Comments for Behavioral Science in the 21st Century https://bsci21.org The world according to behavioral science. Fri, 12 Jun 2020 17:08:22 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Comment on The Top 5 Challenges of an RBT… And Their Solutions by Leslie https://bsci21.org/the-top-5-challenges-of-an-rbt-and-their-solutions/#comment-30185 Fri, 12 Jun 2020 17:08:22 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3459#comment-30185 This is on point. you hit a lot of the points RBTs struggle with on a daily basis! I will be sharing this. Great Article.

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Comment on Telehealth: ABA’s New Frontier by Harla Frank https://bsci21.org/telehealth-abas-new-frontier/#comment-29875 Tue, 21 Apr 2020 23:21:47 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6438#comment-29875 Thank you for you kind comment, Shane!

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Comment on The Four Functions of Behavior Made Simple by nicole latowski https://bsci21.org/the-four-functions-of-behavior-made-simple/#comment-29593 Sat, 15 Feb 2020 18:31:11 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6204#comment-29593 THe four functions in the video helped me understand the way they can play out. I am new to this field and with all the reading, watching and reapplying to I can use all these in my own everyday life. I see why this would make scene to a child well if it happened before it can happen again ill just make sure to act the same way as before. I am blown away with how intuitive a child can really be. These functions are easy to definite and use in every day settings.

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Comment on The Four Functions of Behavior Made Simple by Chandra Andrews https://bsci21.org/the-four-functions-of-behavior-made-simple/#comment-29352 Thu, 06 Feb 2020 23:20:19 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6204#comment-29352 I enjoyed the videos about the four functions of behavior, and the explaination of each function. I can identify with the automatic reinforcement in children with autism. Attention function is more challenging to me. I am glad I am learning strategies to support attention behaviors. It would be great if tangibles work every time. but a therapist or teacher the choice tangibles the child will have a positive reinforcement experience.

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Comment on The place before “I” – Undercutting your Deictic Relations by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/the-place-before-i-undercutting-your-deictic-relations/#comment-28512 Mon, 13 Jan 2020 15:21:33 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=13647#comment-28512 Hey Shelly, the processes are related to deictic relational frames and influenced by Zen meditation.

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Comment on The place before “I” – Undercutting your Deictic Relations by Shelly Lynn Henry, MS, BCBA https://bsci21.org/the-place-before-i-undercutting-your-deictic-relations/#comment-28410 Fri, 10 Jan 2020 19:07:31 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=13647#comment-28410 Interesting read Todd.

I like mindfulness as the behavior of self-thought observation and something that can be changed.

Not sure of the abstract nature of the discussion – is this based on a particular religion or thought process?

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Comment on The Four Functions of Behavior Made Simple by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/the-four-functions-of-behavior-made-simple/#comment-28169 Fri, 03 Jan 2020 19:53:46 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6204#comment-28169 Thanks for reading!

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Comment on The Four Functions of Behavior Made Simple by Jennifer R https://bsci21.org/the-four-functions-of-behavior-made-simple/#comment-27953 Mon, 30 Dec 2019 19:56:24 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6204#comment-27953 Great Read. Straight forward

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Comment on Why ‘PayScale, Inc.’ is Wrong About Behavior Analysts by G. Andrew Reynolds https://bsci21.org/why-payscale-inc-is-wrong-about-behavior-analysts/#comment-27903 Mon, 30 Dec 2019 04:03:26 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=931#comment-27903 Dear Uche,

I’ve just uncovered INFO you might find relevant on ABA race, ethnicity & gender @ Data USA:

https://datausa.io/profile/cip/applied-behavior-analysis#demographics

As a 60-year old White male, ironically, I too feel an outsider as my research concerns Hispanic-Latino(H-L)ABAs and the rates of H-L ASD-clients successfully finding gainful employment … for this USA data suggests the professional ABA community is predominately White females; e.g. my positionality is one of both a White non-H-L AND an old White man. But these issues should not discourage either of us! Best wishes on your quest! G

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Comment on Revolutionizing Behavioral Measurement with MIT’s Marko System by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/revolutionizing-behavioral-measurement-with-mits-marko-system/#comment-27533 Thu, 19 Dec 2019 14:11:48 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=12154#comment-27533 Great comments!

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Comment on Revolutionizing Behavioral Measurement with MIT’s Marko System by Shelly Lynn Henry, MS, BCBA https://bsci21.org/revolutionizing-behavioral-measurement-with-mits-marko-system/#comment-27486 Wed, 18 Dec 2019 14:18:38 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=12154#comment-27486 The support of technology can help practitioners focus on training (families and staff). The burden of data collection is significant both from a reliability standpoint and workload (and potential staff burnout). I can see technology such as this being used in conjunction with data collected by the ABA Staff to calibrate and then to check for fidelity along the way. In this way, a comfort level with the technology can be developed and it can be used as a training tool for interrater reliability efforts for staff.

I also agree with the commnent about the personal touch and I think if we can use technology to support Applied Behavior Analysis, in the field, we will have more time to build rapport and develop essential relationships with those we serve in ABA. As long as the technology is not the focus but the tool, I think it can be useful.

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Comment on The Four Functions of Behavior Made Simple by Ryan Herr https://bsci21.org/the-four-functions-of-behavior-made-simple/#comment-27153 Sun, 08 Dec 2019 15:10:09 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6204#comment-27153 Alot of clients I work with engage in self stimulation, that are part of who they are, and the sensory input they need, that aren’t included in the tx plan provided by the BSC. Ex., child hand flaps when stimulated, and their is no reduction plan for this behavior.

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Comment on The place before “I” – Undercutting your Deictic Relations by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/the-place-before-i-undercutting-your-deictic-relations/#comment-25990 Mon, 18 Nov 2019 14:38:35 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=13647#comment-25990 Thanks for reading!

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Comment on The place before “I” – Undercutting your Deictic Relations by Adelaide Dupont https://bsci21.org/the-place-before-i-undercutting-your-deictic-relations/#comment-25917 Sat, 16 Nov 2019 11:06:13 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=13647#comment-25917 It was Todd Ward who cooked the dinner.

Todd and only Todd?

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Comment on The High Cost of Stress in the ABA Workplace by Natalie Blue https://bsci21.org/the-high-cost-of-stress-in-the-aba-workplace/#comment-25270 Thu, 31 Oct 2019 22:48:30 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3178#comment-25270 Daniel, thanks for taking the time to write this article.
It’s 2019, I feel like Jane. For the past 3 years, I’ve endured the high demand of the “full time” behavior analyst. I have dedicated 3 years as a supervisor to my current company, prior to that I was a behavioral interventionist for 3 years to my current company.

Over the years I’ve watched between 50-75+ supervisors leave this large organization. It’s been eye opening, but at the same time, unsettling.

In addition to the demanding work load, I’ve failed the BCBA test, 7 times. The last 2 times that I attempted my scores were between 390-395/400.

I am an ambitious behavior analyst at heart, however I’m currently conflicted as a Masters level supervisor, due to the frequent interruptions to my “behavior momentum” as I continue to take the BCBA exam every 3 months and struggle with the demands of the field. I just wanted to take the time to thank you for validating the barriers and challenges that behavior analysts‘ experience.

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Comment on Halloween in the 1900s: How Applied Behavior Analysis shaped the future of Trick-or-Treating by Ann https://bsci21.org/halloween-in-the-1900s-how-applied-behavior-analysis-shaped-the-future-of-trick-or-treating/#comment-25256 Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:42:04 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2130#comment-25256 It is October 30 here in Central Iowa and I am handing out candy. The beggars night tradition continues. Interestingly though, the number of kids eager to tell riddles seems to be dropping off. I think it’s because folks that are from here have come to find the riddles rather tedious. (Example, “why did the toilet paper cross the road road? Because he was on a roll” ). I am happy to report that we continue to have virtually no problems with Halloween pranks around here. It seems to me the response effort of knocking on the door to get candy is far less when compared to the work of setting a fire.

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Comment on Three things you can do instead of accepting gifts from clients by Nicole https://bsci21.org/three-things-you-can-do-instead-of-accepting-gifts-from-clients/#comment-25128 Sat, 19 Oct 2019 04:30:32 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4485#comment-25128 The link is expired…

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Comment on Barriers to Autism Treatment in Northern Ireland by Jesús https://bsci21.org/barriers-to-autism-treatment-in-northern-ireland/#comment-25050 Sun, 13 Oct 2019 02:12:44 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=12212#comment-25050 The situation is sad. Here in Mexico, the situation is worse. Public institutions are unaware ABA, and continue to treat cases of autism with classical psychiatry.
ABA practice is private, and is usually expensive.

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Comment on Greta Thunburg, Power, and Countercontrol by Richard Weissman https://bsci21.org/greta-thunburg-power-and-countercontrol/#comment-25008 Mon, 07 Oct 2019 21:15:48 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=13412#comment-25008 One self-identified ethical group agent/agency (Harley Schlanger of LAROUCHE.com) is promoting the counter control conceptualization that Greta is actually an enabler of the ceremonial authority of the large banking agencies — the banking dictatorship agenda. The macro-contingencies occasioning this are (1) the federal reserve is infusing $75 to $125 billion per 1-4 days cash the economy from 9/15-10/10 due to a liquidity crunch (in which the banks either don’t have the money or won’t make it available for short-term loans (STLs). (2)Repo markets are a place corporations and clients can go to borrow STLs but they’re not available right now. (3) Banks with plenty of cash on hand can money on this as interest rates are rising to 2.5% to 5% on short-term overnight loans. (4) Their reticence suggests trouble in the big banks and so they requested the Fed Reserves cash injection (1st time since 2008) injecting $500-$700 billion into these short-term overnight repo markets for banks to have available.(5) Panic is thereby prevented by the cash injection and minimizing of the crisis rhetoric. (6) The Fed is discussing a now round of Quantitative Easing in which instead of just buying treasuries from the banks, they’re going to buy corporate bonds, stocks, etc. They’ve run out of tools (quantitative easing, negative interest rates, etc.) to sustain the bubble. (7) Beneath the bubble which is showing signs of popping is a dramatic slow down of the real economy as conceptualized by triple curve theory in which speculative gains in financial markets are sustained by diverting monetary flows out of the real economy, into financial markets. This is sustained, increasingly, by looting the economic basis through large-scale attrition in basic economic infrastructure, and by driving down the net after-inflation prices paid for wages and production of operatives resulting in a triple curve: a hyperbolic curve upward of financial aggregates, a slower but also upward hyperbolic curve of monetary aggregates to sustain the bubble, and an accelerating downward curve in net per capita real output. When financial aggregates grow above monetary aggregates, there’s not enough money to back the financial aggregates. So monetary aggregates are increased but all that money goes into new forms of speculation rather than the real economy. This was how the 2008 collapse was conceptualized in 2007 and is being repeated now. (8) the post-2008 corrective never happened. Derivatives were restarted and accelerated. This was justified by modern monetary theory which holds you can create debt as much as you need to stimulate the economy but what gets stimulated is speculation which creates a flow of money into the highest risk because that’s where the highest return (but also greatest danger) is. But given the history of bailing out the speculators and cutting back more on the real economy, speculation continued unabated resulting in more debit today than in 2008. Without such speculator bail out guarantees, the system implodes which is where we’re heading now. (9) Now they’re moving toward a radical restructuring of the whole global economy. At the UN Climate Conference, Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, presented a fallback option to create a new bubble that can last another year or two. The approach carries with it a new approach to economics. While everyone was paying attention to the histrionics of circus barker Greta Thornberg, Carney reported that since 2017, the major banks have been involved in an ongoing negotiation to establish a climate based financial system. 34 central bankers and bank supervisors had set up a “Coalition of the Willing” for what they called a network for greening the financial system (NGFS). In other words, the financial sector must be at the heat of tackling climate change. (1) There are 130 banks (totaling a $120 trillion asset base) that have assembled a coalition of accounting firms, rating agencies, pension funds — all the financial players – to make a compact for green financial investment including a task force for climate related financial disclosures. Every bank, in order to get money from the central bank, will have to pass a test that shows it is investing money only in carbon neutral or negative investments. (11) He said, “Firms that align their business models to the transition to a net zero carbon world will be rewarded handsomely. Those that fail to adopt these measures will cease to exist [be cut off from credit].” This is an oeprationalization of the “banker dictatorship” aspirations decried by Rissman and Kearney (2019) – https://www.eli.org/sites/default/files/elr/featuredarticles/49.10155.pdf. The foregoing was based on a transcription paraphrasing the first 16 minutes of the following 52 minute YouTube interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VjTW7JO-rM. Much more is presented on the dishonest debate on climate science.

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Comment on Greta Thunburg, Power, and Countercontrol by Maria Rita https://bsci21.org/greta-thunburg-power-and-countercontrol/#comment-24998 Sun, 06 Oct 2019 07:44:33 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=13412#comment-24998 Very interesting perspective about the birth of a social phenomenon.

I surely hope Greta will win, as this could lead to improvement in many other social issues.

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Comment on The “A-B-Cs” of Homelessness by Jared https://bsci21.org/the-a-b-cs-of-homelessness/#comment-24847 Tue, 24 Sep 2019 19:58:02 +0000 http://bsci21.org/?p=7200#comment-24847 I’d be interested to see data on trauma history and mental health/internal event trends. A behavioral approach to mental health(Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) on a large scale should be part of this intervention.

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Comment on Zen Meditation: Experience of a Behavioral Scientist by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/zen-meditation-experience-of-a-behavioral-scientist/#comment-24838 Mon, 23 Sep 2019 12:23:10 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=13318#comment-24838 Thanks so much Leann!

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Comment on Zen Meditation: Experience of a Behavioral Scientist by Leann Harris https://bsci21.org/zen-meditation-experience-of-a-behavioral-scientist/#comment-24833 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 08:31:04 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=13318#comment-24833 Just wanted to say thank you for writing this and I’d love to hear more about Zen through a behavior lens. It perfectly captures my own experience and I have been looking for someone who can describe what’s really going on for years.
Your point #3 I think is what people are looking for when they think of Zen, but I’ve found your first point to be the most transformative.
The only way I made it through my first ACT book (the classic “blue book”) is because of my background in behavior and Buddhism.
Thank you so very much for this!

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Comment on How Behavior Analysis Can Contribute To Gun Safety by Corrine Donley https://bsci21.org/how-behavior-analysis-can-contribute-to-gun-safety/#comment-24767 Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:04:51 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2944#comment-24767 Fantastic Emily! Spread the word.

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Comment on Revolutionizing Behavioral Measurement with MIT’s Marko System by Andrew Evans https://bsci21.org/revolutionizing-behavioral-measurement-with-mits-marko-system/#comment-24603 Mon, 26 Aug 2019 16:57:50 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=12154#comment-24603 Well that was a horrible example of using Marko. The assisted living facility could have ran a separate, probably cheaper program, and would probably figure this stuff out. Plus, at the end of the day, we are still defining behaviors and the rules that follow. Have you ever tried to create a computer program to fix those issues? These are all very expensive ways to get the same data. We are all just scared of human error to figure out the end result that we put our priorities in the hands of robots. Behavior analysis, when at the personal level, should be helped at the personal level (not at a robotic level). There is a great tradition of humanism in BA. We should definitely watch ourselves when it comes to new technologies.

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Comment on The Four Functions of Behavior Made Simple by Glory Ann dela Cruz https://bsci21.org/the-four-functions-of-behavior-made-simple/#comment-24501 Fri, 16 Aug 2019 08:58:50 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6204#comment-24501 Thank you for sharing!

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Comment on Four Prolific Writing Tips from B.F. Skinner by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/four-prolific-writing-tips-from-b-f-skinner/#comment-24462 Mon, 12 Aug 2019 15:06:42 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/2015/02/four-prolific-writing-tips-from-b-f-skinner/#comment-24462 Thanks Rich!

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Comment on Four Prolific Writing Tips from B.F. Skinner by Richard Cartwright https://bsci21.org/four-prolific-writing-tips-from-b-f-skinner/#comment-24455 Mon, 12 Aug 2019 03:04:07 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/2015/02/four-prolific-writing-tips-from-b-f-skinner/#comment-24455 I appreciate the summary of Skinner’s ideas re: writing tips. Skinner, alas, has dropped from public view, but his many helpful works survive thanks to your efforts.

Rich

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Comment on Behavior Analysis and the Diversity Issue by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/behavior-analysis-and-the-diversity-issue/#comment-24439 Sat, 10 Aug 2019 00:26:26 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2191#comment-24439 I think they would! Different cultural histories come with different verbal communities and ways of thinking/talking about the world.

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Comment on Behavior Analysis and the Diversity Issue by Mari Cerda https://bsci21.org/behavior-analysis-and-the-diversity-issue/#comment-24435 Fri, 09 Aug 2019 14:17:24 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2191#comment-24435 Ok… something I have been pondering for a bit and related to this topic. Theory of Mind, in the most simple terms, is perspective-taking of those around us. Research also shows that our theory of mind is shaped and defined by our personal and cultural experiences. We also know that the behaviors we perceive in others are uniquely shaped and defined by their own culture and experiences that may be different from our own. This can some times lead to incorrectly perceiving another’s behavior if we don’t understand the cultural context behind it. So, if perspective-taking skills are part of social skills training, how do we ensure that we are not injecting our own bias of perception onto our clients/students and developing their theory of mind to be a reflection of ours and not their own? Would children receiving social skills instruction develop a more expanded theory of mind if they had a diverse group of instructors?

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Comment on Telehealth: ABA’s New Frontier by Shane https://bsci21.org/telehealth-abas-new-frontier/#comment-24355 Thu, 01 Aug 2019 22:45:44 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6438#comment-24355 Thank you for this information. Very valuable. Exactly what I needed!

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Comment on The Four Functions of Behavior Made Simple by MIRANDA K PRICE https://bsci21.org/the-four-functions-of-behavior-made-simple/#comment-24329 Tue, 30 Jul 2019 19:11:03 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6204#comment-24329 Right to the point!

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Comment on How Behavior Analysts are Making Schools Safer, Healthier Places by Corazon A. Diocadiz https://bsci21.org/how-behavior-analysts-are-making-schools-safer-healthier-places/#comment-23921 Sat, 06 Jul 2019 00:16:11 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2486#comment-23921 I was really impress while reading this articles. how i wish i could be part of changing the lives of children with or with out disability in our community.

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Comment on How to turn people on to behavior analysis. by Jacqui Thweatt-Burton https://bsci21.org/how-to-turn-people-on-to-behavior-analysis/#comment-23851 Tue, 02 Jul 2019 13:02:22 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=12696#comment-23851 Thank you! Great article! I am finding many people I work with only relate ABA to Autism. I am having to rethink how I present material to make it more relatable (and making myself more relatable as well) and easier to understand.

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Comment on 4 Fixes to Improve Public Education in High Poverty Schools by Dave Bauman https://bsci21.org/4-fixes-to-improve-public-education-in-high-poverty-schools/#comment-23803 Sun, 30 Jun 2019 14:17:12 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4820#comment-23803 Can you explain how children who:
have limited English proficiency or non-standard English usage
have never been read to by parents (resulting in serious vocabulary deficit)
are unsupervised for most of their non-school hours (TV time vs. socialization and physical play)
will have higher achievement simply by mixing with others of higher achieving students ? Where is the research to support this recommendation?

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Comment on The Quantified Self Movement and Behavior Analysis by RyanO https://bsci21.org/the-quantified-self-movement-and-behavior-analysis/#comment-23686 Sun, 23 Jun 2019 11:17:06 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=12454#comment-23686 I presented in 2015 at their annual conference in SF., wesome community! Also, one of the co-founders Gary was at ABAI this year with neuringer (who also presented at their 2018 event). Seems their archive is being restructured so this might be dead but I ran a local meetup in Reno and contributed some to their visualizations: https://quantifiedself.com/2015/07/2015-qs-visualization-gallery-part-3/

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Comment on Racial Disparities in Autism Diagnoses by Suzanne https://bsci21.org/racial-disparities-in-autism-diagnoses/#comment-23614 Sun, 16 Jun 2019 01:00:24 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=12217#comment-23614 Dear Dr. Ward,
Great questions. In practice while reviewing records I have noticed that while many African American children have a co-morbid diagnosis of intellectual disability with the autism diagnosis, I have not once seen this with white children over the last 10 years. I am wondering what you know about the decline in ID diagnosis in relation to the increase in ASD diagnoses, specifically along racial and SES lines.

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Comment on Do you really understand selection by consequences? by trish https://bsci21.org/do-you-really-understand-selection-by-consequences/#comment-23525 Tue, 04 Jun 2019 12:08:43 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/2015/02/do-you-really-understand-selection-by-consequences/#comment-23525 You get reinforced more on FB by “likes” 🙂 Was not a thing on MySpace. Value of reinforcer higher on fb than MS. (FB knoew what it was doing it seems. Reinforce ppl through clicks such as “likes” and comments and volia!

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Comment on Motivating Millennials On Demand Quiz by Chrislyn Saxena https://bsci21.org/quizzes/motivating-millennials-on-demand-quiz/#comment-23370 Sun, 19 May 2019 21:57:13 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?post_type=sfwd-quiz&p=9558#comment-23370 very informative and gives perspective to habits of millenials

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Comment on The Four Functions of Behavior Made Simple by Rachel https://bsci21.org/the-four-functions-of-behavior-made-simple/#comment-23320 Wed, 15 May 2019 10:35:49 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6204#comment-23320 Love the simplicity of this to explain to public school staff. Any chance you know if anything out there that explains how important it is to set up the environment so as not to reinforce the problem behavior?

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Comment on 10 Myths of Applied Behavior Analysis by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/10-myths-of-applied-behavior-analysis-html/#comment-23183 Thu, 02 May 2019 22:08:15 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/2015/04/10-myths-of-applied-behavior-analysis/#comment-23183 Excellent comments, thanks for reading Sandra!

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Comment on 10 Myths of Applied Behavior Analysis by Sandra Patterson https://bsci21.org/10-myths-of-applied-behavior-analysis-html/#comment-23182 Thu, 02 May 2019 20:02:54 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/2015/04/10-myths-of-applied-behavior-analysis/#comment-23182 Thank you for helping me understand that initially taught responses in an ABA program might seem to be robotic, but that is just building a foundation to have a behavior to work with. If I were to guess, I would say that kids that need to go to ABA treatment are the ones that really need the most help with figuring out how to behave in normal settings. I really like the idea of being able to have a therapy that can help redirect a child behavior for the better in such a big way.

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Comment on JEAB: How we think about time affects impulsivity. by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/jeab-how-we-think-about-time-affects-impulsivity/#comment-23159 Wed, 01 May 2019 18:47:57 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1249#comment-23159 Excellent comments Tom, thanks for reading!

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Comment on JEAB: How we think about time affects impulsivity. by Tom Z https://bsci21.org/jeab-how-we-think-about-time-affects-impulsivity/#comment-23157 Wed, 01 May 2019 16:22:11 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1249#comment-23157 I read this article and it got me interested in asking how very young children would respond to the same combinations of time. If derived relations are learned over time then perhaps young children with relatively less of a history of time relations may respond differently to a date vs.# of days vs. # of years. It would be nice to see how that type of relation evolves over time – cross-sectional is not as cool as longitudinal but it’s a lot faster and would get in the ballpark of the progression of those types of relations over time quickly.

