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Parent Training for Disruptive Behavior Clinician Manual: The RUBI Autism Network

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Karen Bearss, Cynthia R Johnson, Benjamin L Handen, Eric Butter, Luc Lecavalier, Tristram Smith, Lawrence Scahill

  • Parent Training for Disruptive Behavior Clinician Manual

Interest Age: 3 to 8
ISBN: 9780190627812

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) begins in early childhood and is characterised by impairments in social interaction and communication, restricted interests and repetitive behaviour. As many as half of children with ASD between the ages of 3 and 8 also exhibit disruptive behaviours that interfere with their overall development and family functioning.

This Therapist Guide, Parent Training for Disruptive Behavior, is designed for therapists to use with parents of children with ASD and challenging behaviours, such as tantrums, non-compliance, and aggression. Based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis and developed over more than a decade of research, the intervention consists of 11 core sessions as well as supplemental sessions, a home visit, and follow-up visits. Each session includes a therapist script, activity sheets, parent handouts, and checklists. Video vignettes are available online to illustrate concepts.

The treatment manual is designed to be used in conjunction with the companion Workbook for parents. Each session is delivered individually in weekly outpatient visits. Homework assignments between sessions focus on implementing behaviour change strategies collaboratively chosen by the therapist and parent.

Table of Contents


Introduction to the Manual

Introduction to the Behavior Support Plan

Core Sessions

  • Session 1: Behavioral Principles
  • Session 2: Prevention Strategies
  • Session 3: Daily Schedules
  • Session 4: Reinforcement 1
  • Session 5: Reinforcement 2
  • Session 6: Planned Ignoring
  • Session 7: Compliance Training
  • Session 8: Functional Communication Training
  • Session 9: Teaching Skills 1
  • Session 10: Teaching Skills 2
  • Session 11: Generalization and Maintenance


  • Appendix A Telephone Booster
  • Appendix B Home Visit
  • Appendix C Parent Training Case Example with Sample Behavior Support Plan
  • Appendix D Problem-Solving Common Challenges in Implementing the Program
  • Appendix E RUBI Progress Note


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