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RAPID Skills Training | RST

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A natural-environment approach for parents, teachers and direct support staff:

This approach is an interactive, caretaker training package designed from evidence-based models including Behavior Skills Training (BST), ShapingDifferential Reinforcement (DR), Non-Contingent Reinforcement (NCR), Direct Instruction (DI), Precision Teaching (PT), Precursor InterventionExtinction and Parent Management Training.


What is RAPID Skills Training?

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…

*** 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 behavioral health professional.

Who Benefits from RAPID Skills Training?

RAPID skills are critical interaction skills that every caretaker must master. Initially frequent daily practice is combined with professional coaching from a qualified professional. In order to create meaningful daily interactions, these critical skills must be learned… before any advanced behavioral programming is considered. 

  • Students, learners & program participants 

  • Parents & Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Siblings & Peers

  • Direct Care Professionals (DSPs or RBTs), Caretakers (sitters or daycare)

  • 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 is a user friendly, doable program:

Anyone responsible for daily interactions and activities of a loved one with difficult to manage behavioral challenges can learn critical interaction skills. Providing a doable lifestyle change for improving happiness in life.

This approach will create 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!

Dr. Greg Hanley

Dr. Hanley is a premier researcher and practitioner within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), specializing in functional analyses of severe behavior disorders.

Dr. Amanda Kelly (a/k/a Behavior Babe)

Although a diagnosis of autism is not dependent on problem behaviors known colloquially as “meltdowns, self-injury, or aggression” odds are that one or more of these types of problems requires intervention. Behavioral intervention is effective when addressing tangible behavior problems. It’s more effective when based on a proper functional analysis or assessment. 

What is a Functional Assessment?

A number of myths regarding functional assessment processes, which appears to be pervasive within different research and practice communities, are reviewed in context of an attempt to develop new regarding the functional assessment process. Frequently described obstacles to implementing a critical aspect of the functional assessment process, the functional analysis, will be reviewed in the context of new solutions for overcoming them.
*** Disclaimer: We do not recommend implementing the RST program for any behavior program without professional consultation from a qualified licensed behavior-health professional. RST 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 yet, it should not be used without professional oversight and consultation. Use at your own risk and do not use in the absence of appropriate professional guidance. RST uses an evidence-based model of teaching called behavior skills training (bst) for anyone learning to interact better and/or care for loved ones who are experiencing behavioral disruption(s). RST 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).
RAPID 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 ABA is the golden standard for training skills.
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