|Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have any outcome measures regarding the success rate of your program?
Mark: “We do track outcomes for the Parent Support Group (i.e., the live seminars), which if
the offline version of OPS. The material presented during these seminars is exactly the
same as the material presented online. The only difference is that individuals who attend the
live seminar see me face-to-face and ask questions directly, whereas members of OPS see
me in a series of Online Instructional Videos and ask questions via email.
Based on data collected since March of 2002, approximately 94% of participants report that
(a) the child’s behavioral problems have reduced in frequency and severity and (b) the few
remaining problems are manageable. Research of OPS has also shown:
· Reduced tantrums and meltdowns
· Reduced parental stress and anxiety
· Reduced or eliminated spanking and hitting
· Reduced child behavior problems
· Increased parental confidence
· Improved parenting skills
· Improved parent-child relations
· Improved child self-esteem
· Improved child cooperation
· Improved child emotional adjustment
· Improved child academic performance
The success rate for members of OPS is nearly identical to that of parents who attend the
What is the difference between conventional versus unconventional parenting
Mark: “Unconventional parenting strategies are simply those approaches to parenting that
moms and dads do not typically think to use. We have to be creative when parenting out-of-
control Aspergers children. In some cases, you will be instructed to do the last thing you
would ever think to do first.
It is widely accepted by parent educators today that parenting patterns are learned in
childhood and replicated later in life when children become parents.The experiences
children have during the process of growing up have a significant impact on the attitudes,
skills, and child-rearing practices they will use with their own children. However, when raising
an Aspergers child who experiences frequent and unexpected meltdowns, typical parenting
strategies (i.e., techniques your parents used when you were growing up) tend to make the
child’s behavior worse. No parent is prepared, based on his/her past family-experience, to
deal effectively with an out-of-control Aspergers child. Parenting such a child does not come
naturally. Regrettably, parents often waste years trying to figure out a way to 'get through' to
Can teachers, social workers, and other therapists use the information in the OPS
Mark: “Every adult who works with Aspergers children in some shape, form or fashion will
benefit from the strategies presented in OPS program. Hundreds of OPS members (as well
as individuals who attend the live seminars) are now better equipped to deal with their
difficult students, clients, and patients because they learned how to think outside the box
and approach behavioral problems from a completely different angle. Clinicians, educators,
therapists, etc., will receive five Continuing Education Units (5 CEUs) after completing the
course and filling-out the program evaluation form at the end.”
Why an E-book rather than a regular book?
Mark: “We wanted the book to be digital (i.e., an eBook) so that parents could download it
instantly – no waiting for shipment. Most parents who are struggling with their child’s
behavior problems need answers immediately rather than in 3 to 10 days. Parents do not
have to wait for a physical product (e.g., a book) to be shipped to their homes. Instead, they
can begin programming within a matter of a few minutes.”
Is there a recurring monthly charge, and is there a time limit regarding how long
parents can access the material?
Mark: “No. Members only pay a one-time fee of $19.00, and there is no time limit. You can
go at their own pace, access the material from multiple computers, and share your
membership with other family members at no extra cost (e.g., spouse, ex-spouse
Why only $19.00? The other programs out there are so much more expensive.
Mark: “Because there are no physical products other than 2 CDs that we mail upon request.
All the video, audio and text are completely download-able. If we had to ship DVDs, hard
copies of the book, and so on -- the cost would be closer to $199.00.”
How long will it take to see a positive change in my child's behavior?
Mark: "You should notice positive changes in your child – and in yourself – the very first day
you use OPS parenting strategies. As you begin to implement the techniques outlined in the
program, you will see even more significant, long lasting changes in your child’s behavior
and attitude. Parenting your Aspergers child will become easier -- and more enjoyable.
Bear in mind that if your child is, say, 6-years-old -- it has taken 6 years for the problems to
get to this point. So it will take at least a few weeks to get the problems turned around. Most
parents (90% plus) see permanent changes in their child's behavior within 4 weeks."
My Aspergers child has also been diagnosed with ODD and ADHD.
Will it work for him?
Mark: “Definitely. Children rarely act-out for extended periods of time simply because they
have a behavior problem. Most of these children have underlying, core issues that will need
to be dealt with in advance of 'misbehavior'. The OPS program is especially helpful -- and
indeed necessary -- for children who are having these mental health issues.”
Is there anyone who should not use the program?
Mark: “Children with severe autism, profound mental retardation, and disorders that result
in a total inability to communicate will probably not benefit as much from the strategies
outlined in the OPS program.”
What is the age range for this program?
Mark: "I've used the techniques and concepts in the OPS program successfully with children
as young as 3 years of age – and as old as 17. The program has proven to be effective with
children of any age, because it provides detailed guidelines to help parents create (in some
cases spontaneously) the most effective approach for any given problem -- regardless of
age, gender, or race."
What if the program does not work for me?
Mark: “Then we will refund 100% of your purchase price ($19.00).
If you will work the program, the program will work for you – especially if you take full
advantage of the parent-coaching aspect of OPS.
Our third-party researcher who conducts ongoing 'outcome measures' of OPS reveals that,
of those random members who are polled, approximately 94% report that:
(a) the child's emotional/behavioral problems have reduced in frequency (i.e., the number
of meltdowns that occur within any given week)
(b) the child's emotional/behavioral problems have reduced in severity (i.e., the intensity of
(c) the few remaining problems are easily managed by the parent.
It should be noted that we rarely get requests for refunds – in fact, quite the opposite. We
frequently receive emails from parents who feel as though they have 'under-paid' for this
service because of the huge benefit received.”
Can I order this program even though I live in the U.K.?
Mark: "Yes. The program is all online - so your geographical location is not an issue. Nearly
70% of OPS members are from outside the United States."