Parent and caregiver Involvement is a core aspect of STEPS programming. BCBAs provide support to parents and caregivers on effective teaching strategies, including principles of applied behavior analysis, positive behavioral support strategies and self-help skills. The structure of caregiver support can also evolve and adapt in both topic and location to meet the changing needs of the family. BCBA’s might provide caregiver support in clinic, in home, community or via telehealth.
STEPS provides two types of caregiver support:
A BCBA will work directly with a family to target individualized concerns they may experience with their child. This support is guided through evidence-based curriculum and tailored to meet the evolving needs for the family.
STEPS offers playgroups for young children while caregivers simultaneously meet together with a BCBA in the format of group discussion to address common concerns and challenges experienced by our families. The goal of this component is to work with families to problem solve challenges occurring at home, while providing a safe, supportive space for our families and their children.
Some of the topics we may cover during caregiver support include but are not limited to:
- Morning routines
- Evening Routines
- Toilet Training
- Challenging Behavior
- Community Outings
- Supporting Play and Peer Interactions
- Generalization of skills
- Advocating for my child
- ABA Principles
- Positive Behavior Support (e.g. visuals, schedules, etc.)