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Comment on About by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/about/#comment-23129 Tue, 30 Apr 2019 15:34:00 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?page_id=275#comment-23129 Hi Megan,

At this time we do not have supervision CEs. Thanks for your interest!

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Comment on About by Megan M Coatley https://bsci21.org/about/#comment-23102 Sun, 28 Apr 2019 17:54:16 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?page_id=275#comment-23102 Hi There –

I’m wondering if your Culture & Turnover CE course (link below) would count toward Supervision CEs. It isn’t explicitly stated in the course description. Thanks!

https://bsci21.org/shop/ceus/on-demand/how-aba-agencies-can-improve-corporate-culture-to-reduce-turnover-and-increase-quality-of-services-1-ceu/

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Comment on When a Behavior Analyst Attends a General Psychological Conference by Julie Eshleman https://bsci21.org/when-a-behavior-analyst-attends-a-general-psychological-conference/#comment-23030 Mon, 22 Apr 2019 11:23:07 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1092#comment-23030 I agree with you – there is SO much value in hearing about how other branches of psychology align (or don’t!) with behavior analysis. I sometimes feel like a spy – listening in on how non-behavior analysts talk about the same concepts! In terms of disseminating our science for the good of society (Skinner’s original intent), learning more and more about how other fields view the information and the vocabulary with which they discuss it can only help behavior analysts continue to share the science! Great article – thanks for writing!!

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Comment on “Touch Your Head” or “Make Your Bed”? Staying true to the Applied dimension of ABA when creating program goals for students with profound cognitive impairment by Emily https://bsci21.org/touch-your-head-or-make-your-bed-staying-true-to-the-applied-dimension-of-aba-when-creating-program-goals-for-students-with-profound-cognitive-impairment/#comment-23005 Fri, 19 Apr 2019 17:12:44 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2905#comment-23005 This is so great! Thank you for publicly sharing your story and drawing attention to the need to individualize instruction that is meaningful and attainable. This is why the AFLS and Essential for Living are SO crucial to disseminate. We can’t waste valuable, precious time with our clients on goals they won’t master; we have to make the switch to skills they can acquire and maintain with little intervention for the rest of their lives. Thank you, again! This is such an important conversation to have.

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Comment on Reinforcement Isn’t Real by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/reinforcement-isnt-real/#comment-22987 Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:21:18 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/2015/03/reinforcement-isnt-real/#comment-22987 Interesting thoughts! Others would say science is a collection of language products based on the behavior of the scientist, who is operating within his/her own history. So what is “real” can never be determined, since all we are dealing with is language. Lots of perspectives and food for thought!

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Comment on Reinforcement Isn’t Real by Gunnar Ree https://bsci21.org/reinforcement-isnt-real/#comment-22985 Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:44:58 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/2015/03/reinforcement-isnt-real/#comment-22985 Science is stupid without metaphysics. The minimum – soft determinism – is the basis for doing science in the first place (looking for generalities) – so you have an ontology, regardless of whether you like it (and disliking it seems sort of the poseur position to me).

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Comment on Forgiving Dylann Roof: Perspectives from ABA and Christianity by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/forgiving-dylann-roof-perspectives-from-aba-and-christianity/#comment-22895 Wed, 17 Apr 2019 15:58:32 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1001#comment-22895 Very interesting thoughts, thanks for reading Joey!

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Comment on Forgiving Dylann Roof: Perspectives from ABA and Christianity by Joey https://bsci21.org/forgiving-dylann-roof-perspectives-from-aba-and-christianity/#comment-22894 Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:16:44 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1001#comment-22894 I am a practicing Catholic and a behavior analyst and found this article interesting. I wonder how the different understandings of forgiveness across the many denominations of Christianity would shape this conversation.
I regard forgiveness as not only recognition of external factors that may have contributed to a behavior, but also recognition of inviolable dignity of a human person as begotten by God – a dignity that cannot be taken away by one’s own actions. Therefore, I am compelled to work for that person’s good as an act of forgiveness.
I wonder also if the prison system would take a similar frame of thought and work towards rehabilitation (including punishment and reinforcement) for the good of that person who has inviolable dignity.

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Comment on Five Inspirational Quotes by Behavior Analysts by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/five-inspirational-quotes-by-behavior-analysts/#comment-22829 Mon, 15 Apr 2019 14:37:30 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2555#comment-22829 Thanks Kayla!

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Comment on Five Inspirational Quotes by Behavior Analysts by Kayla from AllDayABA https://bsci21.org/five-inspirational-quotes-by-behavior-analysts/#comment-22790 Sat, 13 Apr 2019 18:56:25 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2555#comment-22790 I was just looking for behavior analysis quotes and came across this! Great work Chelsea! Love the bsci21 website.

Sincerely,
Kayla from AllDayABA

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Comment on Radical Behaviorism and Buddhism by art marr https://bsci21.org/radical-behaviorism-and-buddhism/#comment-22476 Wed, 27 Mar 2019 19:51:45 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1926#comment-22476 Linked below is the first systematic analysis of the covert striatal musculature from the vantage of a radical behaviorism.

A behavioristic analysis of covert striatal behavior is provocative for one simple reason, namely that it explains all contemplative meditative practices (meditation, mindfulness, relaxation response) , and incorporates those disciplines under an empirically based theory of learning, or a radical behaviorism. Following behavior analytic practice, my explanation must be judged practically and refuted easily, or in other words its validity is judged from the simple and testable procedure that it engenders (p.45-48).

The entire corpus of research on contemplative practices is highly mentalistic and does not subscribe to the clear syntax and rigorous semantics (i.e. clear definition of terms mapped to real empiric events) that are the hallmark of a radical behaviorism. To overturn this well entrenched and lucrative perspective calls for nothing less than a revolution in psychology, and a vindication of the unfortunately marginalized discipline of behavior analysis.

My work is largely based on the latest iteration of incentive or discrepancy-based models of motivation representative of the work Dr. Kent Berridge of the University of Michigan. Although not a Skinnerian, Berridge is a renowned bio-behaviorist and affective neuroscientist. Berridge was kind to vet and endorse the book I have linked below.

My explanation and argument are tiered into three parts, for a lay audience (pp.7-48), an expanded academic version (pp.49-82), and a formal journal article published on the topic in the International Journal of Stress Management. Still, all is moot if the procedure is ineffective.

https://www.scribd.com/doc/284056765/The-Book-of-Rest-The-Odd-Psychology-of-Doing-Nothing

https://www.scribd.com/doc/121345732/Relaxation-and-Muscular-Tension-A-bio-behavioristic-explanation

And Holmes’ Article on Meditation and Rest from ‘The American Psychologist’

https://www.scribd.com/document/291558160/Holmes-Meditation-and-Rest-The-American-Psychologist

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Comment on Acceptance and Commitment Training and the Scope of Practice of BCBAs by Jenna I. https://bsci21.org/acceptance-and-commitment-training-and-the-scope-of-practice-of-bcbas/#comment-22378 Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:13:37 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=8553#comment-22378 Marvelous read and pivotal article. I am new to ABA, en route to become a BCBA within the next year and I hope, soon within my career, to find behavior analysis reaching a greater audience and population. ACT and FAP are two areas I am extremely interested in. We must expand our services if we are ever to indeed, save the world with behavior analysis!

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Comment on Behavior Analysis and Social Justice: Aligning Codes of Ethics? by Rose https://bsci21.org/behavior-analysis-and-social-justice-aligning-codes-of-ethics/#comment-22265 Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:24:45 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3757#comment-22265 Has there been any more discussion on this topic? I’d love to read more! BA Social Justice Warriors (BA can stand for two different acronyms)!

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Comment on Behavioral Products of the New Zealand Massacre: Prevention Strategies by Sean Taylor https://bsci21.org/behavioral-products-of-the-new-zealand-massacre-prevention-strategies/#comment-22264 Mon, 18 Mar 2019 19:41:23 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=11539#comment-22264 A reactive strategy to these mass shootings, which could act as an antecedent strategy for future mass shootings, is for media outlets to NOT publish or give attention to manifestos or give any attention to the shooter, as it appears that most of these shootings are done to support a “cause”, or to give attention to some form of injustice the shooter perceives to be occurring in our society. If we silence or take away the platform “world wide media attention” to their cause, this MAY deter these shootings from taking place.

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Comment on Profiting from Global Behavioral Systems via Foreign Exchange Markets by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/profiting-from-global-behavioral-systems-via-foreign-exchange-markets/#comment-22204 Thu, 14 Mar 2019 14:02:58 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=11468#comment-22204 That’s great to hear Kate! We love inspiring people around here 🙂

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Comment on Gender X and Deictic Relations by Erik Karff https://bsci21.org/gender-x-and-deictic-relations/#comment-22191 Wed, 13 Mar 2019 22:32:36 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=10413#comment-22191 I think that as a field it is our ethical duty to respect the dignity and culture of the client. It is not up to a clinician to impose gender upon someone who they are working with b/c that clinician may be more comfortable with the traditional gender binary, rather than the stated and self-identified gender of the client. That being said, there is biological evidence (not that there needs to be) that the gender an individual identifies as corresponds to that gender on a neurological level. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180524112351.htm – this article details some of this. Back to our ethical duty to provide services that are sensitive to the cultural needs of our clients, it is important to NOT misgender clients and, when we inevitably do (it happens) to own it. If anyone has a transgender client, learning about the cultural dynamics and bullying, and life-threatening circumstances they often endure would be crucial to providing ethical services.

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Comment on Profiting from Global Behavioral Systems via Foreign Exchange Markets by Kate Winchester https://bsci21.org/profiting-from-global-behavioral-systems-via-foreign-exchange-markets/#comment-22188 Wed, 13 Mar 2019 20:18:49 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=11468#comment-22188 LOVE this – have always loved the idea of trading and while I am fascinated i haven’t done it – bought shares and ended up holding them which has worked well but doesn’t give me the passive regular income. A friend traded currencies and did well using marginal lending to generate funds initially. He used a programme bought off the internet,then literally analysed data and trends and put in stops etc and went to bed! LOL – there is a famous guy who wrote a book on the psychology of trading and how you must stick to a plan which is so like us with our behaviour plans and trying to convince teachers to follow through despite the set backs! Anyway really enjoy seeing and reading your stuff Todd – this is inspiring me to get into trading!

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Comment on How To Improve Your Networking Skills by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/how-to-improve-your-networking-skills/#comment-22067 Fri, 08 Mar 2019 13:16:33 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=796#comment-22067 Thanks Julie!

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Comment on How To Improve Your Networking Skills by Julie Eshleman https://bsci21.org/how-to-improve-your-networking-skills/#comment-22064 Fri, 08 Mar 2019 10:18:41 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=796#comment-22064 It feels like we are entering conference season, so this is a helpful reminder of how to make connections that matter! I have heard many perspectives that value quantity of connections over quality, but the authenticity piece mentioned here is certainly missing in those interactions. This feels like a more modern explanation of how people can make business and personal connections that matter in the long run, rather than short-term ‘just to get ahead’ connections that seem to have been valued in the past. Thanks for this!

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Comment on Behavioral Science is All Around You by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/behavioral-science-is-all-around-you/#comment-21989 Mon, 04 Mar 2019 17:13:46 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=10389#comment-21989 Hi Kate, So glad you found this useful!

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Comment on Behavioral Science is All Around You by Kate Winchester https://bsci21.org/behavioral-science-is-all-around-you/#comment-21950 Fri, 01 Mar 2019 19:46:42 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=10389#comment-21950 LOVE this article – it really helped me realise that what I am struggling with when I try to relate to people is the “real” aspect – if they don’t get it they don’t get it but it doesn’t change my ability to help them solve a problem either! I am easily caught up with proving that behavioral science is real and then you get sidetracked…I am working with equestrians who are stuck in tradition and the fear of using food with horses, or parents and teachers who think they have been stripped of control with regards to not being able to punish children physically – so this has helped me enormously! I have always said to people that if you consider your philosophical stand point on training and teaching it will help you choose the appropriate course of action! thanks again Todd!

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Comment on PBIS “Positive Peer Pressure” Program Changes School Culture by Sean Taylor https://bsci21.org/pbis-positive-peer-pressure-program-changes-school-culture/#comment-21912 Wed, 27 Feb 2019 14:47:41 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=11207#comment-21912 I’ve been helping my district implement PBIS for the last 5 years and it takes a lot of work and patience in terms of making sure adults are doing what they are supposed to do and with fidelity. Once schools have bought in and shown a willingness to participate, the positive impact is clear.

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Comment on PBIS “Positive Peer Pressure” Program Changes School Culture by Kelly K McElrath https://bsci21.org/pbis-positive-peer-pressure-program-changes-school-culture/#comment-21898 Wed, 27 Feb 2019 00:29:27 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=11207#comment-21898 I have direct experience with this. You will start to see kids encourage each other or even advise one another against bad decisions.

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Comment on How Behavior Analysis Can Contribute To Gun Safety by Bree Ward https://bsci21.org/how-behavior-analysis-can-contribute-to-gun-safety/#comment-21650 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 02:00:58 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2944#comment-21650 I like your idea of creating training to ensure safety skills in using guns especially with the presence of kids. In terms of gun safety and control. It’s also best to know what kind of guns are being used to know strategies on how to manipulate them. If ever that I would be participating in this kind of training, I will make sure to check out the gun models and it’s know-how process so that I can buy the best suitable gun for me.

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Comment on How parents can facilitate ABA therapy. by umais https://bsci21.org/how-parents-can-facilitate-aba-therapy/#comment-21638 Sun, 17 Feb 2019 19:40:32 +0000 http://da8.68f.myftpupload.com/?p=6774#comment-21638 sir my child is 3.5 year old and have a mild autism W doing him occupational therapy, speech therapy and also behavior therapy but we have to required general tips about parents regarding the behavior therapy please give us any guideline or hand outs in this regard.thanks

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Comment on Mother Jones Slams “The Skinner Method” in Schools by John Eshleman https://bsci21.org/mother-jones-slams-the-skinner-method-in-schools/#comment-21632 Sat, 16 Feb 2019 15:52:37 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1282#comment-21632 “The article noted that the so-called method is a “philosophy…that bad behavior must be punished” and that “Pavlov figured it out first, with dogs.”

Yep, who can remember Pavlov ringing a bell each time a dog mis-behaved? Or Skinner & Ferster’s book, “Schedules of Punishment”? Me neither.

I see that this article popped up on FB again today 16 Feb 2019, but that it was originally published on bsci21.org back on 21 August 2015. I wonder if the author of the Mother Jones article has learned anything about any real “Skinner method” since then. Any odds-takers?

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Comment on U.S. Dept. of Education: ABA Not Enough for Autism Treatment. by Jackie https://bsci21.org/u-s-dept-of-education-aba-not-enough-for-autism-treatment/#comment-21318 Sat, 09 Feb 2019 18:37:29 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1381#comment-21318 I would love to know where you are located where students have received education informed only by ABA? In most states and areas, if lucky, a BCBA will be in the district for consult…possibly some minimal amount of time is allotted for ‘ABA-based instruction’. But if so, it is typically minimal due to resources of schools. I have never seen a public school who has taught students with only ABA-based solutions.
Also, one of the major principles of ABA is that it is individualized, so there should be no g ‘cookie-cutter’ about it.
I agree that a multi-disciplinary team is best to meet all needs of a student, and I think many BCBAs would also.
It seems based on your post, that you have had a negative experience with ABA practitioners in the past? As others have posted, ABA is the application of the science of behavior. We look at an individual, what skills are most significant for them to be taught to enhance their life, and develop an individualized plan to meet their needs. This perspective, and scientific-method should be welcomed on any student’s team. I have found that our biggest asset and contribution to education is our passion for student learning, ensuring that progress isn’t stagnant, and that students are treated with dignity.
I’m sorry if you haven’t had this experience.

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Comment on Parents Treat Disabilities with Marijuana by Lauren https://bsci21.org/parents-treat-disabilities-with-marijuana/#comment-21306 Fri, 08 Feb 2019 23:37:08 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1391#comment-21306 For parents who are desperately trying to get ABA for their child (we are going on 18 months of trying to access ABA from an outside provider). Being the 24/7 behavior analyst for your child because there is nothing you can access can easily open you up to ‘alternative’ options such as medical marijuana.

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Comment on All I really need to know… I learned as a Behavior Technician by Michael Lee https://bsci21.org/all-i-really-need-to-know-i-learned-as-a-behavior-technician/#comment-21220 Tue, 05 Feb 2019 14:42:33 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5818#comment-21220 One thing that really struck me from your article is when you said that behavior is communication. I totally agree, every time we behave a way, it is to communicate something. I think that listing to someone’s behavior when providing behavior intervention therapist services is very important.

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Comment on ACT Artfully Evaluation by agatakdudzik https://bsci21.org/quizzes/act-artfully-evaluation/#comment-20981 Mon, 28 Jan 2019 00:44:32 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?post_type=sfwd-quiz&p=9164#comment-20981 this was a great intro to ACT. i look forward to doing more research and learning more in the future.

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Comment on Entrepreneurial Hustle:  5 Tips for Starting (and Running) a Business in ABA Therapy by Liat https://bsci21.org/entrepreneurial-hustle-5-tips-for-starting-and-running-a-business-in-aba-therapy/#comment-20965 Fri, 25 Jan 2019 03:53:40 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3728#comment-20965 Great article thanks so much for sharing!!

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Comment on Knowing what’s under your control as a BCBA by Jensen https://bsci21.org/knowing-whats-under-your-control-as-a-bcba/#comment-20932 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 00:48:06 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=10317#comment-20932 If you are not making progress with your client consider stepping asside. The client/family might respond better with another provider. You may have some bias you are not aware of. The client/family may be picking up on that.

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Comment on The Government Shutdown: A real-life reversal design. by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/the-government-shutdown-a-real-life-reversal-design/#comment-20758 Mon, 21 Jan 2019 23:55:04 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=10642#comment-20758 Thanks for sharing Lisa!

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Comment on The Government Shutdown: A real-life reversal design. by Lisa Watson https://bsci21.org/the-government-shutdown-a-real-life-reversal-design/#comment-20686 Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:00:50 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=10642#comment-20686 As a surviving spouse of a USCG member, my family will not receive my late spouse’s annuity (like retirement) which is half our income. Thankfully I have a wonderful job as a BCBA but many of my dear fiends who are married to active duty Coast Guard members do not have employment. As we share our ideas for making the income we have work I’m hearing similar realizations- we need to rethink how we attain fun, activities…reinforcement. I believe the longer term impact will be a reduction in spending. Those affected currently will stop getting their nails done, eating out will be rare, extras at the grocery store will stop. The memory of this stress will linger for a long time. Hopefully those affected will pay down debts and save which could be a benefit. I don’t know that we will see a true reversal design because I don’t believe condition A will be the same.

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Comment on Financial Trading for Behavioral Scientists by Saskia Soliz https://bsci21.org/financial-trading-for-behavioral-scientists/#comment-20030 Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:28:11 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=10383#comment-20030 ]]> I was just speaking with a fellow BA not too long ago about trading and behavior analysis, so it was great receiving this article in my inbox! Bullish Bears is another amazing resource for those interested 🙂

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Comment on Marketing with RFT, Art, and Music by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/lessons/marketing-with-rft-art-and-music/#comment-19993 Sat, 12 Jan 2019 21:25:59 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?post_type=sfwd-lessons&p=7751#comment-19993 Thank you so much!

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Comment on Marketing with RFT, Art, and Music by marlene.sotelo https://bsci21.org/lessons/marketing-with-rft-art-and-music/#comment-19992 Sat, 12 Jan 2019 20:10:49 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?post_type=sfwd-lessons&p=7751#comment-19992 Thanks for this interesting topic and well delivered webinar.

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Comment on The Seven Deadly Sins of Behavior Analysts by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/the-seven-deadly-sins-of-behavior-analysts/#comment-19988 Sat, 12 Jan 2019 01:41:57 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4072#comment-19988 You’re welcome, and good luck in your program!

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Comment on The Seven Deadly Sins of Behavior Analysts by Vicky https://bsci21.org/the-seven-deadly-sins-of-behavior-analysts/#comment-19987 Fri, 11 Jan 2019 20:00:04 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4072#comment-19987 Thank you for this article. I am a new student going into the world of ABA and all tips are helpful.

Thank you

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Comment on Gender X and Deictic Relations by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/gender-x-and-deictic-relations/#comment-19582 Wed, 09 Jan 2019 16:20:47 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=10413#comment-19582 Thanks for the clarification! How we talk about ourselves is directly observed behavior and thus not a hypothetical construct in that sense. Functional Analytic Psychotherapy does a particularly good job at tracking language as behavior. From our perspective, we don’t need to take language as a way to infer about unobservable/hypothetical states, we just take it as behavior.

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Comment on Gender X and Deictic Relations by J https://bsci21.org/gender-x-and-deictic-relations/#comment-19581 Wed, 09 Jan 2019 16:06:42 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=10413#comment-19581 I was conceptualizing gender as a hypothetical construct i.e. a variable not directly observed, difficult to measure and based off self-report. It may be true that our identity does not have a physical basis as you propose in the article but our identity and our beliefs, for that matter, can be measured best by our behavior rather than by who or what we choose to label ourselves. I was unaware that our gender was even listed on our birth certificate before this article.

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Comment on When school suspension reinforces maladaptive behavior. by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/when-school-suspension-reinforces-maladaptive-behavior/#comment-19580 Wed, 09 Jan 2019 14:18:23 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6023#comment-19580 Thanks for sharing your experiences Juliana!

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Comment on When school suspension reinforces maladaptive behavior. by Juliana Schulte https://bsci21.org/when-school-suspension-reinforces-maladaptive-behavior/#comment-19575 Wed, 09 Jan 2019 04:44:57 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6023#comment-19575 I taught special education for 35 years from pre-K up through high school. I totally agree with this. I would add that if the ISS was given to a special needs student that depending on severity of disability, should be with a special ed. teacher who would know how to work with student to change given behavior. I mainly taught students with Learning Disabilities at the high school level, some with their own behavior issues. One in particular came into my school as a sophomore after serving time for accessory to murder! He turned out to be more polite than other students but still had some problems with authority figures. He mouthed off at principle, who was an arrogant anti-special Ed. administrator and expelled him. The young man stood across the street off school property for a week staring at the school. The sped. director said there was nothing he could do. I felt like he just wanted to have job security. I rocked the boat on this as well as other issues in our dept. and was forced to leave. I still think about that student and hope that he was able to stay on the straight and narrow and be productive and happy in his life. With the way the family unit as well as society has changed in the past 50 years, the concept of ISS over OSS should be applied to all students really. If we’re truly in it for the students, we should be working to help them be successful. We can pay now or pay later.

