Parent training: a review of methods for children with developmental disabilities

Johnny L. Matson, Department of Psychology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, United States.
Sara Mahan
Santino V. LoVullo


Great strides have been made in the development of skills and procedures to aid children with developmental disabilities to establish maximum independence and quality of life. Paramount among the treatment methods that have empirical support are treatments based on applied behavior analysis. These methods are often very labor intensive. Thus, parent involvement in treatment implementation is advisable. A substantial literature on parent training for children has therefore emerged. This article reviews recent advances and current trends with respect to this topic.