Parent participation is vital to a child’s success. This may seem like a bold statement, but the truth is that if the parents are not involved in their child’s therapy programs, the likelihood of success is much lower. This is because when parents are involved in the development and implementation of interventions, the intervention procedures are more likely to be used across contexts and people; and the child is likely to learn and use skills more quickly. If, on the other hand, teachers and therapists develop and implement interventions but these interventions are not supported or implemented at home the skills are likely to be learned less quickly and the likelihood of them having a long-term benefit is going to be less.
Our emphasis on realistic and natural environments places a priority on parent success. To this end, Good Shepherd provides a sequential parent training system that teaches parents to use ABA principles at home and in the community. Multiple training events are scheduled throughout the school year, and childcare is provided. In addition, parents have access to free, individual consultation with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and behavior analysis graduate students at any time during the school year.