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Comment on 5 things Behavior Analysts should know about Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/5-things-behavior-analysts-should-know-about-organizational-behavior-management-obm/#comment-19563 Tue, 08 Jan 2019 22:15:07 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3255#comment-19563 Thanks Jeff! We have taken down that line for now as we can’t seem to locate the reference in question.

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Comment on Gender X and Deictic Relations by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/gender-x-and-deictic-relations/#comment-19529 Tue, 08 Jan 2019 16:50:38 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=10413#comment-19529 Thanks Josh! There were no hypothetical constructs in this article.

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Comment on Gender X and Deictic Relations by J https://bsci21.org/gender-x-and-deictic-relations/#comment-19517 Tue, 08 Jan 2019 15:05:44 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=10413#comment-19517 The idea that we can choose our gender and change it on any given day seems odd from a legal standpoint not to mention how confusing this must be for children. I think it is important that as a field we defer to biology and the natural sciences rather than hypothetical constructs and nonscientific language for determining gender. Here is a list of some of these gender pronouns: xe, xem, xyr, xyrs, xemself, ve, ver, vis, verself, ze/zie, zim, zie, zis, zieself, sie, hir, hirs, hirself, tey, ter, tem, ters, e, em, eir, eirs, emself. What makes this socially significant is that a bill was recently passed in Canada stating it is now a hate crime to not refer to an individual by their chosen gender pronoun. I have compassion for the LGBT community and equal rights for all individuals but there is no precedent for compelled speech in english common law and we should think twice before adopting some of these pronouns.

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Comment on 5 things Behavior Analysts should know about Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) by Jeffrey Oliver https://bsci21.org/5-things-behavior-analysts-should-know-about-organizational-behavior-management-obm/#comment-19397 Fri, 04 Jan 2019 17:50:26 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3255#comment-19397 Hi Dan,

It appears that the link you sent to the Therrien and Rodriguez article isn’t working. I took me to a 404 page on the OBM Network site. Do you have another link for this article?

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Comment on Nudge Management and OBM for Productive and Innovative Employees by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/courses/nudge-management-and-obm-for-productive-and-innovative-employees/#comment-19393 Fri, 04 Jan 2019 17:01:32 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?post_type=sfwd-courses&p=6348#comment-19393 Thanks so much! Unfortunately, at this time, this is not linked to the supervision task list.

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Comment on Nudge Management and OBM for Productive and Innovative Employees by meganyt https://bsci21.org/courses/nudge-management-and-obm-for-productive-and-innovative-employees/#comment-19390 Fri, 04 Jan 2019 01:36:37 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?post_type=sfwd-courses&p=6348#comment-19390 Great CEU! Will definitely recommend to others and have already discussed with others!

Would this CEU fall under the “Supervision” CEU for the BACB recertification requirements?

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Comment on Behavioral Science is All Around You by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/behavioral-science-is-all-around-you/#comment-19314 Mon, 31 Dec 2018 22:15:07 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=10389#comment-19314 Hi Imad, interesting thoughts! Functional Contextualism wasn’t made for therapy, though it is useful there, it was created decades ago. The point is that it doesn’t matter if your basement is really flooding or not, what matters is that behavior changes to fit your goals. No one can ever say if your basement flooding is “real” or not. Same with global warming. It doesn’t really matter if it is “real” or not, what matters is if behavior changes to meet pragmatic goals.

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Comment on Behavioral Science is All Around You by Imad https://bsci21.org/behavioral-science-is-all-around-you/#comment-19313 Mon, 31 Dec 2018 20:49:06 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=10389#comment-19313 Can you elaborate on global warming comment? This seems like a weird thing to say, considering whether global warming is real or not will help us decide what actions to take.

For example, my basement could be or not be flooded. The reality of that situation will help determine if I take appropriate actions to remediate the flood or not.

This seems to be to be taking FC too far out of the therapy room.

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Comment on This simple game reduces disruptive classroom behavior significantly. by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/this-simple-game-reduces-disruptive-classroom-behavior-significantly/#comment-19196 Mon, 24 Dec 2018 17:19:26 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1187#comment-19196 Excellent question! This is an issue of form vs function. It is important to always monitor how what you are doing is actually functioning with respect to the behavior you are trying to change. For example, many parents or teachers might think saying “no!” might serve to reduce the behavior of concern, when it might actually make the behavior occur more frequently in the future.

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Comment on This simple game reduces disruptive classroom behavior significantly. by ACV https://bsci21.org/this-simple-game-reduces-disruptive-classroom-behavior-significantly/#comment-19174 Sun, 23 Dec 2018 05:15:52 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1187#comment-19174 One thing I’ve wondered… for teachers who tend to attend more to problem behavior than expected behavior, does providing hashmarks for problem behavior ever result in more problem behavior? I wonder if this ever becomes differential reinforcement of problem behavior?

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Comment on U.S. Dept. of Education: ABA Not Enough for Autism Treatment. by Stacey https://bsci21.org/u-s-dept-of-education-aba-not-enough-for-autism-treatment/#comment-19169 Sat, 22 Dec 2018 15:51:23 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1381#comment-19169 Yes yes yes, so much this!!! We need to be in the schools!

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Comment on Square Peg in a Round Hole – Special Education Teacher Evaluation Systems by Cheryl Young-Pelton BCBA-D https://bsci21.org/square-peg-in-a-round-hole-special-education-teacher-evaluation-systems/#comment-18908 Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:45:07 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2170#comment-18908 Thank you for reporting on this important and timely topic!

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Comment on Scientists Transplant Memories: Implications for Behavior Analysis by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/scientists-transplant-memories-implications-for-behavior-analysis/#comment-18845 Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:09:45 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=7573#comment-18845 Thanks Andrew! Yes but they don’t know behavior analysis, which is where we pick up the conversation.

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Comment on Scientists Transplant Memories: Implications for Behavior Analysis by Andrew Evans https://bsci21.org/scientists-transplant-memories-implications-for-behavior-analysis/#comment-18843 Wed, 05 Dec 2018 23:30:10 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=7573#comment-18843 Dr. Ward, don’t get too excited. This is just epigenetics. The researchers seemingly only proved that they were able to transfer a methyl tag in RNA from one Aplysia to another Aplysia. The question is: Were all Aplysia from the same generation?

It’s a sensitization training. Epigenetics have already discussed the transfer of methyl tags from generation to generation. A mother may transfer to her kids a trait that will allow the kids to be more hypersensitive. Of course, I’m not talking technical terms, but epigenetics have already discussed this.

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Comment on Considering Reinforcement from a Different Angle by Tuyet https://bsci21.org/considering-reinforcement-from-a-different-angle/#comment-17487 Mon, 29 Oct 2018 16:59:24 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4477#comment-17487 Hi Shelley!

One of your previous students from UWO here. I canlme across this article recently on Facebook. You article was so wonderful to read and I agree with your points that we have to look at the whole picture! I would be interested in what your solution was to your initial problem with implementation. Thanks for providing some perspective!

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Comment on ABA is not a prescription for Autism. by Brigitte https://bsci21.org/aba-is-not-a-prescription-for-autism/#comment-17359 Thu, 25 Oct 2018 16:15:59 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2653#comment-17359 If only insurance companies saw it the same way. I knew my kiddo needed ABA but without the DX it wouldn’t have been obtainable.

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Comment on The High Cost of Stress in the ABA Workplace by Angela Broff https://bsci21.org/the-high-cost-of-stress-in-the-aba-workplace/#comment-17187 Sun, 14 Oct 2018 10:25:45 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3178#comment-17187 I know this is from quite some time ago but any further discussion on this. As a business owner I am working my way through this now (transparency to staff, realistic expectations on all fronts, what costs of doing business ethically and legally really are, etc.) and doing some research. Would love to collaborate with others or read additional thoughts that anyone has found helpful.

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Comment on Boosting Fuel Economy with Behavior Analysis by Brian Jadro https://bsci21.org/boosting-fuel-economy-with-behavior-analysis/#comment-17069 Tue, 09 Oct 2018 15:26:14 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=9345#comment-17069 Thanks for taking the time to review my preliminary study. The results were promising for 2 of the 3 participants. Further investigation into these type of OBD2 plug-in devices is necessary if we are interested in shaping more fuel efficient driving behaviors. If anyone is interested in extending or replicating this study and would like to borrow the devices, I’d be happy to loan them out. Feel free to email me at [email protected] with any question. Thanks!

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Comment on Is the BCBA credential relevant to Organizational Behavior Management? by Scott Herbst https://bsci21.org/is-the-bcba-credential-relevant-to-organizational-behavior-management/#comment-16997 Thu, 04 Oct 2018 18:26:03 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=9093#comment-16997 Good article. I am finally, after years, sitting for the BCBA this fall. Not so much because it will help me do better work, but because then I can supervise students who are interested in learning OBM. If you’re a consultant interested in training other consultants, I think this makes it worth it. It does to me, anyway.

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Comment on How Grief Teaches Us Acceptance & Commitment Therapy by Kelly Dekker https://bsci21.org/how-grief-teaches-us-acceptance-commitment-therapy/#comment-16607 Wed, 03 Oct 2018 07:45:06 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=8676#comment-16607 Thank you for this Jacob, really insightful!

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Comment on ABA Entrepreneur Series: 4 Tips for a Sole Proprietorship by Mary Ann https://bsci21.org/aba-entrepreneur-series-4-tips-for-a-sole-proprietorship/#comment-15862 Fri, 07 Sep 2018 19:25:16 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1680#comment-15862 Thanks, Todd and Michelle, for the helpful information from different perspectives!

Mary Ann
Colorado

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Comment on Three Common Myths of ABA by Marine https://bsci21.org/three-common-myths-of-aba/#comment-15801 Tue, 04 Sep 2018 22:49:09 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2049#comment-15801 Great information! More people need to read it!

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Comment on ABA Improves Vechicle Maintenance by Cynthia https://bsci21.org/aba-improves-vechicle-maintenance/#comment-15675 Thu, 30 Aug 2018 12:09:50 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=8967#comment-15675 I am not sure I see this study as “socially significant.”

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Comment on Marketing with RFT, Art, and Music Evaluation by Denise Kerth https://bsci21.org/quizzes/marketing-with-rft-art-and-music-evaluation/#comment-15608 Sun, 26 Aug 2018 18:22:27 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?post_type=sfwd-quiz&p=7749#comment-15608 thank you

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Comment on 8 New Career Paths for BCBAs by Max E Tice https://bsci21.org/8-new-career-paths-for-bcbas/#comment-15494 Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:20:00 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1874#comment-15494 I completely agree with the comment that we have narrowed our field for far too long. People tend to think of us more as the Autism people. Behavior Analysts tend to follow the money trail. Right now, that is the area that pays. Yet, other areas will pay very well once we prove what we can do in a variety of realms.

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Comment on ABA Entrepreneur Series: 4 Tips for a Sole Proprietorship by How to Start an ABA Clinic and Therapy Practice | WebABA Blog https://bsci21.org/aba-entrepreneur-series-4-tips-for-a-sole-proprietorship/#comment-15432 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 19:40:11 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1680#comment-15432 […] Assuming you have all the proper professional licensing you will need to start an ABA practice, the first step will be to decide how your business will be set up. You can develop your business as a sole proprietorship, which does make you liable for any lawsuits and debt, or you can establish an LLC or corporation. You should discuss the pros and cons of each type with an account to determine the best option for you. BSCI21.org has an interesting article on the benefits of developing your ABA practice as a sole prop…. […]

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Comment on Evaluation for Leveling up Behavior Analysis with Gamification by racheljdove https://bsci21.org/quizzes/leveling-up-behavior-analysis-with-gamification-evaluation/#comment-15421 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:11:55 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?post_type=sfwd-quiz&p=8095#comment-15421 Great talk! Lots of information about a very interesting topic.

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Comment on What’s wrong with daily life in the western world? by matthendley1975 https://bsci21.org/lessons/whats-wrong-with-daily-life-in-the-western-world/#comment-15416 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:09:39 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?post_type=sfwd-lessons&p=6043#comment-15416 Great discussion.

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Comment on Finding our Roots & Unifying the Science of Behavior: An interview with Dr. Emily K. Sandoz by kthomasva https://bsci21.org/quizzes/finding-our-roots-unifying-the-science-of-behavior-an-interview-with-dr-emily-k-sandoz/#comment-15415 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:44:48 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?post_type=sfwd-quiz&p=8068#comment-15415 While I found this interesting, it’s way behind my scope of practice at this point!

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Comment on How parents can facilitate ABA therapy. by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/how-parents-can-facilitate-aba-therapy/#comment-15378 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 20:11:41 +0000 http://da8.68f.myftpupload.com/?p=6774#comment-15378 Hi Farhan,

We would recommend using the BACB’s searchable database to find a Board Certified Behavior Analyst near you. You can find the database at https://www.bacb.com/find-a-certificant/

Good Luck!

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Comment on How parents can facilitate ABA therapy. by Farhan https://bsci21.org/how-parents-can-facilitate-aba-therapy/#comment-15372 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 02:55:46 +0000 http://da8.68f.myftpupload.com/?p=6774#comment-15372 Looking for aba for 10 year old non verbal

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Comment on Billing from the BCBA’s Perspective by Ms. Malone https://bsci21.org/billing-from-the-bcbas-perspective/#comment-15320 Sat, 11 Aug 2018 17:34:07 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3985#comment-15320 In the near future I plan to become a BCBA and obtain a PhD in counseling psychology. (Currently, I have a masters degree in counseling psychology.) Are insurance rates between BCBAs and licensed psychologists similar or different? How are the rates similar or different, and where would I find insurance rates for BCBAs and licensed counseling psychologists?

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Comment on Three things you can do instead of accepting gifts from clients by Chauncey https://bsci21.org/three-things-you-can-do-instead-of-accepting-gifts-from-clients/#comment-15243 Thu, 09 Aug 2018 15:58:21 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4485#comment-15243 Fred, very thoughtful response.
As a clinical behavior analyst (FAP, ACT, DBT), paying attention to interpersonal dynamics is central, and we see that the therapist’s relationship with the client is a “real relationship” that is in some ways constrained by the commitment to be therapeutic for the client and to not exploit in any way. I feel certain that to have rejected gifts (again, the issue of just what is a gift and what might be considered “appropriate and acceptable”) from my long-standing (5 plus years) most severe depressive/suicidal &/or borderline clients would be a severe setback or would break the relationship. I have had a weeks long crisis after gently interrupting a client almost 10 minutes after session ending time to ask that we end the session. I would gladly have accepted the “gift” of ending on time without conflict.

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Comment on Live Event: Leveling Up Behavior Analysis with Gamification by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/shop/ceus/live-event/live-event-leveling-up-behavior-analysis-with-gamification/#comment-15153 Thu, 02 Aug 2018 19:01:16 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?post_type=product&p=8077#comment-15153 Hi Chris,

If the quality of the recording is good then yes!

Todd

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Comment on Live Event: Leveling Up Behavior Analysis with Gamification by Chris P https://bsci21.org/shop/ceus/live-event/live-event-leveling-up-behavior-analysis-with-gamification/#comment-15127 Thu, 02 Aug 2018 15:17:39 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?post_type=product&p=8077#comment-15127 Will this live presentation be uploaded at a later time for those who can’t watch during the original time?

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Comment on Behavior Analysts Battle Fake News by Karola Dillenburger https://bsci21.org/behavior-analysts-battle-fake-news/#comment-15126 Thu, 02 Aug 2018 15:12:23 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=8667#comment-15126 Thanks Todd,
Great to see the fight against Fake News taking up by behaviour analysts.
We too published a paper on fighting Fake News. You can check it out here.
http://www.mdpi.com/2075-4698/8/2/29/xml

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Comment on Evaluation by penny.schenkkan https://bsci21.org/quizzes/evaluation/#comment-15077 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 18:15:38 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?post_type=sfwd-quiz&p=8369#comment-15077 Liked this a lot. Would love the values-based questions for interviews as a resource.

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Comment on Evaluation by bea.urcuyo https://bsci21.org/quizzes/evaluation/#comment-15037 Fri, 27 Jul 2018 20:01:12 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?post_type=sfwd-quiz&p=8369#comment-15037 reallly enjoyed this video, gave me a whole different perspective on new things to think about to work wiht my staff.

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Comment on Acceptance and Commitment Training and the Scope of Practice of BCBAs by Brianna Z. Kauer https://bsci21.org/acceptance-and-commitment-training-and-the-scope-of-practice-of-bcbas/#comment-15001 Thu, 26 Jul 2018 18:48:12 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=8553#comment-15001 I love this article. “Private behaviors are not causes of public behaviors; they are simply more behaviors to be understood. And like public behaviors, they can participate in complex behavior – environment interactions.”
So true! It’s exciting to see how ACT relates to ABA and how it may propel our field into broader applications. Thank you.

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Comment on Acceptance and Commitment Training and the Scope of Practice of BCBAs by Mike T. https://bsci21.org/acceptance-and-commitment-training-and-the-scope-of-practice-of-bcbas/#comment-14921 Mon, 23 Jul 2018 16:54:14 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=8553#comment-14921 Excellent article, well said and well done.

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Comment on Acceptance and Commitment Training and the Scope of Practice of BCBAs by Robert Stromer https://bsci21.org/acceptance-and-commitment-training-and-the-scope-of-practice-of-bcbas/#comment-14906 Sat, 21 Jul 2018 18:37:27 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=8553#comment-14906 My thanks to the authors for sharing their ideas. As a brief follow-up, I suggest assisting the reader who might want to learn about the six repertoires involved. Mentioning the six processes/repertoire involved and a few of your favorite summary articles might suffice.

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Comment on Acceptance and Commitment Training and the Scope of Practice of BCBAs by Nancy https://bsci21.org/acceptance-and-commitment-training-and-the-scope-of-practice-of-bcbas/#comment-14905 Sat, 21 Jul 2018 17:27:21 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=8553#comment-14905 Love this. Thank you. The right side of the diagram are all Skills Training and Behavior Analysts ARE Skills Trainers. I am not sure where the tiered service delivery model falls in all of this, or more specifically, how to talk about it or if it matters. Thanks again

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Comment on Acceptance and Commitment Training and the Scope of Practice of BCBAs by Joseph Cautilli, Ph.D. https://bsci21.org/acceptance-and-commitment-training-and-the-scope-of-practice-of-bcbas/#comment-14900 Sat, 21 Jul 2018 15:33:50 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=8553#comment-14900 They are recreating the wheel. Way back in 2006, when we first launched licensing efforts on the abapractice yahoo group and the behavior analysis and public policy group on yahoo. We created and posted a model licensing bill that had a scope of practice, which incorporated ACT, FAP, Behavioral Activation, Community Reinforcement Approach to addictions, operant based biofeedback, traditional behavior therapy, etc. Also, you seem to confuse scope of practice with scope of competence. Scope of practice deals with what anyone in the field can do (i.e., the fields range), while scope of competence deals with the particular therapist can do. Even if something is in the field’s scope of practice, the licensing board on question needs to find out if it is in your particular scope of competence. For the model licensing act, I suggest you search the group’s archives.

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Comment on Top 5 Ways to Ruin Your Reputation as an Ethical Leader by Mary https://bsci21.org/top-5-ways-to-ruin-your-reputation-as-an-ethical-leader/#comment-14899 Sat, 21 Jul 2018 08:19:31 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5074#comment-14899 I couldn’t agree more with you. Thank you for this wonderful key information. I believe managers or supervisors are a leader of the organization. But I’ve learned many don’t understand what it takes to lead rather than just be a “boss”.

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Comment on How To Get Your Client To Listen To You by Danielle https://bsci21.org/how-to-get-your-client-to-listen-to-you/#comment-14890 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 20:56:14 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2508#comment-14890 I have a client that wants absolutely nothing to do with me. No matter what I have, no matter what I do, if I adjust myself to him, he runs from me even more. This client is so resistant to me and it has been this way since I first stepped foot into their home. Because I have analyzed and thought about what I can do, and I cannot think of anything. Has anyone ever experienced this? And if so, how do you stop it? My client just walks around their room repeating things that their parents have said to them. What can I do to break this chain?

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Comment on The Top 4 Insurance Policies for ABA Providers by TM https://bsci21.org/the-top-4-insurance-policies-for-aba-providers/#comment-14857 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 02:53:19 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5222#comment-14857 would you recommend that supervisors providing group and individual supervision obtain professional liability insurance? Thank you!

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Comment on Trump, Putin, and Relational Frame Theory by Martin Ivancic https://bsci21.org/trump-putin-and-relational-frame-theory/#comment-14753 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:31:08 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=8443#comment-14753 Correct. Many people assume a hierarchical frame that includes others for our President– POTUS. Interestingly, our President’s hierarchical frame of the Presidency appears to include only himself and maintaining the power he has stumbled into. If you view him as owing Russia money or getting loans for laundered money, this all makes more sense. He is interested in success for himself, but probably not for anyone else. It is even more interesting to me that when he is called on his main purpose, he simply lies (5-7 a day). It worked for him in business, and so far it appears to be working in government. He’s not going to change his plan. We need another election.

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Comment on Trump, Putin, and Relational Frame Theory by Corrine Donley https://bsci21.org/trump-putin-and-relational-frame-theory/#comment-14744 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:48:50 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=8443#comment-14744 When reinforcement only comes from the self, one can say anything.

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Comment on Trump, Putin, and Relational Frame Theory by Ira Adams https://bsci21.org/trump-putin-and-relational-frame-theory/#comment-14743 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:19:42 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=8443#comment-14743 Can anyone act in a “presidential role” who has no idea of what it means to be a president?

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Comment on Trump, Putin, and Relational Frame Theory by Michael https://bsci21.org/trump-putin-and-relational-frame-theory/#comment-14742 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:10:27 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=8443#comment-14742 Spot-on analysis. Nicely done.

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Comment on Quiz: Functional Analytic Psychotherapy by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/quizzes/quiz-fap/#comment-14725 Mon, 16 Jul 2018 21:58:58 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?post_type=sfwd-quiz&p=4716#comment-14725 Hi Erin,

I’m not sure the exact count but Functional Analytic Psychotherapy has spread worldwide. Seattle and Washington University is the central point from which it spread. Mavis Tsai and Bob Kohlenberg (the founders) have led efforts to spread it as a community intervention. As with behavior analysis, no certification is really ‘required’ to use behavioral principles in life or in social relationships.

Should you want to learn FAP skills, we offer private consultation for development in partnership with ENSO Group. You can email Angela Cathey, MA ([email protected] or [email protected]) for more information on our consultation packages and other CEs that might fit your interests.

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Comment on Quiz: Functional Analytic Psychotherapy by Erincostigan08 https://bsci21.org/quizzes/quiz-fap/#comment-14692 Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:38:35 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?post_type=sfwd-quiz&p=4716#comment-14692 I would love to see FAP in action. How many practitioners are currently using FAP and what type of certification does it require?

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Comment on Disseminating Your Company’s Culture through Social Media by Crystal Germscheid https://bsci21.org/disseminating-your-companys-culture-through-social-media/#comment-14658 Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:52:49 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=8297#comment-14658 Great video and article! Brett DiNovi and Associates does an excellent job of disseminating information of value. Instead of pumping out poor quality videos and articles to reach high quantities of posts, they take the time and care to ensure what is posted aligns with their company values while achieving impressive social media presence. They have found the perfect social media formula.

