Implementing a Modified Version of Parent Management Training (PMT) with an Intellectually Disabled Client in a Special Education Setting

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In this article the author discusses how an evidence-based practice was modified to treat an intellectually disabled client with oppositional behavior. Parent Management Training was modified to treat the client. A single-subject A-B design was used. Behavior improved from 1.57 (SD =.78) to 0.63 (SD =.71) episodes of negative behavior per day from baseline to intervention, and findings were significant (t = 2.83, p =.01). Follow-up with the family indicated sustained improvement one year after the intervention was discontinued. Consideration should be given to using principles of Parent Management Training to create formal plans for addressing problem behaviors across settings with intellectually disabled clients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-432
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Evidence-Based Social Work
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012



  • Cognitive disability
  • parent management training
  • single subject design

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