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How to Pair Yourself as a Positive Reinforcer

Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D & Angela Cathey, M.A. bSci21Media, LLC Brett DiNovi, M.A., BCBA Brett DiNovi & Associates The effectiveness of any intervention depends upon many factors. One important factor in the success of your intervention is your own…


Training Social Skills in Limos with Games

Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D & Zachary H. Morford, PhD, BCBA-D bSci21 Media, LLC Brett DiNovi, M.A., BCBA Brett DiNovi & Associates Having difficulty interacting with others is one of the defining characteristics of individuals with autism. Like any other…


How to Stop a Tantrum on the Way to a Store Using ABA

Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D & Leanne Page, M.Ed, BCBA bSci21Media, LLC Brett DiNovi, M.A., BCBA Brett DiNovi & Associates Parents are often faced with problem behaviors while trying to accomplish necessary everyday tasks such as running errands. In a…


Parenting Strategies for Sick Children

By Leanne Page, M.Ed, BCBA bSci21 Contributing Writer “Dear Behavior BFF, my kids have been sick a lot lately and their attitudes have been horrendous. I know they feel bad, but I expect them to be able to perform super…


Obstacles to autism treatment for immigrant families.

Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D bSci21Media, LLC The diagnosis of autism is becoming better recognized and more frequently diagnosed worldwide; however, in many parts of the world this diagnosis still carries significant stigma and availability of evidence-based care may be…


Telehealth: ABA’s New Frontier

Harla B. Frank, M.S., BCBA bSci21 Contributing Writer That’s going to be the story for the next year or so: [digital health] moving from a curiosity, to a research tool, to an actual mainstream, accepted clinical tool. I think it’s…


Behavioral Skills Training at Dinner Time

Leanne Page, M.Ed, BCBA bSci21 Contributing Writer “Dear Behavior BFF, I need some serious help with dinnertime. My two sons argue, yell, goof off, refuse to eat, you name it. We can’t go out to restaurants and turn down any…


Using Modern Technology in ABA programs to Teach Children with Autism

By Tamar Varnai, MA, BCBA Guest Author Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological disorder affecting communication, social skills, and behavior which has been growing exponentially over the past 20 years.  Diagnosis of the disorder is at an all-time high…


When school suspension reinforces maladaptive behavior.

Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D bSci21Media, LLC Brett DiNovi, MA., BCBA Brett DiNovi & Associates Sometimes suspending students from school can be the worst thing for that learner’s future behavior. If a behavior problem functions to escape school it will…


The unintended effects of punishment – and reinforcement.

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D bSci21Media, LLC Brett DiNovi, M.A., BCBA Brett DiNovi & Associates In a recent video from Brett DiNovi & Associates, Dr. Chris Manente, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, asked the question “Is punishment appropriate?”.  In…