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Comment on Using OBM to Maintain Compliance to Clinical Documentation & Prevent Thousands of Dollars in Lost Revenue by Paula DeGarmo Sorica https://bsci21.org/using-obm-to-maintain-compliance-to-clinical-documentation-prevent-thousands-of-dollars-in-lost-revenue/#comment-14652 Sat, 14 Jul 2018 14:42:14 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4192#comment-14652 This is what I’ve been struggling to relay and create within the organizations I’ve worked for. Very well done. I hope that this will be a model for all to follow. I’d love to see the article when it is published so that I may refer to it when I’m explaining the system.

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Comment on Using OBM to Maintain Compliance to Clinical Documentation & Prevent Thousands of Dollars in Lost Revenue by Amanda Barnett https://bsci21.org/using-obm-to-maintain-compliance-to-clinical-documentation-prevent-thousands-of-dollars-in-lost-revenue/#comment-14651 Sat, 14 Jul 2018 13:05:10 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4192#comment-14651 I love this!!!

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Comment on Quiz: Functional Analytic Psychotherapy by Debra Kircher https://bsci21.org/quizzes/quiz-fap/#comment-14604 Thu, 12 Jul 2018 23:30:11 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?post_type=sfwd-quiz&p=4716#comment-14604 I would like to get recommendations on FAP training locations. I am very interested in gaining this training.
Thank you!

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Comment on The role of behavioral science in the Thai cave rescue. by Karen A Dealy https://bsci21.org/the-role-of-behavioral-science-in-the-thai-cave-rescue/#comment-14488 Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:57:00 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=8272#comment-14488 Kara – The coach was doing exactly that. Before becoming the football coach, he had been training to become a Buddhist monk, and he is being credited with keeping the children calm (and, possibly, keeping them alive) by using meditation practices with t hem during their 18 (!!!) days in the cave.
The below text is copied from the following article:
https://www.vox.com/2018/7/9/17548512/thai-cave-rescue-soccer-boys-meditation-buddhism

“‘Look at how calm they were sitting there waiting. No one was crying or anything. It was astonishing,’ the mother of one of the boys told the AP, referring to a widely shared video of the moment the boys were found.

Turns out that their coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, who led them on a hike into the cave when it flooded on June 23, trained in meditation as a Buddhist monk for a decade before becoming a soccer coach. According to multiple news sources, he taught the boys, ages 11 to 16, to meditate in the cave to keep them calm and preserve their energy through their two-week ordeal.”

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Comment on The role of behavioral science in the Thai cave rescue. by Richard McManus https://bsci21.org/the-role-of-behavioral-science-in-the-thai-cave-rescue/#comment-14381 Sat, 07 Jul 2018 13:19:57 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=8272#comment-14381 NUT! Karen nailed everything I wanted to say!
I am left with only one item, which is I would favor TAGteaching the young learners. That might be sufficiently positive to build their swimming and breath holding skills while also reassuring them. Right now they need reinforcement more than task analysis, and building up their willingness to TRY is going to be very important. TAG is already a highly successful approach to teaching complex skills such as surgery, professional level sports, and competitive dance–along with more basic skills.

But there’s no doubt. For whatever reason the coach ignored multiple warning signs. Maybe they could have been more assertively written or better highlighted, but the coach should never have brought his team to this potential tragedy. It seems all too likely that multiple children will be lost without incredibly creative training and resource distribution. I foresee a line linking the children, SCUBA tanks and places where additional tanks are located along the way. But the darkness, the rising waters, and the very dangerous conditions are all a severe challenge.

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Comment on The role of behavioral science in the Thai cave rescue. by Kara https://bsci21.org/the-role-of-behavioral-science-in-the-thai-cave-rescue/#comment-14380 Sat, 07 Jul 2018 12:25:28 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=8272#comment-14380 The we’re trapped for 10+ days without food, plenty of time for their coach to model and teach mindfulness in order to prevent panic.

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Comment on The role of behavioral science in the Thai cave rescue. by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/the-role-of-behavioral-science-in-the-thai-cave-rescue/#comment-14360 Fri, 06 Jul 2018 22:46:39 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=8272#comment-14360 Great! Thanks for reading. 🙂

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Comment on The role of behavioral science in the Thai cave rescue. by Karen A Dealy https://bsci21.org/the-role-of-behavioral-science-in-the-thai-cave-rescue/#comment-14359 Fri, 06 Jul 2018 21:45:12 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=8272#comment-14359 With all due respect, there are posted signs warning of the dangers of entering the caves. The danger was understood by those entering.
I disagree that cave systems should be closed off to people, or that anyone entering should be fined. Caves are part of our geography, and should not be restricted. I do agree that the signs must be present to make the dangers known, but there must also be a level of accountability for anyone who is entering: the risk is understood and accepted.

A modified/informal process which mirrors BST was used by the rescue divers, very effectively, when they were learning to dive. However, there are not suitable conditions, resources, or time for the rescuers to now implement these procedures during the process of teaching those who are trapped. The soccer team will not be learning to dive; they will only be learning how to breathe underwater and not panic while they are being moved along through the cave.
Which leads me to….

I do agree that meditation, mindfulness, and defusion techniques would be incredibly helpful for those who are trapped (as well as the rescuers themselves) to have in their repertoire, especially during the process of moving the boys out. However, don’t you think that these would need to have been learned, rehearsed, and mastered before being placed into this situation?
They are desperately pressed for time now, trying to prepare the boys to be taken out; they can’t delay the process any further by spending time teaching these mindfulness techniques. Other very real threats to their survival (e.g. drowning and suffocating) are more pressing concerns.

This is just my two cents. I’ve been thinking about this too much for the past week. :-/

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Comment on Behavioral Science and Art: A Manifesto by Behavioral Science and Art: Primal Musical Expression in a Rule-Governed Society | Behavioral Science in the 21st Century https://bsci21.org/behavioral-science-and-art-a-manifesto/#comment-14070 Mon, 02 Jul 2018 18:35:35 +0000 http://bsci21.org/?p=7472#comment-14070 […] Behavioral Science and Art: A Manifesto […]

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Comment on Are all BCBAs robots, or just mine? by Cynthia White https://bsci21.org/are-all-bcbas-robots-or-just-mine/#comment-13801 Wed, 27 Jun 2018 15:03:52 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3072#comment-13801 Excellent!

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Comment on Are all BCBAs robots, or just mine? by Katya https://bsci21.org/are-all-bcbas-robots-or-just-mine/#comment-13767 Sun, 24 Jun 2018 07:14:29 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3072#comment-13767 I enjoyed reading your article and you make some really interesting points. As an ABA tutor who has worked in this field for 20 years now and still love, love, love what I do I have had the privilege of working with some amazing BCBAs over the years , of
course back in the day they weren’t called BCBAs, and in some respects that credential has enabled some less experienced folk to take on a position that maybe they aren’t quite ready for. That said, my experience of the consultants I have and am working with is mixed, the majority being a great balance of professionalism with presenting themselves as personable and caring human beings, it’s a tough call I can see that and many balance that so well. I have met a couple of consultants over the years however that clearly struggle with that balance and don’t interact much with the child, appear stand-off ish with the parents, sit with a laptop just writing notes and don’t get on the floor to demonstrate when needed. It’s so important for BCBAs to SHOW what they know by getting on the floor with the child and modelling to new tutors and family members how to teach, reinforce etc. Equally important is to show how to behave with the child when things don’t quite go to plan, I think maybe some BCBAs prefer not to run the risk of that happening in a meeting and appearing that they haven’t got a grip on the situation (only some!). I love learning from consultants at meetings, there’s always new tricks and strategies I pick up to help me improved how I work.

Thanks for this article 🙂

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Comment on Ethical Drift. What is it? by Tristan daeley MS LBA https://bsci21.org/ethical-drift-what-is-it/#comment-13761 Sat, 23 Jun 2018 20:53:06 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=7975#comment-13761 Thank you for sharing your experience!! I too have felt that pang of guilt when you repeatedly have to decline food offerings over and over. I did not so much feel it when I refused to respond to texts or emails outside of appropriate business hours, but I couldn’t forget their existence which carried a different weight on it’s own. I no longer carry a case load, and in fact work in crisis services, much happier. Glad you found your niche as well.

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Comment on An OBM Perspective on the Task List by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/an-obm-perspective-on-the-task-list/#comment-13626 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:28:20 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=7917#comment-13626 Manny and Shannon, Great Stuff!

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Comment on The Paradox of Testimonials:  Why They are Unethical and Why We Can’t Stop Using Them by Tom Szabo https://bsci21.org/the-paradox-of-testimonials-why-they-are-unethical-and-why-we-cant-stop-using-them/#comment-13585 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:11:47 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2495#comment-13585 Adam – some great comments from Lisa and Ivor above. One idea: if you use an electronic data management system, ask the developers to create a separate HIPPAA secure, de-identified databank. Provide access to a third party vendor tasked with pulling data periodically, at variable times, and posting it onto your website in dashboards. You have less control over what gets “out there,” but you can let the community know the exact procedure you are using and that you are doing this to keep your behavior under the control of the relevant contingencies, rather than under the control of profit margins and other variables. This would mean a lot to consumers – it tells them that you’re trustworthy. You follow that up with ongoing training to all supervisors and behavior technicians on the importance of socially significant goals, accurate data collection, dimensional behavior data, measurement of data accuracy and treatment integrity, and performance-based measures of social validity.

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Comment on On The Phrase “Having a Behavior” by Nicky Carter https://bsci21.org/on-the-phrase-having-a-behavior/#comment-13539 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:58:45 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2019#comment-13539 Great article. I like the distinction you made between ‘behavior’ (all movement) and ‘interfering behavior’ (a movement the presents a barrier to learning). In our practice, we write brief session notes and sometimes it is difficult to know what happens when new coaches write phrases like ‘Lots of behaviors today’. My first thought when I read that was, “Thank goodness!” Otherwise, we’d hope the next phrase includes a note about calling 911! 🙂 Without behavior, we cannot teach and learn. I think this article and the comments that follow will be a great introduction to a future training. Thank you.

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Comment on Selecting and Teaching “School Survival Skills” to Elementary Students with Autism by Julie Eshleman https://bsci21.org/selecting-and-teaching-school-survival-skills-to-elementary-students-with-autism/#comment-13480 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:22:57 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2004#comment-13480 Thanks, Clelia! I really enjoyed reading your incredible insights and priorities so early in your teaching career! As a former special education teacher and current BCBA, I agree that you don’t need to, and indeed shouldn’t, wait until students are academically equivalent to their peers before providing meaningful access to less restrictive settings. Furthermore, many of those who are academically equivalent don’t have the “soft skills” to be successful. In addition to the biggest skills that you already mentioned, I found that teaching skills for students to socially approach groups, join in ongoing activities, and have back and forth interactions with peers also allowed them to spend longer and more successful time in general education settings with less support. Thanks for this article!!

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Comment on Did B.F. Skinner contribute anything to Applied Behavior Analysis? by Darnell Lattal https://bsci21.org/did-b-f-skinner-contribute-anything-to-applied-behavior-analysis/#comment-13465 Mon, 11 Jun 2018 15:18:17 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1930#comment-13465 I have never understood why sorcial status should be granted to those who practice “applications” of behavior analysis untethered from the science. Skinner and the EAB community are foundational to ABA. The getacab tenets of ABA that seem so sacred to the field were added to by Cooprr et al. They could be examined again. They come from extrapolation from the science. There are core principles that are foundational to us all who call ourselves behavior analysts. Overriding and overarching science it seems to me. Skinner was one who started the framing of behavior via this particular operant point of view but it is evolving as a science. Still untethered from that foundation,we are or could devolve into self-admiring theorists who posit many points of view. Seems not al all a debate as to Skinner and Sidmsn and others as to their contribution to the applications world. Unfortunately many who call themselves ABA don’t realize that OBM is applied and thus “derived” from the same science home. Also that AOA now seems to mean our clinical side. I’m an ABA who practices the science with organizations (OBM). Anyway hope we see and appreciate and revisit our roots.

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Comment on Are all BCBAs robots, or just mine? by Janice MS, BCBA https://bsci21.org/are-all-bcbas-robots-or-just-mine/#comment-13434 Sat, 09 Jun 2018 04:52:56 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3072#comment-13434 I’m so sorry to hear of your experience! The reality of the situation is that some folks are just not “warm fuzzies” and/or they have been trained in more early 70’s DTT-type “styles” of running clients’ programs, and/or they have been using “old school” methods for so long their implementation of ABA has not evolved with the current research. Even some of the “current” on-line training videos for students (& CEU’s) are painfully rigid (and SO boring to watch). I once had to direct/”give permission” to one of my BI’s to “act like a goof-ball” to motivate one of our 4 year-old clients to “want to” interact with her. She had been working in the field for years, was a sweetheart, and “knew” her ABA (in theory), but had only been taught to run “rigid” DTT trials up until then. We (my staff and I) encourage more play-based skills training methods using Pivotal Response Treatment that is based in ABA. We know behavior is based on motivation and PRT focuses on motivation to acquire new skills (No – they didn’t pay me to say that [Lol]. I’m not ashamed to admit that I LOVE PRT!). And, “YES!” this applies to our kiddos, parents, and team members as well. I always tell my team members, “If you’re feeling bored while working with your client, just imagine how your client feels.” A “great” therapist will work his/her tail off to motivate and engage the child throughout session so the child’s having fun and “thinks” (s)he’s playing while learning at an excelled rate and mastering out skills, so we can quickly move onto working on higher-order skills. Oh! And communication is DEFINITELY encouraged between therapists and BCBA’s & vice versa. To make a short story longer 🙂 , talk to your BCBA. If their teaching method doesn’t appear to be working for you (if it’s parent training or discussing programming) tell her how you “learn best” – whether via verbal instruction, her modeling skills for you, &/or using visuals. I’m a “verbal learner” myself, but have to remind myself that some of my staff (& parents) have informed me they are “visual learners” so we often need to make adjustments in how we discuss/explain programming with each other. If all else fails, you can always request that your current agency replace your BCBA; however, IF your child has been making progress, you may seriously want to reconsider that decision. Even if it doesn’t “appear” that your BCBA is very active on your case, they may be evaluating, updating your child’s programming, and communicating with your therapist(s) in the “background” (off-site). The time to be concerned with your BCBA is when… your therapist regularly comments that your child has definitely mastered certain skills, yet they continue to run them over & over again (not just for maintenance), your therapist has commented that they have tried to reach their supervisor multiple times with ?’s, but have not heard back from them (in which case they should escalate to a higher-up within the agency), you are not able to reach the supervisor, &/or they are not showing up for scheduled parent training sessions or to provide supervision – particularly if you rarely have cancelations yourself.

Hope some of that helps! Good luck & Yay for ABA! 🙂

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Comment on Why ‘PayScale, Inc.’ is Wrong About Behavior Analysts by Uche https://bsci21.org/why-payscale-inc-is-wrong-about-behavior-analysts/#comment-13433 Fri, 08 Jun 2018 11:26:17 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=931#comment-13433 Hey, I am African living here in USA. I am interested in enrolling in ABA master program but I am curious about my chance of making it in this field since it appears to be more of white population.

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Comment on Three things you can do instead of accepting gifts from clients by Monica Gaitonde https://bsci21.org/three-things-you-can-do-instead-of-accepting-gifts-from-clients/#comment-13406 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 23:36:40 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4485#comment-13406 Hi I have a question. Are we allowed, as RBTs, to accept gifts from the family when it is their last day receiving services from our company? My kiddo will be moving to another state and this means I will no longer be giving therapeutic services to this child. Am I still not allowed to accept any “going away” type gifts or even a card?

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Comment on 10 Things You Should Know About ASD by greg Edwards https://bsci21.org/10-things-you-should-know-about-asd/#comment-13391 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 16:56:23 +0000 http://bsci21.org/?p=7302#comment-13391 This was very informative, I didn’t know asperger’s was no longer a diagnosis. I always complain about the fact they only show high functioning autism on TV but it is entertainment what can i expect. I didn’t know the percentage is 1 in 59 that seems very high. I love how they broke down that autism is as different for each person as a persons fingerprint. People think they know what Autism is but its so different for each person dealing with it. I would’ve love to hear more about treatments and the treatments they use for high function compared to the treatments they use for low functioning students.

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Comment on Scientists Transplant Memories: Implications for Behavior Analysis by John B https://bsci21.org/scientists-transplant-memories-implications-for-behavior-analysis/#comment-13390 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 16:17:19 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=7573#comment-13390 It was a quite impressive research. But the interpretation that was given provides a plausible example of the harm made by cognitive theories. The case is not about transplanting memories, but transplanting genetic material. This genetic material is the one of an organism changed by the interaction with its environment. It would be really amazing to be proved that such a learning history can be incorporated into another organism, but this is what it is and nothing more.
Regarding a potential transplant of DNA that might permit someone to experience (ie, in the form of seeing them in their absence) moments of another organism’s history, I doubt weather it would be ever possible. Yet it would be challenging and awesome.

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Comment on U.S. Dept. of Education: ABA Not Enough for Autism Treatment. by Jennifer Carpenter, M.S., BCBA https://bsci21.org/u-s-dept-of-education-aba-not-enough-for-autism-treatment/#comment-13302 Wed, 30 May 2018 20:42:36 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1381#comment-13302 I agree that the letter truly demonstrates a lack of understanding of what Applied Behavior Analysis is. There is still a long way to go.

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Comment on Making a Difference: A Week in the Life of the Behavior Analyst by Harla Frank https://bsci21.org/making-a-difference-a-week-in-the-life-of-the-behavior-analyst/#comment-13267 Sun, 27 May 2018 10:15:34 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5586#comment-13267 Hi Kim,
I completely sympathize! I believe Organizational Behavior Management could effect needed change, but the “powers that be” have to reach out for that guidance. In the meantime, burnout seems inevitable. Thank you for your comment! Harla

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Comment on Making a Difference: A Week in the Life of the Behavior Analyst by kim https://bsci21.org/making-a-difference-a-week-in-the-life-of-the-behavior-analyst/#comment-13238 Fri, 25 May 2018 14:54:43 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5586#comment-13238 My company requires 30 billable hours and the clients sometimes live an hour apart. Its not doable. Burnout on its way!

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Comment on Could this behavior game turn the world green? by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/could-this-behavior-game-turn-the-world-green/#comment-13211 Thu, 24 May 2018 13:39:21 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=990#comment-13211 Thanks for letting us know! The hyperlink has now been updated to the following url http://www.balcllc.org/resources/iv_W_Heward_%20Presentation_SUSTAIN_Beh_Change_issue.pdf

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Comment on Could this behavior game turn the world green? by Jackie https://bsci21.org/could-this-behavior-game-turn-the-world-green/#comment-13204 Thu, 24 May 2018 12:20:54 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=990#comment-13204 Hi, the link in the post doesn’t bring up the article. Is there another way to access the article? I couldn’t find it through my university library either.

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Comment on Applying the Matching Law to Behavior Intervention by Juan Rojas, MS BCBA https://bsci21.org/applying-the-matching-law-to-behavior-intervention/#comment-13119 Mon, 21 May 2018 00:19:50 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4762#comment-13119 I use the matching law often in settings where treatment fidelity is much less likely to occur (classrooms, community settings, parent implementation vs therapist). I interpret it as the opposite of 100% implementation of extinction is a variable schedule of reinforcement (which is shown to maintain behavior at higher rates vs fixed schedules). If extinction cannot be implemented near 100%, I choose a treatment incorporating the matching law. Thank you for the article!

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Comment on Scientists Transplant Memories: Implications for Behavior Analysis by Bruce McKay https://bsci21.org/scientists-transplant-memories-implications-for-behavior-analysis/#comment-12952 Sun, 20 May 2018 14:41:50 +0000 https://bsci21.org/?p=7573#comment-12952 While I can certainly appreciate how exciting this new research may sound, and the potential it brings for ‘healing’, we need to step back and remind ourselves of the complex moral issues involved. One of the things that makes us unique as individuals is our life experiences, and hence our memories. And in fact those memories help shape who we are today. I have PTSD. I developed PTSD during the many years I spent in the war in Afghanistan. Consequently, as I’m sure you can imagine, I have MANY painful memories, VERY painful memories! Do the affect me? Yes, all the time. Do they impact my life and my behaviour? Yes, every day! But do I want those memories gone? NO!! My Psychologist as me that one time. I told him I didn’t want them gone because then I would have to lose the good memories of that same time period too. To lose a painful memory of a friend killed in action means I would have to lose the good memories I had with that friend. The two are actually one memory! While it sounds great to be able to replace memories, or even modify them, it is actually extremely problematic, because we have no way of knowing or controlling the outcome. It is like going back in time and changing one small detail… you end up changing the whole world!

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Comment on Live Webinar: How ABA Agencies can Improve Corporate Culture to Reduce Turnover and Increase Quality of Services (2 CEUs) by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/shop/ceus/live-event/bsci21-live-webinar-how-aba-agencies-can-improve-corporate-culture-to-reduce-turnover-and-increase-quality-of-services/#comment-12846 Thu, 17 May 2018 18:37:29 +0000 http://bsci21.org/?post_type=product&p=7384#comment-12846 We will most likely have a free recording up on our YouTube channel and have another for CE credits for sale on the site!

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Comment on Live Webinar: How ABA Agencies can Improve Corporate Culture to Reduce Turnover and Increase Quality of Services (2 CEUs) by Lori Russo https://bsci21.org/shop/ceus/live-event/bsci21-live-webinar-how-aba-agencies-can-improve-corporate-culture-to-reduce-turnover-and-increase-quality-of-services/#comment-12833 Thu, 17 May 2018 16:09:53 +0000 http://bsci21.org/?post_type=product&p=7384#comment-12833 I am not able to attend live but would too. Will there be a recording of this that I could purchase?

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Comment on Climate Change Skeptics More Environmentaly Friendly by Erin Grubbs https://bsci21.org/climate-change-skeptics-more-environmentally-friendly/#comment-12737 Tue, 15 May 2018 03:59:22 +0000 http://bsci21.org/?p=7463#comment-12737 This is INCREDIBLY interesting! Thank you for sharing. I look forward to reading the original article. I suspect it contains more “behavioral gold.”

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Comment on Behavior Analysis and the Diversity Issue by Black Behavior Analyst https://bsci21.org/behavior-analysis-and-the-diversity-issue/#comment-12634 Fri, 11 May 2018 19:02:55 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2191#comment-12634 You’re not sure why racial diversity is a problem because you are most likely white. It’s hard to see the lack of diversity when everyone looks like you. Ok, science is science but there are NO training programs in science
in any HBCU’s. There are few BA’s of color leading university programs. WMU entered their first African American doctoral student… that was a huge deal. Why? Once you leave the masters level… #ABAsoWhite
There is a diversity problem because we’re not really targeting diversity at all levels.

