ABM Parent Rights and Responsibilities

By Lisa Shusterman, Ph.D. and Michele Shusterman, Founder, CP Daily Living

    Parent Rights

About the practice

  • You have the right to expect the lesson to start on time (barring unforeseen circumstances).
  • You have the right to expect that if your practitioner does not have a waiting area, he/she will be finished with the previous lesson before your assigned lesson time starts.
  • You have the right to expect that fees, cancellation policy, experience of practitioner, and length of lessons will be openly and honestly communicated to you in advance.
  • You have the right to expect that if the practitioner’s fees change, you will be notified in advance of those changes.
  • You have the right to expect that the practitioner’s lesson space will be wheelchair accessible.
     
  • About the lesson

  • You have the right to expect that during the lesson your practitioner will focus on your child. The connected dynamic between the practitioner and your child is a key element of the work.
  • You have the right to expect that your child will be safe and at ease during the lesson. If anything seems to upset your child, you have the right to question the practitioner and receive a satisfactory explanation of his/her intent.
  • You have the right to say if you are not comfortable with the practitioner’s intervention and expect the practitioner to respect your concerns, without taking offense.
  • You have the right to expect that any suggestions that your practitioner makes will relate either to ABM or another area of his/her expertise that is clearly identified as such.
  • You have the right to expect that any suggestions that your practitioner makes to you will be clearly explained to you.
  • You have the right to request time to talk with the practitioner about any questions or thoughts that you have about the work.
     
  • About privacy

  • You have the right to expect that your practitioner will keep any specific identifying information about your child and you confidential.
  • You have the right to expect that your practitioner will not discuss other students, parents, or practitioners, except when names and other information are completely anonymous and specifically useful to facilitate your child’s progress.
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      Parent Responsibilities

  • You have the responsibility to show up to your lesson on time (barring unforeseen circumstances).
  • You have the responsibility to pay for the lessons and follow the practitioner’s cancellation policy.
  • You have the responsibility to remain with your child during the lesson unless the practitioner requests otherwise.
  • You have the responsibility to cancel lessons if your child is sick.
  • You have the responsibility to inform the practitioner about any medical issues that could impact the management of the lesson, your child’s comfort or safety.
  • You have the responsibility to address any concerns about the work directly to the practitioner.
  • You have the responsibility to follow the practitioner’s guidance in establishing the therapeutic environment, including issues such as siblings at the lesson, conversation during the lesson and cell phone use.