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RAPID Skills Training

RAPID Skills Training (RST) is federally trademarked in The United States of America (USA) as a parent, caretaker, direct support staff, certified teacher & first-responder training program based on principles consistent with “Applied Behavior Analysis” (ABA), “The Power of Positive Parenting” and “Parenting the Strong-Willed Child“. It is absolutely not and far from the debunked “rapid prompting method”, which is a version of the long debunked “facilitated communication (FC)“. Dr. Matt Brodhead explains why FC is pseudoscience and why a program like RST, based on ABA, is the golden standard for training. Behavior Skills Training (BST) is a proven method for teaching and more about this approach is outlined below…

Although RST isn’t for one population or age group, it is designed specifically for caretaker adults, peers & other participating children, siblings, friends, grandparents, cashiers, community helpers, and anyone who has an interest in helping a loved one who experiences frequent difficult moments in life; whether in the community, home, school or any environment, RST outlines the foundation for maximally effective proactive & reactive behavioral interventions. The direct focus of RST is an ecological approach to adjusting caretaker behavior which results in major lifestyle changes, creating access to more reinforcement for caretakers and their loved ones; which then directly affects the learners’ behavior in positive ways by systematically altering their environments through consistent and replicated

RST is a natural-environment, interactive, caretaker training package designed from proven, evidence-based models including Behavior Skills Training (BST), Shaping, Differential Reinforcement (DR), Non-Contingent Reinforcement (NCR), Direct Instruction (DI), Precision Teaching (PT), Precursor Intervention, Extinction and Parent Management Training.

RST is designed to teach your family, caretakers, and teachers important critical interaction skills necessary to preclude difficult moments in life for any learner and their family. RST is built for the entire family to support quality, antecedent-based prevention, and fidelity of individualized programming subsequent to the development of a functional assessment.

RST is individualized, “rapidly” effective and provides a safe “user-friendly” learning environment for caretakers to gain the required critical interaction skills necessary to confidently provide therapeutic interactions versus confrontational, ineffective or adversarial ones.

After these critical caretaker skills are learned through RST participation, daily interactions and quality of life can be dramatically elevated for the entire family.

RST is developed from several existing evidence-based training approaches for parents, caretakers, and teachers. It focuses on teaching critical interaction skills necessary to create positive daily interactions.

RST can reduce challenging behavior and fosters better learning by creating teachable moments during daily, naturally occurring activities.

Ultimately, RST provides you with much-needed relief. You’ll learn how to better prevent difficult to manage behavior, keeping your loved one in a position to learn how to adapt to the world around them and live happily.

Based on our professional experience over the last two decades, when RST is interwoven into individualized behavior analysis & therapy services, results can be astounding.

It’s well known and documented in respected journals and through peer review… when the family and natural supports are included in the treatment process, the overall results are just simply much, much better…

What is RAPID Skills Training?

* We do not recommend implementing this RST program or any behavior program without professional consultation from a qualified licensed behavior health professional. The RAPID Skills Training (RST) exercise guides are located in the links above and, require coaching, feedback, practice and oversight from a qualified licensed behavior health professional. 

RAPID skills are critical interaction skills that every caretaker must master, initially, with frequent daily practice and coaching from a qualified professional.

In order to create meaningful daily interactions, these critical caretaker skills must be learned before advanced behavior programming is implemented by caretakers.

When these RAPID skills are mastered and applied daily, learners become more willing to learn, providing them with the necessary skills to be successful and have a better quality of life filled with much more dignity and respect from their peers and caretakers.

Additionally, these critical skills provide caretakers with the basis for providing more advanced learning programs.

Daily interactions with a difficult learner must become consistent to create better cooperative behavior that results in better, faster, higher quality rates of learning. RST provides the family with evidence-based strategies that are user-friendly, doable, and ultimately effective.

Who Benefits from RAPID Skills Training?

  • Students, learners & program participants.
  • Parents & Grandparents
  • Aunts, Uncles, Cousins
  • Siblings & Peers
  • Caretakers (sitters or daycare)
  • Direct Care Professionals (DSPs or RBTs)
  • Teachers, Principles, Administrators
  • 1:1 Aids in Schools or Communities
  • Family Home Providers (FHPs)
  • 1:1 Au Pairs
  • Anyone Responsible for Daily Activities of a Loved One, Student or Program Participant
  • MDs, PhDs, BCBAs, LCSWs, LPCs, LPAs, and other licensed behavior-health professionals

RST can provide anyone responsible for daily interactions and activities of a loved one with difficult to manage behavioral challenges, a doable lifestyle change for improving their lives. RST lays the foundation for teaching students, loved ones, and participants’, functional life skills that are needed to live happier and more independently, with dignity. Simply hearing more words early in life is linked to higher IQ scores, attending and rewarding interactions affect the brain of the learner in positive ways from birth through full development, recovery and/or learning at any age. 

When caretakers become teachers during naturally occurring activities, learners are more successful, happy and the family experiences a better quality of life together making each day more enjoyable and fun!

This is an evidence-based, behavior skills training for anyone teaching, intervening or caring for loved ones and has absolutely nothing to do with Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) which is scientifically debunked pseudoscience (click anywhere on the word RPM to see more about debunking RPM & Facilitated Communication).
*Disclaimer: We do not recommend implementing this RST program or any behavior program without professional consultation from a qualified licensed behavior health professional. RAPID Skills Training (RST) exercise guides are located in the links above, per skill, for a generic outline of how-to-design-your-own-session a (do it yourself) version of directions for learning.

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