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Comment on Behavioral Science and Art: A Manifesto by Tom Szabo https://bsci21.org/behavioral-science-and-art-a-manifesto/#comment-12616 Fri, 11 May 2018 03:49:26 +0000 http://bsci21.org/?p=7472#comment-12616 Nice work! Also: respondent functions. Art elicits important respondent behaviors. These responses have outcomes that in turn have operant discriminative functions in a behavior chain that may lead to socially important terminal responses.

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Comment on 5 things Behavior Analysts should know about Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) by Scott https://bsci21.org/5-things-behavior-analysts-should-know-about-organizational-behavior-management-obm/#comment-12439 Tue, 08 May 2018 22:40:45 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3255#comment-12439 Pit a good performer against a bad system and the bad system will win every time”
(attributed to Geary Rummler)

Actually from W Edwards Deming

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Comment on How to Become a Master-Level Data-Driven Decision-Making Behavior Analyst by Sal Ruiz https://bsci21.org/how-to-become-a-master-level-data-driven-decision-making-behavior-analyst/#comment-12434 Tue, 08 May 2018 16:52:58 +0000 http://bsci21.org/?p=7175#comment-12434 Hi Jeffrey,

The quote reads “level displays the average rate of responding.” Which means the total number of data points across time divided by the number of data points, or some other measure of central tendency. For example if your data points are 4,5,6,7,8 then the arithmetic mean rate of responding is 6. Using the median it would also be 6. Using the Geometric Mean the average rate of responding would be 5.8. In short the measure of central tendency selected to determine level is the average of the data points. In-regards to the significance of the x2 celeration I would reference the Precision Teaching Book (Kubina & Yurich, 2012) for a good source of ranging values of significant growth. I hope this is helpful.

Best,

Sal

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Comment on Mother Jones Slams “The Skinner Method” in Schools by Carin Shearer https://bsci21.org/mother-jones-slams-the-skinner-method-in-schools/#comment-12131 Fri, 27 Apr 2018 02:54:10 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1282#comment-12131 Thanks for sharing this information . As a BCBA and Director of Special Education in public schools I am more than irritated at the misrespresentations contained in this article . I will let Mother Jones know of my discontent and share with other professionals as well!

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Comment on How to Become a Master-Level Data-Driven Decision-Making Behavior Analyst by Jeffrey https://bsci21.org/how-to-become-a-master-level-data-driven-decision-making-behavior-analyst/#comment-12130 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 23:03:58 +0000 http://bsci21.org/?p=7175#comment-12130 Hi! I have a question about what is meant by “level quickly shows how much the rate changes.” It doesn’t seem apparent to me how this is the case. Rate could be identical across phases, but the level could be drastically different. I’d appreciate some clarification.

Also, I’d love some literature that indicates the 2x celeration is clinically significant. I’ve heard this before, but I’d like to be able to cite it.

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Comment on The “A-B-Cs” of Homelessness by Jeffrey https://bsci21.org/the-a-b-cs-of-homelessness/#comment-12129 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:59:37 +0000 http://bsci21.org/?p=7200#comment-12129 Hi Mrs. Franks! I appreciate your attempt at applying simple behavioral principles to the problem of homelessness, but I don’t think this problem can be made that simple. There are a huge number of setting events and MOs that can influence decision making. And given how large of a problem this is (given your statistics), it seems important to study this on the population level. It seems like we should be asking “what are the environmental situations that are causing the biggest problem for the biggest number of people?” This seems to call for tools beyond what individualized behavioral intervention can supply. I also think this calls for large scale interventions (i.e. interventions that are going to cause the biggest effect for the most number of people). It seems like this is a problem that behavior analysis can contribute to solving, but on it’s own is desperately lacking the ability to have an effect.

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Comment on Applied Behavior Analysis: Laboring in Obscurity by Harla Frank https://bsci21.org/applied-behavior-analysis-laboring-in-obscurity/#comment-11769 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 22:49:01 +0000 http://da8.68f.myftpupload.com/?p=6789#comment-11769 Thank you so much, Dr. Pfadt, for your kind comments! Change begins with an idea that ultimately leads to conversation. Hopefully, we’ve begun a conversation that can guide how behavior analysis is seen by the world. I would love to continue this conversation and hear your ideas about directions that could be taken! The journey continues . . . .

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Comment on Applied Behavior Analysis: Laboring in Obscurity by Susan Pfadt, M.S.Ed., M.A., BCBA https://bsci21.org/applied-behavior-analysis-laboring-in-obscurity/#comment-11768 Sat, 24 Mar 2018 16:28:05 +0000 http://da8.68f.myftpupload.com/?p=6789#comment-11768 What a highly relevant article you have written here! In my 30 years working as a Behavior Analyst, largely with systems supporting adults with IDD, I have witnessed the gradual degrading of both perceptions and uses of behavior analysis. This has become such a problem that even the use of behavior analytic terminology elicits little more than perceptions of restrictive procedures and lack of person centered approaches. The need to work on the development of more appropriate skills to replace and/or minimize the need for inappropriate behavior has become lost in a sea of psychotropic medication management and monitoring for process rather than outcome. I think we have been slow to recognize this as a field, and even slower to respond to Bailey’s admonition advice that we explore how we can “advance the acceptability, usability, and social validity of behavior analysis . . . .” .

I read your article as a call to arms to fellow BCBAs to begin talking about how we can advance the usefulness of behavior analysis in systems that see the practice of behavior analysis as antithetical to person centered practices. I am interested in hearing and discussing specific ideas as to how we might do this. Any takers? Harla, might you be interested in writing another article extending your thoughts on this ? Thank you for writing this article. It is a great start to a much needed discussion.

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Comment on Applied Behavior Analysis: Laboring in Obscurity by Harla Frank https://bsci21.org/applied-behavior-analysis-laboring-in-obscurity/#comment-11767 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:11:56 +0000 http://da8.68f.myftpupload.com/?p=6789#comment-11767 Thank you, Dr. Gavoni!

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Comment on Applied Behavior Analysis: Laboring in Obscurity by Paulie Gavoni https://bsci21.org/applied-behavior-analysis-laboring-in-obscurity/#comment-11766 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:14:00 +0000 http://da8.68f.myftpupload.com/?p=6789#comment-11766 Nice!

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Comment on A behavior analyst’s take on dishonesty. by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/a-behavior-analysts-take-on-dishonesty/#comment-11764 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:52:19 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6619#comment-11764 Todd, I love your contributions to this!

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Comment on Technologies to manage employees: Adaptive e-learning (Skinner’s Teaching Machine realized?) by LeSeillonnais https://bsci21.org/technologies-to-manage-employees-adaptive-e-learning-skinners-teaching-machine-realized/#comment-11765 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:56:00 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6668#comment-11765 Thanks Lynda! I’ll keep you posted:)

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Comment on The Four-Term Contingency of Advocacy for Children with Special Needs by Kathleen Jaeger https://bsci21.org/the-four-term-contingency-of-advocacy-for-children-with-special-needs/#comment-11756 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 02:24:21 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6731#comment-11756 Well done! Everyone should read this article, especially individuals who interact with other people.

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Comment on The Four-Term Contingency of Advocacy for Children with Special Needs by Kathleen Jaeger https://bsci21.org/the-four-term-contingency-of-advocacy-for-children-with-special-needs/#comment-11755 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 02:17:59 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6731#comment-11755 Well done! Everyone should read this article, especially individuals who interact with other people. I am so proud of what you two women have accomplished! Your Bio’s are impressive! The Norwalk Public Schools is extremely lucky to have both of you, Meghan and Justyna! I am very hopeful that the Administrators and Board of Ed will do everything they can to keep you two interested in working for the district. You are need and are terrific at what you do! Kudos Ladies!!

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Comment on What do in-home early intervention services look like? by M. Rubio, BCBA https://bsci21.org/what-do-in-home-early-intervention-services-look-like/#comment-11724 Sat, 10 Mar 2018 15:52:43 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6316#comment-11724 What other ‘standardized’ assessments might you recommend? What about developmental assessments–BINS (Bayley Neurodevelopmental Inventory) or the like? Might these capture mulit-domain deficits or needs outside of verbal behavior? It is interesting to see how the field develops with regard to standardized assessment and our own use of functional (behavioral) analysis which may only serve us to discern disruptive behaviors as opposed to developmental assessments which elucidate more clearly program goals and activities. That said, perhaps a developmentally based schedule or inventory appears an integral part of assessment for services.

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Comment on Helping your child find a voice through ABA services. by M. Rubio, BCBA https://bsci21.org/helping-your-child-find-a-voice-through-aba-services/#comment-11723 Sat, 10 Mar 2018 08:53:17 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6598#comment-11723 Enjoyed the parsimony conveyed in this article. Thank you. It may be worthwhile to consider developmental framework and language development. Hence in building length of utterances, we start with 1 then 2 then 3 words–the latter presenting the basic grammar and syntax necessary toward speaking a language fluently. Incidentally, there is a sort of time limit on this fluency–seems a firm grip on operants as well as grammar and syntax and a suitable speaker’s repertoire and vocabulary must be online by age 9 or so, per most developmental theories in this area. While as ABA practitioners we may increase the target to 4-words, the truth is kids jump from 3-words to as many words as can be managed within grammar and syntax and vocabulary. So should we be modeling any truncations on speech or utterances at all? Or once at 3+ words, should we model and teach a variety of targets toward fluency? Where a 2-year old is estimated to learn 2 new words a day, our focus on single targets for ‘tact’ programs for example may run way behind the developmental trajectory. Too far behind perhaps. It behooves us to find ways to improve the learning efficiencies of our verbal behavior programming.

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Comment on To Profit or Not to Profit, That Is the Ethical Question:  Five Ways Your ABA Company Will Profit by Behaving Ethically by Daisy Carpio https://bsci21.org/to-profit-or-not-to-profit-that-is-the-ethical-question-five-ways-your-aba-company-will-profit-by-behaving-ethically/#comment-11628 Sun, 04 Mar 2018 01:36:43 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4274#comment-11628 Great article, I really liked your approach to the ABA business. Ethics can make it easier.
Always your student,
FIU 2013

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Comment on How to talk ABA to the rest of the world. by Paulie Gavoni https://bsci21.org/how-to-talk-aba-to-the-rest-of-the-world/#comment-11618 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 11:55:40 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6455#comment-11618 This is gold. Great work Bsci21! If there was a dissemination of the year award, I’d nominate you ??

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Comment on Growing Up Ethically:  Why Our Ethical Code Is Insufficient, But Still Important by Liz Krulder https://bsci21.org/growing-up-ethically-why-our-ethical-code-is-insufficient-but-still-important/#comment-11602 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 04:52:07 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3320#comment-11602 This is a great read for aspiring behavior analysts, like myself! These situations are not always learned or talked about through master’s programs or BCBA practicum experience. This is a perfect discussion point for ethics courses and professional development meetings. Thank you!

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Comment on Three things you can do instead of accepting gifts from clients by Jody Hunsberger https://bsci21.org/three-things-you-can-do-instead-of-accepting-gifts-from-clients/#comment-11571 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:03:31 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4485#comment-11571 It is important to recognize that various cultures will find offense for rejecting food and drinks offered to them, as this is a token of respect when you enter the homes of Hispanic, Chinese, Arabic and English households. As Behavior Modification was derived from North America, if you are practicing BA abroad, it is important to establish relationships with individuals. Building relations often center around primary reinforcement. If you have walked several kilometers to reach your client’s house in a hot climate with no possible source of water other than your client’s home, is it suggested that you remain dehydrated as to adhere to the ethical code of BA? Maybe within the paradigm of the United States and other developed nations this code is possible; however I question the people’s ethnic background, history and environment that leads to such narrow views on establishing relationships. What if the pilgrims rejected the offers of the natives to use fthe remnants of fish for farming their crops? If you refuse the drink of a local Amazon tribe? These are the very reasons why Behavior Analysis suffers the ability to expand as a field.

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Comment on Four Behavior Analytic Quotes by Non-Behavior Analysts by Sorah Stein https://bsci21.org/four-behavior-analytic-quotes-by-non-behavior-analysts/#comment-11557 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:08:49 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3107#comment-11557 “We are the recorders and reporters of facts—not the judges of the behaviors we describe.”

– Alfred Kinsey

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Comment on Using OBM to Maintain Compliance to Clinical Documentation & Prevent Thousands of Dollars in Lost Revenue by Tim Heald https://bsci21.org/using-obm-to-maintain-compliance-to-clinical-documentation-prevent-thousands-of-dollars-in-lost-revenue/#comment-11546 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:35:02 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4192#comment-11546 Nice work! Creative approach to a real problem.

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Comment on Sustainability and ABA, Sustainability of ABA, Chasing Skinner’s Dream by Tom https://bsci21.org/sustainability-and-aba-sustainability-of-aba-chasing-skinners-dream/#comment-11529 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:37:55 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3461#comment-11529 Hi Molly,
I was wondering whether you’ve made any further progress since this article? I’ve been working with children diagnosed with Autism in the UK for five years, but I am now looking for jobs that would enable me to use my ABA training in sustainability and environmental work once I take the BCBA exam this year. Pickings still seem to be slim, but I hoped you might have come across some contacts since this article was published!
Hope this finds you well in any case.
Tom

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Comment on If Your Behavior Plan Isn’t Working, This Might Be Why. by Nisha Khanna https://bsci21.org/if-your-behavior-plan-isnt-working-this-might-be-why/#comment-11500 Sun, 11 Feb 2018 12:07:34 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3200#comment-11500 It is also important for everyone to understand the principle of providing non-contingent reinforcement if there are no appropriate behaviors to reinforce right away. In order to pair the system with the reward, this is often not done at all, which is a huge contributor to the problem. The idea of teaching the reward system in and of itself it often overlooked and it’s unfortunate for the student. Also, so many times, I have seen the token chart which reflects “the rules” of the classroom. If the child understood or was able to follow the rules without more intensive teaching, there wouldn’t have to be a token chart in the first place. I would love to give presentations on the concept of reinforcement from the very beginning of working with a chid in order for more people to understand how important reinforcement is, as it is is defined as any stimulus that is added to the environment that increases behavior. The idea that people inadvertently reinforce inappropriate or other behaviors that were not present in the first place is also overlooked. More articles like these need to be shared, especially with classroom teachers and aides who are often presented with a reward system to use without proper training or understanding of how reinforcement can be introduced and manipulated in so many ways to improve and shape responses, increase rate of learning, etc. Response cost should be a last measure and used sparingly. I always like to see a 80%:20% ratio of reinforcing statements to corrections in general as a guideline, otherwise I feel as though the child Is not learning in a meaningful way and practicing correct/quality responding.

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Comment on I’m a behavior analyst. No… not like on Criminal Minds… IT’S WAY COOLER THAN THAT! by Angela Liotta https://bsci21.org/im-a-behavior-analyst-no-not-like-on-criminal-minds-its-way-cooler-than-that/#comment-11496 Sat, 10 Feb 2018 07:18:37 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5581#comment-11496 I am so grateful to have earners a BS in Applied Behavior Analysis and studied under pioneers in the field. It is frustrating to describe the complexity of everything that encompasses Behavior Analysis when most of the general public assume the purpose of ABA is to study criminals or treating children with developmental disabilities. Professionals in Behavior Analysis are solution minded with the ability to analyze reinforcement, prompts, and consequence seamlessly while having a knack with creating repore or being hospitable. Dr.Richard Smith would say that Applied Behavior Analysis is the science in which tactics derived from the principles of behavior are applied systematically to improve socially significant behaviors from experimention used to identify the variables responsible for behavior change. The truth is, at least for me I also believe that the world can be changed for the better with the knowledge Behavior Analysis contains if it is taught with integrity to the sciences value.

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Comment on Extinction: It’s as Simple as Withholding the Functional Reinforcer . . . Or, Is It? by Harla Frank https://bsci21.org/extinction-its-as-simple-as-withholding-the-functional-reinforcer-or-is-it/#comment-11456 Mon, 05 Feb 2018 22:57:21 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6351#comment-11456 Hi James,
Thank you so much for your extremely kind and gracious comment! I appreciate you reading my piece!
Harla

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Comment on Extinction: It’s as Simple as Withholding the Functional Reinforcer . . . Or, Is It? by Harla Frank https://bsci21.org/extinction-its-as-simple-as-withholding-the-functional-reinforcer-or-is-it/#comment-11455 Mon, 05 Feb 2018 22:56:09 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6351#comment-11455 Hi Zuzana,

Thank you for your kind comments! You are definitely correct that higher rates of reinforcement increase a behavior’s resistance to extinction. When discussing the alternative, replacement behavior, we would begin with a continuous schedule of reinforcement and, once it reaches a desired and reliable state, we would want to slowly transition to an intermittent schedule of reinforcement. Basically, the understanding is that intermittent schedules are more resistant to extinction than continuous schedules due to the fact that it is almost immediately apparent to the individual whose behavior has been maintained on continuous reinforcement that the contingency has changed. Upon implementation of an extinction program for a behavior that has been maintained on continuous reinforcement, with the very next expression of the target behavior, the extinction program is felt. When behaviors are maintained on intermittent schedules, it may take a period of time before the individual realizes a change in contingency has occurred. Because the individual has expressed the target behavior a number of times without reinforcement, and only some of expressions of the behavior have obtained reinforcement, the extinction program, while officially “on,” may not actually influence the behavior the first time the reinforcer is withheld due to the seemingly random nature of the reinforcement.
I apologize if I was a bit confusing. 🙂
Harla

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Comment on Extinction: It’s as Simple as Withholding the Functional Reinforcer . . . Or, Is It? by James Chastain, BCBA-D https://bsci21.org/extinction-its-as-simple-as-withholding-the-functional-reinforcer-or-is-it/#comment-11453 Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:21:53 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6351#comment-11453 bSci21 has posted some pretty good reviews, but this one is pretty GREAT! Thanks for such a clear description of terms/processes, with potential clinical solutions.

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Comment on Extinction: It’s as Simple as Withholding the Functional Reinforcer . . . Or, Is It? by Zuzana Maštenová https://bsci21.org/extinction-its-as-simple-as-withholding-the-functional-reinforcer-or-is-it/#comment-11444 Sat, 03 Feb 2018 11:26:55 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6351#comment-11444 Excellent article, very useful, but can you please explain following, because I’m obviously missing something here. Doesn’t this contradict – Behavioral Momentum Theory postulates that higher rates of reinforcement increase a behavior’s resistance to extinction – or change (MacDonald et al., 2013; Podlesnik & Shahan, 2009). Alternative behaviors maintained on intermittent schedules of reinforcement may be more resistant to extinction than those maintained on continuous schedules (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2007). Thank you!

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Comment on 8 New Career Paths for BCBAs by Dianna Yip https://bsci21.org/8-new-career-paths-for-bcbas/#comment-11432 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 23:10:17 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1874#comment-11432 I totally agree with you. Yet, BACB’s current degree requirement is very narrow, which shapes the industry to be focusing on education and intervention. Behaviour analysis application can be very broad, but our system is basically making it very narrow. I don’t think that is healthy for our field’s development.

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Comment on How BCBAs Should Read Research Papers by Stephen Buckley https://bsci21.org/how-bcbas-should-read-research-papers/#comment-11426 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 22:11:15 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6093#comment-11426 I cant say I’ve much of method when it comes to reading research papers. I usually follow the above more or less, sometimes reading the start by reading the beginning and end of the intro to decide if the study is relevant for my purposes at all. Then I read the beginning of the discussion to find out the outcomes so I’ll get a better understanding of what actually happened. This also facilities my reading of the results section. I find most graphs difficult to follow and I have to keep referencing back to the methodology to actually understand what was being measures and what happened. One of the most interesting pieces of advice of the article is to contact the researchers. I’ve had to do this and been very surprised at their willingness to engage.

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Comment on How BCBAs Should Read Research Papers by Stephen Buckley https://bsci21.org/how-bcbas-should-read-research-papers/#comment-11425 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 22:00:01 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6093#comment-11425 This is a fantastic article! The advice is really helpful for the challenging task of reading research articles as they can be something of a ‘dry’ read. Thank you so much for writing this!

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Comment on Overcoming Three Barriers to Expand ABA by Lauren https://bsci21.org/overcoming-three-barriers-to-expand-aba/#comment-11424 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 21:08:08 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5547#comment-11424 I’m so grateful to read an article by Nick! I found him randomly and connected and he helped me find clarity on my vision of wellness + behavior. Watched his continuing education and had a bunch of lightbulbs go off.
We also briefly chatted by phone and he jump started me on two different paths of combining my ideas. Brilliant.
His sentence about the autism bubble is SO on point. Glad to be popping it!

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Comment on What is Early Intervention? by Martin Ivancic https://bsci21.org/what-is-early-intervention/#comment-11417 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 13:13:36 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6261#comment-11417 I often think that early intervention this way. It seems to me that early intervention teaches a person, who does not contact positive reinforcement with the ease that other children do, to contact reinforcement by suggesting that, rather than escaping from the aversive confusion of the world, the child do something that he/she can do and then contact positive reinforcement. The effect of this is that the child learns that it is possible (probable) to contact reinforcement in the response environment in which they find themselves, and some of that experience becomes a generalized automatic (self-provided) contingency. It is critical for this to happen in a person’s life because without the experience of learning that positive reinforcement is available to receive, the child is left to a frightening, confusing, often verbal, world from which s/he is challenged to constantly escape. As this punitive confusion builds, this establishing operation eventually and respondently elicits aggression as it would for any organism who contacted this level of punishment. Unfortunately, this aggressive behavior also has operant escape properties and, if left to this cycle of elicited aggression and operant escape, “melt-down” behavior is quickly shaped up in an automatic negative reinforcement paradigm, now often verbally self-provided, to escape this difficult and confusing world. Early intervention interferes with this cycle with an escape-extinction procedure which offers something the child can do. The general format of the procedure is, “Honey, don’t do that, do this– that’s right!” Programs that provide developmental response sequencing may be helpful for choosing the next skill to acquire, but withholding reinforcement for the automatic negative reinforced escape response to the on-going punitive, often verbal, establishing operations presented to these special individuals is the key to allowing them to learn productive behavior instead of the “life-saving” escape behavior (e.g., “melt-downs”) that crowds out all other responding capable of contacting positive reinforcement. I’m a big proponent of early intervention.

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Comment on When Ethical Guidelines Conflict in ABA Practice by Sherry https://bsci21.org/when-ethical-guidelines-conflict-in-aba-practice/#comment-11408 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 18:08:17 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3000#comment-11408 Hi Clelia,

This article is so on point! Have you become certified as a BCBA yet? If so, what would be your follow-up to this article?

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Comment on When “First, Then” isn’t working. by Mathew Shawn Stokes BCBA https://bsci21.org/when-first-then-isnt-working/#comment-11401 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 21:49:41 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5130#comment-11401 Please also remember to be mindful there may need to be some changes made to the “first” element in this Premack pair. If the task is so difficult or far from the current repertoire of the individual that there is no chance of them ever reaching the “then” of this behavior contract you are trying to establish, the situation will fall apart. Be ready to shape towards a more complex task demands.

