Parent Training

Parent Training for ADHD and other Childhood Disorders

Parent training is a treatment modality in which parents are provided with resources to help them parent a child with a behavioral, emotional, or developmental disorder. It is essentially a program of education to help parents adjust their behavior to the developmental needs of their child. For instance, parents of children with disruptive behaviors are taught how to set rules and define consequences for disobeying those rules. There are many different types of programs available – each specifically designed to address the symptoms of the disorder.

Parent training has become increasingly more popular as a form of treatment due in large part to recent research supporting its effectiveness. One study on the effectiveness of parent training in preschool children with ADHD found it reduced symptoms in a number of indexes, including the participants’ inattention and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms, aggression, and rule-breaking behaviors. Parent training is also shown to be effective in decreasing anxious symptoms, withdrawn/depressed symptoms, affective problems, poor social skills, somatic problems, early conduct disorder, disruptive behaviors, and overall improve a child’s well-being.

In addition to helping parents cope better with their child’s symptoms, these programs help improve parent-child interactions. With many parents reporting to have improved relationships with their children after participating in a program. Parent training programs are also shown to have a positive influence on parents’ own view of their mental well-being and a decrease in family stress.

These type of training programs typically last about 10 weeks. Participating in a program with an online therapist can be highly effective as well as convenient for busy families. Therapists at Well Street are available today to design a parent training program for you and your family.

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Helping Your Child Thrive with Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) impairs a child’s ability to communicate and interact with others. It currently affects roughly 1 in 68 children.

When left untreated, ASD can impact a child’s social skills and their relationships at home and at school. As parents of an autistic child, it’s important to meet with your pediatrician and therapist to develop a treatment plan that will help your child succeed. A thorough evaluation to help determine which treatment plan (medication, change in diet, therapist-delivered interventions, cognitive behavior therapy, massage, etc.) is the best place to start. But, what are some other ways you can help your child thrive with autism?

Here are five tips for parents to consider.

Restrict screen time

When your child spends too much time in front of a TV, on a computer, tablet, or mobile device, it can have a negative impact on her/his social skills as well as on brain development and activity. As a parent, work with your child to set rules for screen time and find other activities s/he can do that will help increase social skills, such as playing outside or participating in a school club/sport.

Positive reinforcement

This is vital and should be a part of your autism treatment plan for your child. When you catch your child doing something good, you’ll need to show him/her how much you appreciate that behavior by praising them. Remember to be specific with your praise, and tell him/her why you are happy with their behavior or actions. Besides praise, you can also create a rewards system where every time you see good behavior or actions, they can get a sticker or can play with a favorite game/toy.

Create a set schedule

Work with your therapist, school, and family members to create a highly-structured schedule for your child to follow. The consistency can help your child focus and develop behavior skills with regular set times for school, therapy, meals, activities, and bedtime. It can also help your child apply what they learn in therapy to different situations within their schedule. When disruptions to the schedule are forthcoming, prepare your child in advance if possible.

In addition, when developing a schedule, set one up and give your child time to adjust and become comfortable with it. They won’t adjust overnight, so be prepared to give it time, which is a great motto to keep in mind when trying other techniques and therapies.

Create personal space for your child at home

Besides her/his bedroom, look for an area within your house that can act as a private space for your child. This can be a marked off area in the playroom, TV room or even at the end of a hallway. The key is to create a space where your child can relax and feel more secure.

Incorporate activities they love

Remember that not every activity your child engages in needs to be school or treatment related. Your child also needs time to do the activities he/she loves! Make time during the week and/or weekend to incorporate activities that your child enjoys doing with you, your family or alone. Moreover, this is a great way to get your child to open up and connect with you.

Although there is no cure for autism, research has shown that starting individual treatment programs as soon as possible can improve outcomes for many children with autism.

If you are looking for a provider for Applied Behavioral Analysis, check out our recommended providers. If you need an evaluation and diagnosis for your child to qualify for insurance-reimbursed ABA services, you may be interested in our low-cost Autism Evaluation.

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Helping Your Child Thrive with Autism 2018-02-11T00:50:29+00:00