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1 in 6 kids have a life-long diagnosed developmental disability (like autism or ADD), and their caregivers struggle to balance work and life. As a result, caregivers experience 2.4x higher rates of stress and anxiety, poorer physical health, and 4x the medical expenses.

Rethink Benefits is the first and only global solution providing Fortune 100 companies and public sector, government and non-profit organizations with training and support for employees caring for a loved one with a developmental disability or undiagnosed challenges with learning, behavior or socialization. We offer caregivers 24/7 virtual teleconsultations with expert behavioral clinicians and online evidence-based training and resources they need to teach their loved one skills, address problem behaviors, collaborate with the school and clinicians, and navigate today’s complex environment.

Rethink also recently launched the Neurodiversity Inclusion Center, offering e-learning modules and a clinical support system to train HR and management about the neurodiverse community.


Study shows parent training is more effective than education to successfully address behavioral problems.

A new JAMA Original Investigation article shared the results of a randomized clinical trial on the effects of Parent Training vs Parent Education on behavioral problems in children with autism spectrum disorder. Behavioral problems exist in as many as 50% of the children who exhibit Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), making treatment programs and any daily living task even more difficult. For a parent, who is usually not educated in Behavior Analysis, it may be difficult to manage your child when these behaviors are present.

A recent study has compared training a parent to educating a parent on how to manage these behavioral problems. The question; Will simply explaining how to intervene produce better results or is it more effective demonstrating how to intervene?

The study was conducted over 24-weeks and used a sample of 180 children with ASD, between the ages 3-7, who were randomly assigned among the two groups.For the group receiving training, parents received eleven 60 to 90-minute individual sessions (with the option of two additional), six parent-child coaching sessions, two in-home visits, and two telephone sessions over 24 weeks.

The second group, being educated, received twelve 60 to 90-minute sessions with one home visit over 24 weeks and a manual including therapist scripts and parent handouts. These sessions did not include any instruction. As metrics, three behavior tools were used to grade the two groups. The first being the Aberrant Behavior Checklist (ABC). Each group was graded on the Irritability sub- scale where parent training yielded a 47.7% decrease in behavioral problems compared to parent education’s 31.8% decrease.

The second tool was The Home Situations Questionnaire– Autism Spectrum Disorder where parent training saw a 55% decrease in behavior problems while parent education provided a 34.2% decrease.

Finally, the Clinical Global Impressions– Improvement Scale resulted in a 68.5% improvement in behavior problems for participants who underwent training in comparison to parent education’s 39.6% improvement rate.

Although both methods provided positive results, the rate of positive response judged by a blinded clinician was greater for parent training vs parent education.

The full JAMA study can be viewed here: www.RethinkBenefits.com/

 

The Rethink Difference

Rethink Benefits provides the training parents need to effectively address behavioral issues. We do so by providing parents with access to our platform and resources, in addition to time with our certified behavior therapists, leveraging decades of experience. With over 1,500 training videos and lessons designed specifically for parents, we work with caregivers to ensure they know how to teach their child critical skills and abilities, in the comfort of their own home. With better resources, access to trained therapists, and an action plan, parents are less stressed, and ultimately more productive.

 

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A Tale of Two Success Stories: Unique Benefit Strategies for Fortune 50s

Rethink recently hosted a webinar with two partners, Costco Wholesale & The Home Depot. Each discussed unique communication and implementation strategies they’ve deployed to successfully engage with and support their employees who are caring for an individual with a developmental disability.

(View the entire webinar at go.rethinkfirst.com/attss_od)

“I can’t think of hardly any benefits we’ve ever added to our suite that got so much attention and so many letters to our president thanking him for bringing Rethink on and what a difference it was going  to make in their lives. We even got letters from people whose kids were grown who had amassed tens of thousands of dollars of debt to provide their children ABA therapy when they were younger and those parents were even saying this doesn’t help me but I’m so glad that other employees are now going to be helped so it was just a grateful group of these folks who needed this help.”— Donna Sexton, Costco Wholesale

“We have always had a very strong compassion and support for autism as well as other Developmental Disabilities, ever since I joined the Home Depot 12 years ago we covered the gamut of available  services  for all types of Developmental Disabilities and so when we first learned of Rethink it wasn’t a matter of “If” it was only a matter of “when” and “how” we would be able to offer it.”— Ann Marie Kelly, Home Depot

 

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Rethink Benefits Highlights

Accenture

“I think it’s a great resource and benefit for parents of children with behavioral challenges. It would not necessarily be right for every employee (e.g., single, no kids), but is useful for those who fit the demographic.”

“Our daughter has Down syndrome and is developing her language skills more slowly than her typical peers. We are having success with flash cards and I like the possibilities that exist with the various printable materials on the site.”

Activision Blizzard

“You can work at your own pace and set specific goals you want to focus on. If you ever run into an issue you need help with, you can easily set up a phone appointment. The videos are key as well.”  

Amazon

“Since I’ve been using rethink it has helped my two boys tremendously. Their reading wasn’t the best but since we’ve begun the rethink program it has been a great help. I am forever grateful for us guys.”

It’s a valuable resource because it had a variety of learning material for kids in different age groups and with different learning disabilities.”  

“ this program has given my boys the confidence to be successful in their reading and communication when they are faced with a problem they don’t understand.”

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Did you know? Nearly 20% of your Workforce are Caring for a Child with a Developmental Disability.

Many employees caring for someone with a developmental disability aren’t comfortable disclosing or discussing their related personal challenges. Studies show that suffering in silence can dramatically affect their emotional health, and lead to an average of 250 hours of lost productivity each year. Given the proper training, these caregivers can address daily challenges and effectively teach their child the skills they need.

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The Wall Street Journal recently highlighted that parents caring for a child with special needs, may feel that they are at higher risk for employment discrimination and termination. 37% say that it is hard to take time off work when issues arise, and 39% report that it jeopardizes their advancement. 27% report they have been terminated due to care responsibilities and almost half (48%), have quit to care for a child with special needs. Employees don’t need to continue to suffer in silence.

Parents caring for a child with special needs face critical gaps in health plan and EAP coverage. Bridging these gaps can make the difference between a child and family thriving or just surviving. Substantial gaps include; parent and caregiver specific training, behavioral intervention and expert behavioral support, plus key accessibility for extended family, friends, care providers and other support members.

Parents and caregivers of a child with special needs face huge work life balance challenges that result in dips in both health and productivity. Parents and caregivers can face 2X the medical costs, a 50% higher spike in stress (almost two-thirds of doctor’s office visits are stress related), higher divorce rates and a loss of up to 250 hours in work productivity.

A new study shows that parent training is more effective than education to successfully address behavioral problems of children with developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder. Training caregivers provided an additional 20% decrease in behavioral problems. Fewer challenges for parents and caregivers meansreduced stress and less time away from work.


Rethink provides an affordable and effective solution that complements your current wellness plan by bridging the gaps not usually addressed. By providing the support parents and caregivers need, we reduce stress and reassure them that they are not alone. Since education is not enough to reduce daily challenges, we provide ongoing at-your-fingertip training that gives parents and caregivers the practical tools and training they need to help their child succeed, ultimately increasing productivity.

 

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