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Comment on An Informal Analysis of Impostor Phenomenon and Psychological Inflexibility: Getting Your ACT Together! by Nelly A. Dixon https://bsci21.org/an-informal-analysis-of-impostor-phenomenon-and-psychological-inflexibility-getting-your-act-together/#comment-11394 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:33:17 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6128#comment-11394 Thank you, Harla! I appreciate the feedback! I hope to provide a bit more on how ACT can support the treatment of IP in a future article…stay tuned!!

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Comment on Dear Behavior Analysis:  From Applied Behavior Analyst, With Love  by Bob Collins https://bsci21.org/dear-behavior-analysis-from-applied-behavior-analyst-with-love/#comment-11393 Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:36:33 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2897#comment-11393 I didn’t realize you were going to write my biography! Thanks for doing it for me. 🙂

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Comment on Finding the MBA in ABA: Why Entrepreneurship is in our DNA by Patricia Glick https://bsci21.org/finding-the-mba-in-aba-why-entrepreneurship-is-in-our-dna/#comment-11390 Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:22:14 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4950#comment-11390 Very inspiring as I approach the 4 year anniversary of my ABA business and ironically have just partnered with Relias Learning for our in-house training. Sounds like we’re in good hands.

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Comment on 4 Fixes to Improve Public Education in High Poverty Schools by Gerard Gaydos PhD, BCBA-D https://bsci21.org/4-fixes-to-improve-public-education-in-high-poverty-schools/#comment-11384 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:52:24 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4820#comment-11384 People should also look at the wonderful work Zig Englemann and the DI folks were doing 40 years ago, and never really implemented!

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Comment on An Informal Analysis of Impostor Phenomenon and Psychological Inflexibility: Getting Your ACT Together! by Harla Frank https://bsci21.org/an-informal-analysis-of-impostor-phenomenon-and-psychological-inflexibility-getting-your-act-together/#comment-11383 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:10:14 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6128#comment-11383 Thank you for this detailed description of a little-known behavioral phenomena! An informative and fascinating article! Harla

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Comment on All I really need to know… I learned as a Behavior Technician by Michele Thompson https://bsci21.org/all-i-really-need-to-know-i-learned-as-a-behavior-technician/#comment-11377 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:11 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5818#comment-11377 Great article, Emaley!

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Comment on 5 Common Logical Fallacies and Why You Need to be Aware of Them by Susan G Friedman https://bsci21.org/5-common-logical-fallacies-and-why-you-need-to-be-aware-of-them/#comment-11374 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:12:40 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6147#comment-11374 Important points, thank you. Wanted to clarify one statement that readers should beware of hasty generalizations when reading single subject designs. This is equally true of large experimental group designs with big error terms, i.e., average statements that don’t apply to all subjects. In both types of designs, only replications validate outcomes. Numbers of subjects does not increase protection against the fallacy that results from hasty generalizations.

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Comment on To Profit or Not to Profit, That Is the Ethical Question:  Five Ways Your ABA Company Will Profit by Behaving Ethically by Paul Dores https://bsci21.org/to-profit-or-not-to-profit-that-is-the-ethical-question-five-ways-your-aba-company-will-profit-by-behaving-ethically/#comment-11366 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:43:11 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4274#comment-11366 I see one of the biggest challenges we face is that, with demand outstripping supply, agencies can be less than ethical or competent and still be successful financially. In a market without enough providers, the natural selection process is corrupted – bad actors are not selected out as efficiently as we would like. We have to not only educate ourselves about ethical practice, but also those who hire us, pay us and evaluate us so that they know when they’re not getting what they should from us.

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Comment on Applying the Matching Law to Behavior Intervention by Tristan Daeley MS BCBA https://bsci21.org/applying-the-matching-law-to-behavior-intervention/#comment-11365 Sun, 14 Jan 2018 22:43:59 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4762#comment-11365 This article does a great job of incorporating effective behavior consultation strategies into the demanding environment of a classroom which may not have a history of applying ABA principles in a systematic way. I believe that implementation of this type of program has a much higher likelihood of success and completion with adherence to the program design Great stuff.

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Comment on Dear Behavior Analysis:  From Applied Behavior Analyst, With Love  by Curt https://bsci21.org/dear-behavior-analysis-from-applied-behavior-analyst-with-love/#comment-11363 Sat, 13 Jan 2018 20:44:53 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2897#comment-11363 Really nice piece. Well said, and made me smile.

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Comment on “Big, Bad John! A “Cheeky” Look at Toilet Training by Harla Frank https://bsci21.org/big-bad-john-a-cheeky-look-at-toilet-training/#comment-11358 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:52:05 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5685#comment-11358 Hi Genevieve,
Thank you for your kind comments about my toilet training article. 🙂 I’m so happy to hear that it was helpful! Thank you! Harla

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Comment on Technologies to help manage employees: Mobile performance support. by Tim Ludwig https://bsci21.org/technologies-to-help-manage-employees-mobile-performance-support/#comment-11356 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:16:33 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6114#comment-11356 Nice article Barbara. It made me consider how much more effective my recent car search would have been if the salesperson had a simple iPad available to answer all the questions I had about certain vehicles. I was left with the equivalent of a waiter trying to memorize a table order only to bring the wrong dishes.

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Comment on How the Affordable Care Act affects your ABA agency by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/how-the-affordable-care-act-affects-your-aba-agency/#comment-11355 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:11:07 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5964#comment-11355 Thanks for your comment! I would recommend reaching out to HUB International.

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Comment on How the Affordable Care Act affects your ABA agency by Brad Dickey https://bsci21.org/how-the-affordable-care-act-affects-your-aba-agency/#comment-11354 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 04:27:05 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5964#comment-11354 I live within the state of Wyoming where BCBS and other insurance companies deny ABA coverage. I’m confused with your article above, because to my knowledge ABA is not covered by insurance in my state. Please let me know if I’m wrong.

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Comment on Effective ABA agencies need a culture of transparency. by Candice https://bsci21.org/effective-aba-agencies-need-a-culture-of-transparency/#comment-11351 Sun, 07 Jan 2018 16:24:15 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6100#comment-11351 Precisely.

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Comment on Three things you can do instead of accepting gifts from clients by Fred https://bsci21.org/three-things-you-can-do-instead-of-accepting-gifts-from-clients/#comment-11350 Sun, 07 Jan 2018 13:44:04 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4485#comment-11350 “Behavior analysts do not accept any gifts from or give any gifts to clients because this constitutes a multiple relationship.”

This is clearly not the case. Let’s break it down.

First, what is a gift? As far as I’m aware, the BACB does not provide a definition. It seems clear that an expensive watch or a holiday constitute a gift. A gift card – as the name suggets constitutes a gift. But what about a thank you card? A Christmas card?

A painting by a client? Does the monetary value of the painting affect the situation? For example, if the clients paintings sometimes sell for £100 dollars is that different from a situation where they have no monetary value.

A Starbucks coffee would seem to constitute a gift. But what about a glass of water? If your client is a business and you take a free water or coffee at reception, are you taking a gift? If working in a client’s home, does the water consitute a gift when it comes from a bottle or a tap in a situation where people do not pay for tap water?

Accepting a wedding gift for a client seems unprofessional. But what about something like a funeral card. Mass cards are given in some Catholic communities whereby somebody will pay to have a mass offered up for a loved one or the loved one of somebody they know. They may cost up to 20 dollars. If somebody receives such a card where a client has effectively paid a priest to pray for one of your loved one’s, do you return the card? Do you then contact the cleric and ask that they do not pray for your mother or father?

It seems clear that what constitues a gift depends on context and that there is no clear definition. The BACB is not helpful in defining “gift”.

Next, let’s move to the “multiple relationship” that is somehow established. When you work in certain sectors, at certain times of the year or folllowing certain events, it is normal to provide your colleagues or clients with gift baskets or cards of gratitude. The recipient and the giver both understand that this does not alter the nature of their relationship. It is simply customary that in these contexts you provide tokens of esteem, gratitude and respect to business colleagues. If I run a small recruitment company and I, like all of the other companies that provide recruitment services to a local IT company, receive a hamper from that company, I do not imagine that the CEO of the IT company and I will soon by going for drinks together at my local bar.

In some communities, it is customary to provide workers who work in the home with offers of food or drink. And in some, it is considered rude or offensive to refuse. You can of course refuse and explain, but given that within many of these communities, it is customary to strongly refuse and offer justifications for refusal when the offer is made, you are not communicating what you are saying.

Which raises another issue. Refusal to accept gifts can lead to an alteration to the professional relationship in much the way that we fear accepting gifts can. A professional relationship is usually based on respect for the client and in a good professional relationship, you ensure that the client and other stakeholders also feel respected. The refusal to accept a gift in a context where it is customary to do so within the context of a professional relationship can often be interpreted by the rejected client or stakeholder as a deliberate act of disrespect. With accepting gifts, we fear that clients may believe that we are friends. When we reject gifts, we, in some cases, risk clients believing that we are enemies.

Lastly, I think we need to be realistic about our relationships with clients. Multiple relationships are inevitable. Let’s take the example of an ABA tutor who works in the home of a client on a daily basis for 5 hours per day. They’re working with a three year old child. They provide them with care and therapeutic input under the supervision of a BCBA consultant. After 5 years of working with that child for 5 hours per day, is there anybody who would have a purely professional relationship with that child? If that child were to die, would they not feel pain and loss? Is it possible to care for somebody for that long and over such a period of time and not love that child? I’m talking about love that is essentially the same as that of a family member, but I’m not sure that I would want anybody working with my son or daughter who could feed them, clothe them, toilet them, teach them how to speak and to listen, play with them etc. and not hold some degree of affection for that child? We say that the code applies to those who are seeking certification and yet many of them will find themselves in such situations.

The intent of the rules related to multiple relationships is good, but they are not good rules. They are not based on evidence and they fail to acknowledge the fact that behaviour analysts operate in a large number of different contexts across the planet. In fact, worse than not being based on evidence, it is quite clear that the claim that accepting a gift “constitutes a multiple relationship” is false.

The issue is tackled in more depth here:

http://mattbrodhead.squarespace.com/new-blog/2017/12/22/behavior-analysts-accept-gifts-during-practice-so-now-what

The alternatives offered in the piece above are useful but they don’t solve the problem. There is a reason that other professional organisations do not prohibit accepting gifts where it would be culturally inappropriate to refuse them. This rule may be useful in terms of disciplining those who engage in unethical behaviour but it creates far more problems than it solves.

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Comment on How BCBAs Should Read Research Papers by Melanie https://bsci21.org/how-bcbas-should-read-research-papers/#comment-11345 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 18:06:05 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6093#comment-11345 I like that you are encouraging BCBAs to read articles! I advise students to look at the figure after the abstract. In most behavior analytic studies, you can get a very clear picture of the methods and results just by viewing the figures.

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Comment on How BCBAs Should Read Research Papers by Jessika https://bsci21.org/how-bcbas-should-read-research-papers/#comment-11343 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:01:39 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6093#comment-11343 I love this post! This is very similar to how I read a new article. One difference is that after the intro, I move to the results befor the discussion. I like to be able to interpret the data before the researcher interprets it for me. Then I will go to the discussion and back to the results again. I like to test my visual analysis skills and then see if it matches what the authors thought as well.
Very well written article! Thank you for posting.

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Comment on Do you really understand selection by consequences? by Yolla Al Hassanieh https://bsci21.org/do-you-really-understand-selection-by-consequences/#comment-11342 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 06:49:27 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/2015/02/do-you-really-understand-selection-by-consequences/#comment-11342 bsci21 did it again! We’d like to see more of the Skinner-Darwin analysis, individual and mass Behavior. A reflection on Skinner-Walden two would a good analytic material. Thank you Dr Ward!

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Comment on “Big, Bad John! A “Cheeky” Look at Toilet Training by Genevieve Camy https://bsci21.org/big-bad-john-a-cheeky-look-at-toilet-training/#comment-11341 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:37:27 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5685#comment-11341 Thank you for sharing this incredible post on toilet train. I gain a great deal of insight! Thank you

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Comment on Forgiving Dylann Roof: Perspectives from ABA and Christianity by Harla Frank https://bsci21.org/forgiving-dylann-roof-perspectives-from-aba-and-christianity/#comment-11316 Wed, 27 Dec 2017 18:37:41 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1001#comment-11316 Dr. Ward,
Thank you for your article! As a Christian and a behavior analyst, I was so pleased to see the integration of Christianity and science in your article. Many of the early science greats searched for truth through science, believing that God created the laws of physics; the laws by which our universe functions were not separate from science, but were the basis of science. Some of those science greats include Isaac Newton; Johann Kepler; Francis Bacon (anyone remember the scientific method?); Louis Pasteur; Blaise Pascal; and Samuel Morse – and many more whose names may be less recognizable.

Excellent and timely article!

Harla

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Comment on When school suspension reinforces maladaptive behavior. by A https://bsci21.org/when-school-suspension-reinforces-maladaptive-behavior/#comment-11297 Thu, 21 Dec 2017 23:14:46 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=6023#comment-11297 The best part of suspensions is the make-up work that puts an at risk child in a hole they can never get out of.

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Comment on Forgiving Dylann Roof: Perspectives from ABA and Christianity by JonB https://bsci21.org/forgiving-dylann-roof-perspectives-from-aba-and-christianity/#comment-11293 Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:37:22 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1001#comment-11293 “…some people abandon their religions because of their commitment to science. Apparently, they want their science rules to cover everything. I don’t see the natural-science rules as meant for that…” Don Baer.

Check out Behav Anal. 2002 Fall; 25(2): 135–150. Some great quotes throughout the interview.

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Comment on Transgender People and Behavior Analysis’ Dark Past by Matthew https://bsci21.org/transgender-people-and-behavior-analysis-dark-past/#comment-11287 Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:29:32 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=897#comment-11287 Not sure why you cracked this can of worms. If we discussed transgenderism or even homosexuality as learned behavior and not as natural, one would be hard pressed to not define those acts as maladaptive. Indeed, the fact that they were able to change the child’s behavior in the study would back up the former position, not the latter. We don’t even have the conversation due to of societal norms, not strictly because of science. That said, ABA has no place is society’s discussion of what is normal- let’s leave that to the people who write the DSM.

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Comment on The European Misinformation Campaign Against ABA by Bob https://bsci21.org/the-european-misinformation-campaign-against-aba/#comment-11282 Tue, 19 Dec 2017 12:03:39 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=756#comment-11282 How can the UK oppose ABA yet imbrace “Behavioral Insights” – they are almost the same?

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Comment on A New Incentive System for Inmates by Imad Zaheer https://bsci21.org/a-new-incentive-system-for-inmates/#comment-11276 Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:58:34 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=941#comment-11276 Hopefully this program is analytic and focused on building skills (self regulation) and not just a B-mod to keep inmates in line. Not that the latter isn’t important but as a field, we need to go beyond that.

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Comment on 5 things Behavior Analysts should know about Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) by Nesrin https://bsci21.org/5-things-behavior-analysts-should-know-about-organizational-behavior-management-obm/#comment-11260 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:29:19 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3255#comment-11260 Hi, i am absolutely thrilled with behavioral sciences, however my bachelor’s is not on Psychology, which is a pity 🙁
I still am eager to research though, what do you recommend?
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Comment on Bread and Butter Should Not Be a Meal: Three Reasons ABA is Stuck in DD by Ashley https://bsci21.org/bread-and-butter-should-not-be-a-meal-three-reasons-aba-is-stuck-in-dd/#comment-11256 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:02:11 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1445#comment-11256 I completely agree. The science of human behavior is so powerful, and it should be used across every context that deals with humans. Unfortunately we are a newer field coming up against people who have specified training like I/O psychology, kinesiology/employee wellness, or counseling. It seems like our field is at the same time trying to gain ground as well as become more specialized through the BACB regulations. I wonder how that will impact our reach as professionals.

On a personal note, I have not found a way to make money in ABA outside of ASD. And while I love my job and the young adults I work with, it has never been my career goal to work with this population. I’ve searched for OBM opportunities, including contacting the network, but the jobs just don’t exist where I live.

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Comment on Scaling an ABA agency with CentralReach: An Interview with Jennifer Kirby of Thrive Autism Solutions by Tristan Daeley MS BCBA https://bsci21.org/scaling-an-aba-agency-with-centralreach-an-interview-with-jennifer-kirby-of-thrive-autism-solutions/#comment-11255 Sat, 09 Dec 2017 21:43:57 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5979#comment-11255 Any thoughts to the relative cost of the platform? Last I checked it does require a significant monthly or annual subscription cost. Is that something being rolled into operating costs and then written in to future budgetary planning?

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Comment on U.S. Dept. of Education: ABA Not Enough for Autism Treatment. by Jeanette https://bsci21.org/u-s-dept-of-education-aba-not-enough-for-autism-treatment/#comment-11253 Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:21:37 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1381#comment-11253 This is really upsetting. The science of behavior is backed by research. The other approaches are important but until all students have access to ABA, you cannot say that it’s ineffective or less than. Educating students with unique needs is a collaborative process. All other “players” have had a seat st the IEP table for years but BCBAs have not been given a fair opportunity. Maladaptive behaviors interrupt academic learning from occurring. How are the other disciplines addressing such behavior? Are they? To my experience, they do not. They ask for classroom aides to accompany the students so that they do not have to manage the maladaptive behaviors.

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Comment on The unintended effects of punishment – and reinforcement. by Marie-France Akinrolabu https://bsci21.org/the-unintended-effects-of-punishment-and-reinforcement/#comment-11246 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:02:56 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5943#comment-11246 Is punishment appropriate? The question is overrated. Admittedly,one encounters punishing yet natural contingencies on daily basis. I speed, I get a ticket. Immediate natural suppressive and punishing effect on my future behavior: I will think twice before speeding next time. Lesson learned! Cooper, Heron & Heward (2007) do warn that “punishment is not about punishing the person” (p. 327) but that it is, rather, about lessening the likelihood of the re-occurrence of a specific behavior. The target is the behavior, not the person. Interestingly, Skinner (1976) warns against confusing “punishment” with “aversive control” or “negative reinforcement (p. 68). The sole purpose of punishment, he posits, is to reduce the likelihood that one will engage in the same behavior(s) in the future. He also argues that only “excessive punishment” (p.70) is inappropriate because it is uses too wide of a brush. This, according to him, leads to a concomitant decrease in the access to positive reinforcement and to the untoward collateral of punishing the person, and the world within his skin (p.24), instead.

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Comment on Making a Difference: A Week in the Life of the Behavior Analyst by Harla Frank https://bsci21.org/making-a-difference-a-week-in-the-life-of-the-behavior-analyst/#comment-11243 Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:26:30 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5586#comment-11243 Hi Tristan,
I believe that when a company places extreme expectations on its employees, it will ultimately lose its workforce – irregardless of the type of business. In ABA, we know that companies feel a need to increase their billable hours in order to stay viable; but, my observation of companies that do this is that the punishment can create an environment in which “sneaky” behavior occurs – or unethical behavior. For example, employees may compromise quality for hours or find ways to bill for services not rendered. This opens the behavior analysts and the company to criminal as well as ethical charges. To make a long story short – and to step down from my soapbox, I do not believe that companies should place unrealistic expectations on its employees. Thank you for the opportunity to address something I’m passionate about – on many levels! Harla

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Comment on Making a Difference: A Week in the Life of the Behavior Analyst by Tristan Daeley https://bsci21.org/making-a-difference-a-week-in-the-life-of-the-behavior-analyst/#comment-11231 Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:15:30 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5586#comment-11231 Harla,
How do you view agencies that have expectation in the 30-35 billable hours per week range? Many of the for profit agencies I have spoken with target 32 billable hours a week. Factoring in a 1:2 hour ratio for drive to billable service hour that would put a 48 hour commitment on the BCBA weekly just to achieve billable hour requirement. Definitely a challenge.

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Comment on How ABA Can Get You Off the Couch by vered malichi https://bsci21.org/how-aba-can-get-you-off-the-couch/#comment-11221 Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:09:08 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/2015/01/how-aba-can-get-you-off-the-couch/#comment-11221 Hi I’m student for ABA im Hebrew University I whold like to get from you artical abut ABA end this artical
thnk you Vered

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Comment on How ABA Can Get You Off the Couch by vered malichi https://bsci21.org/how-aba-can-get-you-off-the-couch/#comment-11220 Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:05:52 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/2015/01/how-aba-can-get-you-off-the-couch/#comment-11220 Hi, I’m a studwnt of ABA in Hebrew University in Israel I would like to get this artical end enother artical ther abut ABA’

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Comment on PECS giving you trouble? Use Precision Teaching. by Rachel Perella https://bsci21.org/pecs-precision-teaching/#comment-11182 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:24:31 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3600#comment-11182 Thank you for sharing this method as verbal behavior is a special interest of mine. I have not had the clicker training and I am curious as to how the clicker was integrated into the more traditional mand training in the 2nd phase). Was it something that you did immediately after she completed each of the steps (reach, touch, grasp, place into adult’s hand)? Thank you!

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Comment on Pay-nful Negotiations:  5 Tips For ABA Businesses To Make Salary Negotiations Less Aversive by Harla Frank https://bsci21.org/pay-nful-negotiations-5-tips-for-aba-businesses-to-make-salary-negotiations-less-aversive/#comment-11180 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:17:50 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5867#comment-11180 Thank you for this wonderful article, Adam! This is great advice for any company and well delivered! Harla

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Comment on “I” is just a bit of verbal behavior. by Lina Slim-Topdjian https://bsci21.org/i-is-just-a-bit-of-verbal-behavior/#comment-11101 Wed, 08 Nov 2017 22:39:59 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2901#comment-11101 I totally agree with your “words” and how you are describing the human condition and behavior as a whole. I find myself challenging myself and creating new opportunities just by saying it so! Just though my verbal behavior, the language/word choices and what I think the words represent, I have been able to recreate myself and grow personally and professionally. It is however a challenge as I find that you need to face the harsh realities of your own dark sides and insecurities, then accept them as separate entities and create new values and goals you choose to achieve or reach, and start “crafting” your path, selecting your own verbal behavior “story”, much like drawing on a canvas which has no boundaries, with endless possibilities. Thank you for sharing!!!

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Comment on Making a Difference: A Week in the Life of the Behavior Analyst by Harla Frank https://bsci21.org/making-a-difference-a-week-in-the-life-of-the-behavior-analyst/#comment-11100 Wed, 08 Nov 2017 19:52:46 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5586#comment-11100 Hi Diane,
Thank you so much for your service as an educator and as a RBT! Burnout is a serious problem in most service fields and, as an educator and RBT, you must feel the strain even more deeply. In both service fields, demands on one’s time must be very great and, sometimes, progress can be slow. So, we often hear from significant others that change isn’t happening fast enough, which can be very disheartening when we are working so hard to make those changes happen. Hang in there! You are doing so much good in both of your service fields! Thank you so much for responding to my article! Harla

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Comment on Entrepreneurial tips for BCBAs who want a new career path. by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/entrepreneurial-tips-for-bcbas-who-want-a-new-career-path/#comment-11033 Sun, 05 Nov 2017 15:18:42 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4985#comment-11033 This is great Todd. It’s also the kind of info people will be interested in hearing about on Nov 10 when you come up to Jersey.

