parent training process. The more everyone knows what to expect on the front end, the easier it will be to work through parent training
  • Spend time learning how to properly train people à A good first step to this will be to review the materials discussed in this blog! But if these aren’t enough or this is an area of weakness for you, seek out additional materials
  • Incorporate Behavioral Skills Training (BST, more on this in June) and as much clear documentation as you can so that you can provide effective training and ensure everyone is on the same page!
  • Incorporate as much coaching as possible. It can be difficult for a parent to watch someone come in as a stranger to their family and perform better with their child then they can. This doesn’t typically set up families up for success and can result in a lack of confidence or reluctance to engage in parent training activities. We discuss this in more detail in our webinar from this month and you can learn more about Parent Coaching in this excellent book: Coaching Families and Colleagues in Early Childhood
  • Watch the Parent is Always Right Webinar. We discuss and provide examples of all the above in this webinar! We also provide access to sample guidelines and documentation templates! This webinar will be available on our website by May 2018! If you would like to view it before then, please fill out a contact us form and we will send it to you.

The RUBI system is a manualized parent training system created by researchers from The Ohio State University.

Why We Like It!

  • The system has been tested with families and has research to support its effectiveness
  • It is very lay person friendly
  • It comes with videos demonstrating the concepts
  • It is well organized and makes for an easy way to deliver the important concepts to each family
  • For some families, it helps to see that you aren’t just pulling things out of your behind! This looks official
  • Parents receive their own book to keep and refer back to as needed

Tips for Using Rubi

  • Familiarize yourself with the lessons ahead of time and teach them to each family based on what will connect most for the family
  • Draw the family in by using examples from their own lives as you go through each lesson
  • Try to be systematic in your training by scheduling time to go over the concepts with the families until the entire package has been delivered

Paradigm Parent Training Materials
Christina has created a wealth of parent training materials for purchase from Paradigm.

Why We Like It!

  • The materials are very professional looking and visually appealing
  • The materials are made to be simple and easy for parents and clinicians
  • The materials have received very positive feedback from individuals
  • Now, you don’t have to re-create the wheel!

The Power of Positive Parenting
Glen Latham wrote this book many years ago and now there is a free online course people can take to learn parenting tools and strategies based in the science of behavior analysis. Click here to go to the course.

Why We Like It!

  • Dr. Latham discusses all the top parenting concerns: toileting, tantruming, sleeping, etc
  • The language used is easy to understand with some powerful metaphors and explanations
  • The content can be used to help any parent, it isn’t geared to a specific population

Parenting the Strong Willed Child
This book by Rex Forehand and Nicholas Long comes highly recommended by Brandon Franklin and Clinically Behavior Analysis services in KY. Check out the Behavioral Observations Podcast episodefor the full scoop!

Why We Like It!

    • The program is presented in a very parent friendly manner
    • The use of the acronym RAPID – Rewarding, Attending, Providing Breaks, Ignoring, and Direction giving is easy for people to learn and apply quickly
    • The program allows for a lot of flexibility, which is a good component of any parent training program!
    • This is another program that allows for parents to learn the basics of behavior management without having to re-invent the wheel or overwhelm the family


Coaching/Training Resources
We could write whole blog posts on each of the following but for now we will just alert you to how amazing these resources are and encourage you to check them out for yourself! It is very rare for behavior analysts to receive training in their graduate work on how to coach and train others. Fortunately for us, there are people (some in behavior analysis and some outside of it) who have been researching this concept for years and developing models for providing effective coaching and training. Click on the links below to learn more about each of these models, they are all very closely related as you learn about them you will see this but we like to learn about all of them because they each have some unique tips and strategies and offer ways to develop rapport based on the individual family you are working with.

We hope the resources provided in this blog inspire you to reflect upon your parent training practices and lead you to develop your own systematic and effective parent training systems! Share with us what you found helpful, what didn’t work, and any resources we missed!