Gratitude, Autism and ABA

By Sarah Kupferschmidt, M.A., BCBA bSci21 Contributing Writer With Thanksgiving on the horizon, gratitude is something that is frequent fodder for discussion this time of year.  I am truly grateful for the opportunities that I have had to work with…


Behavior Skills Training in 4 Steps

By Zainab Fazal, M.ADS, BCBA bSci21 Contributing Writer On June 22, 2015, I received a phone call from a staff at a local residential home serving adults with developmental disabilities. With a lot of excitement, she asked if I watched…


A New Incentive System at Hettie Halstead Elementary School

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org The Killeen Daily Herald recently reported on the success of a new incentive program at Hettie Halstead Elementary School, in Copperas Cove, Texas. The program utilizes “Bulldawg Bucks” and resembles the commonly…


How A Horse Learned To Paint

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org The Chicago Tribune recently featured a story on a prolific, up and coming artist that “can turn out six or more abstract art pieces during a 20-minute session.”  The artist is…


Did B.F. Skinner contribute anything to Applied Behavior Analysis?

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org What exactly was B.F. Skinner’s contribution to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?  That was the question asked by Ed Morris, Nathaniel Smith, and Deborah Altus in their article published in The Behavior Analyst….


How ABA Got Drivers To Hang Up And Buckle Up

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org A study by Michael Clayton, Bridgett Helms, and Cathy Simpson in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis demonstrated the successful application of Applied Behavior Analysis toward driver safety.  In short, the researchers found…


When Your Child Doesn’t Play With Others, by your Behavior BFF

By Leanne Page, M.Ed, BCBA bSci21 Contributing Writer, and your “Behavior BFF” When we hang out with my friends who have kids- my 3-year-old son just hangs out by himself talking about the toys. He doesn’t play with toys with…


How ABA Increased Designated Drivers in a College Bar

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org Richard Kazbour and Jon Bailey published a study in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis which increased the prevalence of designated drivers in a college bar. The researchers used what is known as an “ABCA”…


8 New Career Paths for BCBAs

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org Working with children diagnosed with autism is the bread and butter of Applied Behavior Analysis.  This work provides a tremendous service to society, and the data-based successes of ABA have done…


Police Leadership Style and Use of Force

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org PoliceOne.com recently discussed a study conducted by Dr. Tommy Sickles, Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Phoenix, that sought to determine the effects of leadership style on use of…