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Comment on Making a Difference: A Week in the Life of the Behavior Analyst by Diane Laramore https://bsci21.org/making-a-difference-a-week-in-the-life-of-the-behavior-analyst/#comment-11028 Sat, 04 Nov 2017 19:07:05 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5586#comment-11028 I am a special education teacher in the public schools. I am also an RBT and I will say the 2 jobs hold most of the same responsibilities. The burn out is huge. I truly wish that society recognized this enormous impact service providers are making g in families lives. Too bad we reward some professions and not others.

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Comment on I’m a behavior analyst. No… not like on Criminal Minds… IT’S WAY COOLER THAN THAT! by Viviane Teles Ribeiro Pina https://bsci21.org/im-a-behavior-analyst-no-not-like-on-criminal-minds-its-way-cooler-than-that/#comment-11026 Sat, 04 Nov 2017 14:52:37 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5581#comment-11026 I work in a police department that investigates rape crimes against children and performs Psychological Assessment with the Functional Analysis of Verbal Behavior in the investigation of the occurrence or not of the crime.

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Comment on Forgiving Dylann Roof: Perspectives from ABA and Christianity by Ken McDonald https://bsci21.org/forgiving-dylann-roof-perspectives-from-aba-and-christianity/#comment-11022 Sat, 04 Nov 2017 12:57:14 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1001#comment-11022 It was great to see someone else discuss the integration of ABA and Christianity. I was a non-believer for 50 years and discovered the truth of Jesus after reading first the gospel of John and then the whole Bible. The EO of grace is a beautiful thing. The Bible is history, not mythology. The gospel writer, Luke was a man of science. His book of Acts is a detailed, accurate document. Faith is not blind; it’s evidence based.

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Comment on Reward and Recognize Employees Like This, Not That! by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/reward-and-recognize-employees-like-this-not-that/#comment-10956 Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:03:45 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5810#comment-10956 Thanks Brett!

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Comment on Reward and Recognize Employees Like This, Not That! by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/reward-and-recognize-employees-like-this-not-that/#comment-10955 Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:03:34 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5810#comment-10955 Thanks Candice!

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Comment on Dr. Ward: Two important lessons for ABA entrepreneurs. by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/dr-ward-two-important-lessons-for-aba-entrepreneurs/#comment-10954 Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:03:12 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5283#comment-10954 Thanks Leah!

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Comment on Dr. Ward: Two important lessons for ABA entrepreneurs. by Leah Fennema https://bsci21.org/dr-ward-two-important-lessons-for-aba-entrepreneurs/#comment-10953 Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:29:59 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5283#comment-10953 The emotional rollercoaster!! We love it,hate it, love it, go for a run, repeat… living the dream! ?

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Comment on Reward and Recognize Employees Like This, Not That! by Candice https://bsci21.org/reward-and-recognize-employees-like-this-not-that/#comment-10952 Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:10:19 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5810#comment-10952 This article is fantastic! It covers so many levels in one piece. A great easy reference to share with others. I just sent it out to my team!

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Comment on Reward and Recognize Employees Like This, Not That! by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/reward-and-recognize-employees-like-this-not-that/#comment-10944 Mon, 30 Oct 2017 23:21:46 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5810#comment-10944 Awesome article Barbara

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Comment on The Effects of Priming Beyond ABA Therapy by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/the-effects-of-priming-beyond-aba-therapy/#comment-10942 Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:20:24 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5338#comment-10942 Thanks for reading and expressing your thoughts! Talking across disciplines is kinda fun 🙂

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Comment on The Effects of Priming Beyond ABA Therapy by Bob https://bsci21.org/the-effects-of-priming-beyond-aba-therapy/#comment-10921 Sun, 29 Oct 2017 14:25:22 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5338#comment-10921 I am in total agreement with the previous comment. This priming article is not Behavior analytic. It is an embarrassment to the Facebook site and should be an embarrassment to the program from which the writer graduated.

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Comment on Top 5 Ways to Ruin Your Reputation as an Ethical Leader by Diane https://bsci21.org/top-5-ways-to-ruin-your-reputation-as-an-ethical-leader/#comment-10837 Wed, 25 Oct 2017 23:00:57 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5074#comment-10837 I would add not being appreciative of the hard work of others. There have been several surveys that show employees are happier and produce better/more when their work/ideas are heard and appreciated.

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Comment on Applying the Matching Law to Behavior Intervention by Sandy Lichty https://bsci21.org/applying-the-matching-law-to-behavior-intervention/#comment-10758 Sun, 22 Oct 2017 13:25:29 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4762#comment-10758 This helps support the encouragement of pairing a denser reinforcement schedule with a response to encourage more appropriate school behaviors.

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Comment on Considering Reinforcement from a Different Angle by Leah Green https://bsci21.org/considering-reinforcement-from-a-different-angle/#comment-10750 Sat, 21 Oct 2017 13:29:19 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4477#comment-10750 I agree wholeheartedly, but I was hoping to read examples of rewards, reinforcement, contingencies that could be applicable to adults–particularly teachers and behavior staff in an educational environment. One would imagine that the “payoff” for teachers implementing behavior procedures would be the increase of on-task, desirable behavior of their students, but this is often insufficient. Limited financial resources in most public institutions inhibit anything monetary that can be done, and reinforcers that we might use with our clients/students may not be enough (e.g., access to edibles, computer, extra free time). Are there examples that have been used successfully?

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Comment on Data Collection in Schools: Validity, Reliability, Accuracy . . . and Creativity? by Zhanna Shekhtmeyster https://bsci21.org/data-collection-in-schools-validity-reliability-accuracy-and-creativity/#comment-10718 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:04:25 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4262#comment-10718 Very informative article that resonates with my challenges and daily practice. I am a school psychologist and recently developed an app called Behavior Observation Made Easy to support school teams with data collection accuracy and reliability.

It is a simple app that help teams collect concrete data to make solid data based decisions. Formats include momentary time sample, frequency counter, duration, and simple interval timer. A random peer comparison can be included. Results can be generated as a chart to place directly into reports or as a CSV file (Excel) for further analysis. Templates can be saved for future use or shared across multiple devices so observations can be completed by a multidisciplinary team.

If you are interested, check out this introduction video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt0NwxY93VM
Email me if you have any questions – [email protected]

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Comment on Five Inspirational Quotes by Behavior Analysts by Javier https://bsci21.org/five-inspirational-quotes-by-behavior-analysts/#comment-10681 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:15:18 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2555#comment-10681 I really enjoyed this article! Thank you very much 🙂

I would like to share my favourite Skinner quotes, though: “Regard no practice as immutable. Change and be ready to change again. Accept no eternal verity. Experiment.”

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Comment on Isn’t positive reinforcement bribery?? by Eric Larsson, PhD LP BCBA-D https://bsci21.org/isnt-positive-reinforcement-bribery/#comment-10620 Sun, 15 Oct 2017 10:17:05 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5754#comment-10620 Positive reinforcement is bribery in the same way that sharing is robbery, artwork is vandalism, and making love is rape.

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Comment on Five Considerations Before Using Restraints And Seclusions by Imad Zaheer https://bsci21.org/five-considerations-before-using-restraints-and-seclusions/#comment-10613 Sun, 15 Oct 2017 02:38:49 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2809#comment-10613 Wonderful article, thank you for writing it.

It really highlights how we ought to be approaching treatments and other supports in the field. I may only slightly disagree with the function point (everything we do has a function) but probably reword it as it’s not for social valid therapeutic reasons (we are using it when nothing else works as a necessity).

I also think those who are responding above in opposition are missing the key element in understanding restraints as necessary but not desired versus putting some type of apriori ban on restraints as a strategy in emergency situations.

I don’t know about others but that’s the only time restraints or any other type of aversive/potentially harmful procedures are put into place is when everything else fails. I certainly hope behavior analyst are using restraints or seclusions when other non-aversive, non-restrictive methods are available. So to claim it’s anything more than what we do when treatment fails is shocking. And if and when there are cases where restraint/seclusion is required (life or death), I would hope we would still consider this a failure and continue to advance our science to the point where we no longer have to.

This topic reminds me of this article, which is about a school (where I trained) that was able to get rid of most of their restraints, hospital visits, and injuries to students and staff.

https://www1.lehigh.edu/news/respect-begets-respect

It’s not meant to prove restraints are not necessary but does highlight some key issues surrounding this topic, including the perception that nothing else is working and restraints are the only option. They use to restrain all the time and thought it was just the way the clients were until they were able to get better practices in. But of course everyone anywhere that regularly uses restraints and seclusion says that. The JRC folks still say that, I asked for evidence last time and got anecdotes and some very loose case studies that did not ever document proper history of non-aversive, positive procedures with high fidelity under the right expertise.

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Comment on January Edition of “You Know You’re a Behavior Analyst When…” by Jacqueline Duvall https://bsci21.org/january-edition-of-you-know-youre-a-behavior-analyst-when/#comment-10612 Sun, 15 Oct 2017 02:19:32 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2627#comment-10612 Yes upon yes.

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Comment on Isn’t positive reinforcement bribery?? by James McMullen https://bsci21.org/isnt-positive-reinforcement-bribery/#comment-10611 Sun, 15 Oct 2017 01:34:47 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5754#comment-10611 Excellent topic to discuss. It’s one of the things that need to be discussed in the classroom with all staff members that may not be as well versed in the ABA field. Like you mention in the article, this can end up reinforcing problem behaviors.

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Comment on “Big, Bad John! A “Cheeky” Look at Toilet Training by Harla Frank https://bsci21.org/big-bad-john-a-cheeky-look-at-toilet-training/#comment-10610 Sun, 15 Oct 2017 00:35:11 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5685#comment-10610 Hi Sean,

Thank you so much for your post! You are absolutely right about the importance of excellent data! I believe that determining the child’s toileting schedule is vital to success, so your intensive dry checks every 10-minutes would absolutely set you up for the determination of an accurate toileting schedule that your parents – and others – can follow! Thank you for this! Harla

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Comment on Drones and Behavior Analysis: From Pizza Delivery to Autonomy by Harvey Evans https://bsci21.org/drones-and-behavior-analysis-from-pizza-delivery-to-autonomy/#comment-10577 Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:12:21 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/2013/06/drones-and-behavior-analysis-from-pizza-delivery-to-autonomy/#comment-10577 Very well written and thought-provoking article. Are the defining characteristics of being human or being “alive” (i.e., an organism) behavioral or biological? If behavioral,the line between humans and machines is becoming a little less clear.

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Comment on “Big, Bad John! A “Cheeky” Look at Toilet Training by Sean Simons https://bsci21.org/big-bad-john-a-cheeky-look-at-toilet-training/#comment-10540 Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:09:00 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5685#comment-10540 My experience with intensive toilet training, like all other ABA treatments, taught me the value of having high-quality data. When I run toilet training protocols I spend an entire day in BL conducting dry checks every 10 min, scheduled sits every hour, and fluid loading that progressively fades across the day. Once you have a stable baseline, it’s not difficult to implement scheduled sits with a DRA for continent voids along with some standardized decision rules for increasing sit times.

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Comment on A Letter to My Younger Self: Five Things I Would Have Done Differently as a Young Behavior Analyst by Imad Zaheer https://bsci21.org/a-letter-to-my-younger-self-five-things-i-would-have-done-differently-as-a-young-behavior-analyst/#comment-10499 Sun, 08 Oct 2017 15:48:00 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4007#comment-10499 Good article and fun exercise to do to look back at one’s career.

However, I would give the exact opposite advice for number 1.

I think that type of training leads to the problems we have in behavior analysis in being more widely accepted and our methods disseminated. It puts us into academic ghettos and gives a cult like mentality to the field.

Especially for those of us who aspire to be scientist and science based practitioners, we shouldn’t pick our methods/education on a community of practice but on what best science shows us. The former breeds loyalty to a group (arbitrarily), the latter loyalty to science and best practices.

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Comment on The Top 5 Challenges of an RBT… And Their Solutions by Erik Karff https://bsci21.org/the-top-5-challenges-of-an-rbt-and-their-solutions/#comment-10470 Fri, 06 Oct 2017 17:46:44 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3459#comment-10470 This looks fantastic, especially for RBTs who are leaving the honeymoon phase and beginning to get in touch with the more challenging aspects of the job. I’ll be sharing.

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Comment on A Call to Action:  Behavior Analysts, It’s Time to Save the World by Sridhar Aravamudhan https://bsci21.org/a-call-to-action-behavior-analysts-its-time-to-save-the-world/#comment-10456 Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:50:58 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3909#comment-10456 Adam, Another great read and incisive analysis.
One of the problems I see is that behavior analysts really specialize in manipulating variables and study how the principles work with one individual a time or at best a small group with group contingencies.
How can we say confidently that we have solutions that will be effective with hundreds, thousands and millions.At that stage we are talking about complex interactions of individual conditioning histories of 1000 s of people, observational learning, rule governed behaviors and multiple factors. There could be some insights from OBM. Would love to hear your thoughts on the same and references to behavior analytic literature where large scale effects have been systematicallly achieved
Regards
Sridhar

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Comment on Fighting words in ABA? by Imad Zaheer https://bsci21.org/fighting-words-in-aba/#comment-10402 Mon, 02 Oct 2017 22:54:00 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3940#comment-10402 I completely agree with the message and support the efforts to move “ABA” beyond seen as something you do with children with Autism.

I also want to point out that many behavior analyst exist outside of the ABA term, which weirdly has become the label for autism services. This can often make us think Applied Behavior Analysis as a broad discipline is more narrowly used than it actually is.

Look at contextual behavioral science and incredible wide depth and breath of the work being done there.

You mentioned schools and OBM but shocked you didn’t mention School-wide Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports programs, which are now in 1/5th of all schools and use the OBM procedures for school wide implementation (note, they hide it well but to those that know OBM, you can find the principles there).

What I typically find though is that many people who identify with ABA narrowly seen are those who have been trained in BCBA programs with the broad vision but very little training and direct contact with the broader world of behavior analysis. This often leads to frustration but also just shock that there are other folks, who are not BCBAs, who are just as much behavior analyst as they are doing great work.

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Comment on “Big, Bad John! A “Cheeky” Look at Toilet Training by Harla Frank https://bsci21.org/big-bad-john-a-cheeky-look-at-toilet-training/#comment-10335 Thu, 28 Sep 2017 22:20:51 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5685#comment-10335 Hi Alex,
Thank you so much for your kind comments! While I used a rather “cheeky” approach for this article, toilet training programs are often part of the ABA therapy I’m called upon to design and implement and thought it might be good to “open the conversation.” Your comments are so appreciated!

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Comment on “Big, Bad John! A “Cheeky” Look at Toilet Training by Alex Delange, BCaBA https://bsci21.org/big-bad-john-a-cheeky-look-at-toilet-training/#comment-10302 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 19:17:43 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5685#comment-10302 Fantastic article, well researched and very well written, thank you! I will be sharing this post with families I work with as this is something I do on a regular basis. The information in this post is often what I say as well, the key message being that it important to individualize each potty training program for the learner. Thank you for a great resource!

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Comment on OBM Sound Bytes – Training Opportunities in OBM by Ann https://bsci21.org/obm-soundbytes-education/#comment-10294 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:12:53 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5247#comment-10294 Hi Manny, I’m a prospective graduate student researching both ABA and OBM. I noticed to practice ABA, I must be board certified. Does OBM require that as well?

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Comment on Overcoming Three Barriers to Expand ABA by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/overcoming-three-barriers-to-expand-aba/#comment-10290 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:14:43 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5547#comment-10290 You wouldn’t be the first person to combine ABA and swimming, so go for it!

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Comment on Overcoming Three Barriers to Expand ABA by Sheila K Jordan https://bsci21.org/overcoming-three-barriers-to-expand-aba/#comment-10287 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:04:25 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5547#comment-10287 I was very glad to find this article and I thank you for these insights. As a graduate student in ABA with just one year of behavior therapy with a client with ASD, I feel like a “newbie” and am still trying to discover the career opportunities that include assisting families whose children have ASD and other barriers to the “typical” learning environments that other children enjoy. One area that I have thought about using my academic knowledge and 1:1 experience doing ABA is to combine it with my swim instructor/coach certification – this seems to me to be a “niche” that is most certainly unmet in families with special needs children and adolescents – do you have any thoughts on this match of skills in the ABA world? Thank you!

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Comment on Naturalistic Environment Teaching at Brett DiNovi & Associates by tdaeley https://bsci21.org/naturalistic-environment-teaching-at-brett-dinovi-associates/#comment-10262 Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:31:42 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5672#comment-10262 The energy of the tech, and the responsiveness she received from the client were fantastic examples of the power that reinforcement pairing and positive behavior support implementation can have in improving the lives of others. Thank you for sharing!!

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Comment on 5 Behavioral Science Principles That Increase Employee Engagement by Natasha https://bsci21.org/5-behavioral-science-principles-that-increase-employee-engagement/#comment-10201 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:03:27 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5591#comment-10201 I’m really interested in how this could be applied to coaching independent clients, namely entrepreneur types?

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Comment on Three things you can do instead of accepting gifts from clients by AG https://bsci21.org/three-things-you-can-do-instead-of-accepting-gifts-from-clients/#comment-10182 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:15:06 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4485#comment-10182 What do you suggest for BCBA’s who work part of a multidisciplinary team? Other professionals do not see it as a problem and do not want to necessarily change the message around gift giving as a company?

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Comment on Making a Difference: A Week in the Life of the Behavior Analyst by Harla Frank https://bsci21.org/making-a-difference-a-week-in-the-life-of-the-behavior-analyst/#comment-10177 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:04:57 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5586#comment-10177 Hi Tristan,
Thank you so much for your kind words about the article! Yes, I do think clinic-based treatment would mitigate the “race” we engage in to get in all the billable hours and take care of our other responsibilities. I’d love to see a combination of “natural” setting and clinic-based delivery so we could still effectively promote generalization of skills. I believe that if companies (or even private practices) were to go to more clinic-based services, there would have to be more afternoon and evening hours – which BCBAs are doing anyway. 🙂 I apologize for my delay. Thank you for commenting on my article! Harla

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Comment on JEAB: How we think about time affects impulsivity. by tdaeley https://bsci21.org/jeab-how-we-think-about-time-affects-impulsivity/#comment-10171 Sun, 17 Sep 2017 18:10:19 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1249#comment-10171 Perhaps this helps to explain why I am so much more likely to actually attend social events that I have committed to in my calendar, which have a specific date attached; rather than those events that I have verbally committed to without a pre-determined date, which I often miss.

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Comment on Transferring Repertoires from Brain To Brain — It’s A Thing Now. by tdaeley https://bsci21.org/transferring-repertoires-from-brain-to-brain-its-a-thing-now/#comment-10170 Sun, 17 Sep 2017 17:47:09 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1174#comment-10170 Would love to see this explored as a possible causal explanation for genetic behaviors. Perhaps there is some neural network development in utero impacted by the parent’s life experiences?

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Comment on If Your Behavior Plan Isn’t Working, This Might Be Why. by Taeja Kluge https://bsci21.org/if-your-behavior-plan-isnt-working-this-might-be-why/#comment-10125 Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:20:11 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3200#comment-10125 I am so excited about this article and how it provides such a meaningful picture for those less familiar with reinforcement and response cost. I am going to be sharing this with the team members (teachers, mental health providers, instructional assistants). Though many are eager to see ABA applied, few seem to have a clear understanding of how our culture tends to focus on negatives and taking things away. I expect a few to have big “A-Ha!” moments! Thank you, Katherine!

Todd, is there a possibility of having a printable format accessible here?

Thank you!

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Comment on Parenting tips for more independent children. by tdaeley https://bsci21.org/parenting-tips-for-more-independent-children/#comment-10095 Sun, 10 Sep 2017 21:38:39 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5495#comment-10095 I thought the focus on improving her success through pure environmental manipulation was an excellent first step. If you don’t need to write a behavior program, then don’t.

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Comment on Making a Difference: A Week in the Life of the Behavior Analyst by Tristan Daeley MS BCBA https://bsci21.org/making-a-difference-a-week-in-the-life-of-the-behavior-analyst/#comment-10094 Sun, 10 Sep 2017 20:36:24 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5586#comment-10094 The juggle is real. Thank you for sharing this astute breakdown of the primary essential tasks of a BCBA providing in-home and in-school consultation services. Do you think that a center based delivery model for ABA services would increase the BCBA’s ability to regularly meet their essential services in 40 hours each week?

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Comment on U.S. Dept. of Education: ABA Not Enough for Autism Treatment. by Tristan Daeley MS BCBA https://bsci21.org/u-s-dept-of-education-aba-not-enough-for-autism-treatment/#comment-10093 Sun, 10 Sep 2017 18:10:38 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1381#comment-10093 Spring Schafer. I do believe that classroom aides are capable of delivering high level of services to individuals receiving 1:1 services. At times it can be difficult to compete with other environmental stimuli when providing prompts or reinforcement as planned, but if there is consistency within the classroom than a behavior plan can help lead to significant improvements in on task working time and other desirable classroom behaviors.

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Comment on The High Cost of Stress in the ABA Workplace by Natalie Savage, BCBA https://bsci21.org/the-high-cost-of-stress-in-the-aba-workplace/#comment-10087 Sun, 10 Sep 2017 09:23:40 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3178#comment-10087 fab article! Would be interesting to have a UK spin on this considering a large portion of ABA professionals in the UK are in some capacity self-employed! Where if you don’t put in the hours and do the work, you don’t get paid!

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Comment on Why We Should Say the B Word at Work by Lauren https://bsci21.org/why-we-should-say-the-b-word-at-work/#comment-10068 Sat, 09 Sep 2017 01:43:32 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5511#comment-10068 Important conversational topic that can influence every interpersonal interaction – great insights, Jess.

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Comment on U.S. Dept. of Education: ABA Not Enough for Autism Treatment. by Spring Schafer https://bsci21.org/u-s-dept-of-education-aba-not-enough-for-autism-treatment/#comment-10062 Fri, 08 Sep 2017 19:37:30 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1381#comment-10062 My apologies. I seem to have left out the first sentence of my reply post about my son having autism and needing ABA at school.

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Comment on U.S. Dept. of Education: ABA Not Enough for Autism Treatment. by Spring Schafer https://bsci21.org/u-s-dept-of-education-aba-not-enough-for-autism-treatment/#comment-10059 Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:34:30 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1381#comment-10059 YES!!!! Thank you, Amanda. The fidelity of implementation of interventions and the training/supervision are of utmost importance. Not all therapists are created equal, and we have had some “doozies.” Do you believe it is possible to train classroom aides (my son has 1:1 all day) to effectively/consistently implement ABA interventions the way a BCBA would?

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Comment on U.S. Dept. of Education: ABA Not Enough for Autism Treatment. by Spring Schafer https://bsci21.org/u-s-dept-of-education-aba-not-enough-for-autism-treatment/#comment-10058 Fri, 08 Sep 2017 17:38:03 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1381#comment-10058 I have been fighting our school district for the last year to allow his ABA therapist to work with him at school or to provide a BCBA to work directly with him. I believe ABA is essential to his success at school. They have provided behavior support services in the form of their attempting to train aides with very little education. Without the skillset from formal training in ABA, I do not believe most the aides will be able to effectively implement ABA-based strategies/behavior intervention plans at school.

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Comment on U.S. Dept. of Education: ABA Not Enough for Autism Treatment. by Spring Schafer https://bsci21.org/u-s-dept-of-education-aba-not-enough-for-autism-treatment/#comment-10056 Fri, 08 Sep 2017 17:34:12 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1381#comment-10056 Thanks for this, Joanna. I am a parent with a 6 year old on the spectrum, and I hold two degrees in psychology (one in experimental psychology). I would never jump on a bandwagon for treatment without empirical support. I am a strong proponent of ABA (when the therapeutic alliance you described is present–otherwise it is futile). I have found ABA to be much more helpful than speech or OT (not to say these have no merit) when it comes to overcoming challenging behaviors and increasing my son’s speech/communication. That being said, I also believe neurology and biochemistry cannot be overlooked and am currently seeking solutions to some extremely challenging behaviors that I believe have basis in biology.

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Comment on Making a Difference: A Week in the Life of the Behavior Analyst by Harla Frank https://bsci21.org/making-a-difference-a-week-in-the-life-of-the-behavior-analyst/#comment-10043 Thu, 07 Sep 2017 18:22:23 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5586#comment-10043 Thank you so much for your kind comment, CF! I think sharing our experiences “in the field” will help our new colleagues develop reasonable expectations.

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Comment on Dear Behavior Analysis:  From Applied Behavior Analyst, With Love  by Adam Ventura https://bsci21.org/dear-behavior-analysis-from-applied-behavior-analyst-with-love/#comment-10015 Wed, 06 Sep 2017 19:48:16 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2897#comment-10015 Thank you for the positive feedback everyone!

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Comment on Making a Difference: A Week in the Life of the Behavior Analyst by CF https://bsci21.org/making-a-difference-a-week-in-the-life-of-the-behavior-analyst/#comment-10013 Wed, 06 Sep 2017 18:39:49 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5586#comment-10013 Thank you for this article! I see this in action regularly within our field and I personally experience the juggle as well. This will be especially helpful in explaining the nature of the job to administrators.

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Comment on Dear Behavior Analysis:  From Applied Behavior Analyst, With Love  by Sridhar https://bsci21.org/dear-behavior-analysis-from-applied-behavior-analyst-with-love/#comment-9921 Fri, 01 Sep 2017 14:51:57 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2897#comment-9921 Behavior Analysts, for all their insistence on technical precision work from their heart. Written and read with love. Thanks Adam

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Comment on Dear Behavior Analysis:  From Applied Behavior Analyst, With Love  by Gianna Biscontini https://bsci21.org/dear-behavior-analysis-from-applied-behavior-analyst-with-love/#comment-9906 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 20:12:03 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2897#comment-9906 This is solid, behavioral science gold:) As a BCBA who is developing models for reducing anxiety, improving productivity and teaching healthier lifestyles, I appreciate the innovators in our field who remain respectful of science but tied to their applied values. Thanks Adam!

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Comment on “Touch Your Head” or “Make Your Bed”? Staying true to the Applied dimension of ABA when creating program goals for students with profound cognitive impairment by Amarilys https://bsci21.org/touch-your-head-or-make-your-bed-staying-true-to-the-applied-dimension-of-aba-when-creating-program-goals-for-students-with-profound-cognitive-impairment/#comment-9902 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 10:50:20 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2905#comment-9902 This article was amazing! It hit extremely close to home with one of my kiddos. Thank you for sharing.

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Comment on 6 Must-Reads for Teachers Utilizing the Principles of ABA in Public Schools by Bethany Sockel, M.S.,BCBA https://bsci21.org/6-must-reads-for-teachers-utilizing-the-principles-of-aba-in-public-schools/#comment-9734 Thu, 24 Aug 2017 03:52:07 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2753#comment-9734 “Adventures in Special Education & Applied Behavior Analysis” – Merrill Winston

https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Education-Practical-Guidebook-Understanding/dp/1597380563

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Comment on How to get people to act like behavior analysts. by Jenna https://bsci21.org/how-to-get-people-to-act-like-behavior-analysts/#comment-9729 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:20:38 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2776#comment-9729 I am an educator first and a behavior analyst second. I have always worked with pre-service and in-service teachers to understand the principles of behavior analysis by using “teacher talk”. It’s much more relatable and digestible.

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Comment on ABA is not a prescription for Autism. by John Eshleman https://bsci21.org/aba-is-not-a-prescription-for-autism/#comment-9650 Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:17:58 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2653#comment-9650 Superb commentary. Very well stated.

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Comment on Behavior Analysis and the Diversity Issue by TDWJ https://bsci21.org/behavior-analysis-and-the-diversity-issue/#comment-9635 Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:21:21 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2191#comment-9635 Bill,
Thank you for sharing. This is so unfortunate. I have done lots of research and have not seen any organizations, groups of support for minorities yet. This is a bit scary just coming into the field after obtaining a MS in Psychology and working on BCBA in PA.

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Comment on Behavior Analysis and the Diversity Issue by TDWJ https://bsci21.org/behavior-analysis-and-the-diversity-issue/#comment-9634 Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:15:49 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2191#comment-9634 M.T.,
Thank you for your experience. I am African American female and wanted to know the issue with racial disparities in this field. I am currently working on my BCBA and will finish in May 2018. My biggest fear is what you mentioned about not being able to obtain a job that I would be qualified for, but my skin color will deter me from getting it. I am sorry that you had to endure such blatant disrespect.

I am trying to get my hours needed for the certification and being met with decline after decline. It made me realize that I made the wrong choice although my passion is working with children and their families.
I also found that when applying for positions they would ask me to apply for the assistant or lower positions and not the positions applied for.

Please offer some suggestions in moving forward. Can anyone also open the way for minorities in this field without feeling displace or uncomfortable while working in it?

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Comment on Four Simple Leadership Behaviors for Success by Katherine Lorente https://bsci21.org/four-simple-leadership-behaviors-for-success/#comment-9604 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:17:47 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5515#comment-9604 Brett this article is very useful for me as a special educator. I can apply some of the principles mentioned as I work with teachers and assistants this upcoming school year. As always thanks for sharing the information.

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Comment on An ABA Practitioner’s Guide to Evidence-Based Staff Training by Jeremy Wilson https://bsci21.org/an-aba-practitioners-guide-to-evidence-based-staff-training/#comment-9467 Wed, 09 Aug 2017 23:27:23 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2229#comment-9467 Possible modification?:
Step 6: Establish Accuracy
Step 7: Achieve Fluency (RESAA Outcomes)

RESAA outcomes would easily translate over. We need more focus on fluent implementation of instructional procedures.

Regardless, a great article and reminder about how to train staff! Thank you for sharing!!

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Comment on Halloween in the 1900s: How Applied Behavior Analysis shaped the future of Trick-or-Treating by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/halloween-in-the-1900s-how-applied-behavior-analysis-shaped-the-future-of-trick-or-treating/#comment-9463 Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:55:17 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2130#comment-9463 Yes, you’re right. Skinner never called it ABA either! The focus of this article was on the principles.

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Comment on Square Peg in a Round Hole – Special Education Teacher Evaluation Systems by Amanda https://bsci21.org/square-peg-in-a-round-hole-special-education-teacher-evaluation-systems/#comment-9460 Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:18:52 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2170#comment-9460 This is so incredibly true. I was told by an administrator that I didn’t believe all students could learn. It’s strange… I have three bachelors degrees in education and have been a special education teacher for 6 years now. I’ve now moved onto a master’s degree focused on ABA. I’m still trying to figure out how her rubric could figure that out. Amazing, when you’re meeting every child where they are, none of your students are verbal and you’re writing all of this based on individual assessments that you could determine that from one 15 min observation. Square peg round hole, or people that are observing that have zero experience in working with some of the populations in their buildings?

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Comment on Halloween in the 1900s: How Applied Behavior Analysis shaped the future of Trick-or-Treating by James Beard https://bsci21.org/halloween-in-the-1900s-how-applied-behavior-analysis-shaped-the-future-of-trick-or-treating/#comment-9457 Wed, 09 Aug 2017 01:50:00 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2130#comment-9457 I like this story about Des Moines but it wasn’t ABA. It was a concerned citizen. ABA didn’t exist as a technology then.

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Comment on How ABA Got Drivers To Hang Up And Buckle Up by Michael Stalter https://bsci21.org/how-aba-got-drivers-to-hang-up-and-buckle-up/#comment-9437 Sun, 06 Aug 2017 23:25:41 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1917#comment-9437 We sure could use any influence in Detroit to reduce cell phone usage while driving as well as buckling up seat belts. We have laws here against both, which are ignored and not enforced. I applaud the effort to find ways to help affect a change in this.

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Comment on Why Behavior Analysis Needs to Keep Up with Other Sciences by Amanda Williams https://bsci21.org/why-behavior-analysis-needs-to-keep-up-with-other-sciences/#comment-9417 Sun, 06 Aug 2017 10:54:03 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1337#comment-9417 As a current teacher that has completed coursework in preparation for the BCBA exam I feel like the points Chelsea makes are very important. I have had BCBAs in my classrooms working with my students as consultative services that do not seem to consider anything outside of the very specific area they’re focusing on. I understand the background and I understand the approach now that I have spent the last 3 years of my life doing coursework / preparation, but I see Chelsea’s point first hand. I feel like if BCBAs as a field do not consider other areas, the research in other areas and use that information to make informed decisions, then those practitioners are missing the boat so to say on some important variables at play. I really enjoyed reading your perspective!
As a side note: I also came across a similar study question and realized quickly my original response (which was the “incorrect response”) was outside of the thinking of my exam prep.

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Comment on U.S. Dept. of Education: ABA Not Enough for Autism Treatment. by Amanda Williams https://bsci21.org/u-s-dept-of-education-aba-not-enough-for-autism-treatment/#comment-9415 Sun, 06 Aug 2017 10:39:02 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1381#comment-9415 I have spent the last 6 years as a special education teacher. I have worked with children from K-6 in a range of regular education classrooms, self contained classrooms and clinical (ABA driven) programs. I also have a MS in Psych with a focus on ABA. I am in preparation to take the BCBA exam currently. That all being said, I can completely understand collaboration with other service providers and how important that aspect is to the progress that is made. This is an important part to a successful and individualized program. However, years of research also provides the backing for the use of ABA. That being said it is vitally important that the interventions are applied with fidelity. Individuals applying these interventions must be trained and supervised. I have seen first hand in my experiences that staff or even BCBAs themselves have created these types of situations above where families are not positively impacted by services because things are not being handled properly. This was part of my motivation to move forward with my own knowledge base of the field. I do stand that ABA is effective, but it has to be done the right way and with each different child / individual in mind.

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Comment on Positive vs. Negative Reinforcement is Useless! by Jon B https://bsci21.org/positive-vs-negative-reinforcement-is-useless/#comment-9343 Sat, 05 Aug 2017 00:34:45 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1932#comment-9343 Skinner (1938) initially used “negative reinforcement” to refer to the decrease in rate of lever pressing after an electric shock was applied contingent on the response; a process we would all label punishment today. In that sense positive or negative referred to the direction of rate change (up or down) and reinforcement simply meant strengthening that rate change. I kinda wish we stuck with that definition. Makes more sense to me.

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Comment on U.S. Dept. of Education: ABA Not Enough for Autism Treatment. by Camille https://bsci21.org/u-s-dept-of-education-aba-not-enough-for-autism-treatment/#comment-9333 Fri, 04 Aug 2017 20:13:32 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1381#comment-9333 Vicki I completely agree.

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Comment on U.S. Dept. of Education: ABA Not Enough for Autism Treatment. by Vicci Tucci https://bsci21.org/u-s-dept-of-education-aba-not-enough-for-autism-treatment/#comment-9183 Wed, 02 Aug 2017 01:07:05 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1381#comment-9183 I have spent over 30 years working as a Behavior Analyst (BCBA) for 18 years. I truly a Skinnerian but I also value others evidenced-based practices such as Direct Instruction and Precision Teaching. Plus, I have learned the value of collaborating with other disciplines (e.g., SLPS and OTs). I learned early on in our field that if we come on as the “expert”, we are less likely to be able to ever influence other disciplines. In addition, I learned an awful lot from the paraprofessionals. BCBAs are NOT the only ones who know anything. If we continue down this path, we will not continue to learn what to help put in place for our learners to be successful.

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Comment on The best way to diagnose autism is… by Lisa Stephenson https://bsci21.org/the-best-way-to-diagnose-autism-is/#comment-9176 Tue, 01 Aug 2017 18:20:28 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1771#comment-9176 Most of these children DO NOT have autism. While you all are trying to figure out the best way to diagnosis “autism” families are being ripped apart and our children are getting sicker and sicker. EVERY CHILD displaying symptoms of regression or a halt in development needS to be assessed for immune dysfunction IMMEDIATELY.

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Comment on Dr. Ward: Two important lessons for ABA entrepreneurs. by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/dr-ward-two-important-lessons-for-aba-entrepreneurs/#comment-9091 Sat, 29 Jul 2017 20:45:21 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5283#comment-9091 So true Todd

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Comment on Protecting the Future of our Field by Imad Zaheer https://bsci21.org/protecting-the-future-of-our-field/#comment-9088 Sat, 29 Jul 2017 19:29:18 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5423#comment-9088 I actually thought this article was about how we need to move beyond being seen as behavior analysis = autism services or our field will just further boxed into a corner. I made the wrong assumption so nothing to take away from the article itself but I do seriously think that we need to focus on what we narrowly perceive behavior analytic practice to be, especially in terms of well-controlled, highly staffed, “centers”. <– Note, those are really really important and good work is done in them but it’s far from the vision of behavior analysis. Skinner’s dream of saving the world, simply won’t happen within those constraints or certainly not with having every other person in the world being a BCBA.

I’ll be curious how BACB and BCBAs plan on handling all of these practices issues when it comes to scaling up. APBS and ACBS have done a great job of it but many of the criticisms raised in the articles can be raised (in some cases) against these two initiatives. Don’t we, as behavior analyst (note, not just BCBAs), need to have a broader conversation regarding expanding behavior analysis beyond individuals with what autism and what tradeoffs will look like in that respect between rigorous data collection and wide scale change?

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Comment on How can parents find effective reinforcers? by Martha Gabler https://bsci21.org/how-can-parents-find-effective-reinforcers/#comment-8657 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:34:40 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5405#comment-8657 Hello Leanne,

Thank you for this excellent article! It’s so important to find things that the child likes and values, as opposed to what we parents “think” he or she likes or should value. It’s so important to be aware that a child’s likes and preferences will change over time, and that we have to stay on top of those changes.

And finally, it’s so important to realize that when the reinforcers fail (i.e., are no longer valuable to the learner), that then the behavior plan is stuck.

Developing reinforcers and monitoring the child’s likes and dislikes are critically important for the child’s success.

Thank you!

Martha Gabler

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Comment on How can parents find effective reinforcers? by Richard McManus https://bsci21.org/how-can-parents-find-effective-reinforcers/#comment-8654 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:15:34 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5405#comment-8654 Lovely Leanne! RIGHT to the heart of the problem. “Reinforcement doesn’t work” is one of the great awful statements of all time!

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Comment on Motivating Operation: Culprit or Unsung Hero? by Sridhar https://bsci21.org/motivating-operation-culprit-or-unsung-hero/#comment-8608 Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:47:22 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5171#comment-8608 Great Read. Found some new food for thought, especially about the role of vicarious experiences in altering value of reinforcers. I am also able to think of the role of rules in enhancing the reinforcer value. Great article, thanks for sharing.

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Comment on 5 things Behavior Analysts should know about Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) by Jack https://bsci21.org/5-things-behavior-analysts-should-know-about-organizational-behavior-management-obm/#comment-8146 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:13:49 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3255#comment-8146 Great write-up, Dan. I just stumbled upon this after conducting an OBM Google search. I’m a student at Rowan (MA ABA) and also a detective (FT) and 1SG (PT) in the military. I am new to the field of ABA and extremely interested in OBM. This is right up my alley. Until recently, I was unaware of its existence in the ABA field. (Even Brett DiNovi commented – what a small world)

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Comment on The Effects of Priming Beyond ABA Therapy by Mark Stafford, MA,LPA,BCBA https://bsci21.org/the-effects-of-priming-beyond-aba-therapy/#comment-7920 Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:52:51 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5338#comment-7920 This article is not behavior analysis. No one who has studied behavior analysis in any depth would utter such nonsense as: “In ABA we are accustomed to top-down influences which rely on higher level cognitive processes to make decisions based on our prior knowledge, which then lead to emotions, and finally, a response in the body.” No, we are not accustomed to “relying on “higher level cognitive processes.” Skinner offers behavioral explanations for these processes quite nicely in Science and Human Behavior (Skinner 1953), Verbal Behavior (Skinner, 1957) and About Behaviorism (Skinner, 1974). There is no point in looking to cognitive processes as an intermediary step in an analysis of priming or other behavior.

Behavior Analysis in the 21st Century should consider revising editorial policies and accept only behaviorally based works. Students and newly certified behavior analysts may be confused when an article is published that is so far off from a behavioral account. Our Professional and Ethical Compliance Code section 6.01(a) states: “Above all other professional training, behavior analysts uphold and advance the values, ethics, and principles of the profession of behavior analysis.” It does not appear that this article is in compliance with that section, as the explanation is actually contrary to the principles of the profession.

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Comment on The BCAT: A Certification Designed for ABA and Autism Treatment by Skelly https://bsci21.org/the-bcat-a-certification-designed-for-aba-and-autism-treatment/#comment-7841 Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:59:42 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5294#comment-7841 The APBA put out an article about assessing alternative credentials. Please check that out. The BACB is the gold standard. There are many other credentials popping up please do your due diligence in assessing each.

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Comment on Police Reward Good Behavior by Harla Frank https://bsci21.org/police-reward-good-behavior/#comment-7839 Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:36:38 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/2015/03/police-reward-good-behavior/#comment-7839 Hi Dr. Ward,

This is such an incredible story about behavior analysis in action! 🙂 As I was reading your article, I kept thinking, “Wow! What a great way to build rapport with the community.” We live up to others’ expectations of us, so I wonder if it will promote a deeper sense of respect for local laws.

Great article!

Harla

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Comment on Why you should think about transitions differently. by Valerio Celedon MS CCC-SLP, BCBA https://bsci21.org/why-you-should-think-about-transitions-differently/#comment-7518 Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:54:22 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5278#comment-7518 At times and not with all learners, visual schedules do serve as an SD (discriminative stimulus) for challenging behavior, as we are nonverbally signaling to the student, “Here comes the nonpreferred task buddy.” Great article. Thanks and praise to you for contributing continuously!

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Comment on Why you should think about transitions differently. by Martin Sheehan https://bsci21.org/why-you-should-think-about-transitions-differently/#comment-7514 Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:08:06 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5278#comment-7514 Nice analysis of different functions for different components

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Comment on Why you should think about transitions differently. by Beverly https://bsci21.org/why-you-should-think-about-transitions-differently/#comment-7513 Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:55:08 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5278#comment-7513 I think it depends on where the person is transitioning to/from. My grandson is 4 1/2, he lives with his mom in a very poverty stricken situation. My family, his fathers family are not in that situation. His transition from her to me is wonderful, he practically runs away from her, but his return is very traumatic for us all. He begins to cry as soon as we turn onto the street where he lives with her. He goes into a sad, depressed state screams and cries excessively. I believe these children should be taken seriously as to why they don’t want to transition at a time. I prepare him 4-5 days in advance of the transition. I know that he knows that he does not want to go there. He’s not fed properly, her home is filthy and crowded, he has no down time and no space to move around. We should take the child’s feelings into consideration as to why he/she does not want to transition. Why can’t the therapists move, or the teachers move. Not the child. Their brains don’t work like ours, but they do function and some very well. My grandson is high functioning.

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Comment on Why you should think about transitions differently. by Tara Sines https://bsci21.org/why-you-should-think-about-transitions-differently/#comment-7512 Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:16:07 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5278#comment-7512 Teaching students the classroom schedule, flow of it, areas, and activities in each area is where I start in the beginning of the year. Each area is paired with reinforcement and once the students are willfully moving through the classroom schedule, reinforcement is then made contingent on engagement in other learning tasks. This shaping takes about a month from my experience. Task completion is not a goal for all students, but helping them build their stamina for longer periods of focus is. I too find that antecedent interventions aren’t always effective for a variety of reasons, and sometimes adding additional reinforcement procedures in response to this lack of transitional behavior may not always be necessary if we take the time to mindfully and patiently shape behavior.

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Comment on Why you should think about transitions differently. by Martha Gabler https://bsci21.org/why-you-should-think-about-transitions-differently/#comment-7511 Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:57:50 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5278#comment-7511 Dear Shelly,

Thank you for this interesting article. It is an excellent reminder of the role of the ABCs (Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence),and the crucial importance of the Consequence in maintaining behavior.

It seems that many people turn to antecedent-based strategies because they are unaware of how to implement consequence-based strategies.

In regards to transitions, the consequence-based approach known as Teaching with Acoustical Guidance (TAGteach) has been demonstrated to be effective in reducing problem behavior during transitions. Please see link to the research abstract here: http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/etd/5443/. The PDF of the complete report is available at the bottom of that reference.

Thank you for raising this important issue.

Sincerely,
Martha Gabler
Autism Parent
TAGteach Faculty

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Comment on Fighting Cancer with Positive Reinforcement by Rhiannon https://bsci21.org/fighting-cancer-with-positive-reinforcement/#comment-7368 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:14:52 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/2015/02/fighting-cancer-with-positive-reinforcement/#comment-7368 Amazing to see ABA animal training and biotechnology coming together. It was something I thought of during my biomedical science degree which then developed into studying ABA. Would love to see more comes of research collaboration between these faculties.

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Comment on Top 5 Ways to Ruin Your Reputation as an Ethical Leader by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/top-5-ways-to-ruin-your-reputation-as-an-ethical-leader/#comment-7288 Sat, 10 Jun 2017 03:00:48 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5074#comment-7288 thanks Autumn

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Comment on Mentoring in Behavior Analysis: How Mentoring Has Changed and the Value It Brings to Both the Mentor and the Protégé by Shweta https://bsci21.org/mentoring-in-behavior-analysis-how-mentoring-has-changed-and-the-value-it-brings-to-both-the-mentor-and-the-protege/#comment-7264 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 07:01:54 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3231#comment-7264 how to decide in which situations should we do mentoring and in which situations, only supervision is considered? is mentoring always considered voluntary work?

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Comment on Behavior Analysis and the Diversity Issue by Bill https://bsci21.org/behavior-analysis-and-the-diversity-issue/#comment-7260 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 04:00:37 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2191#comment-7260 As a male School Psychologist and soon to be BCBA I most definitely feel to be a minority in the field. Not sure how PC it is to say this, but I experienced outright gender discrimination in both my training program and workplace, and feel grateful that the discrimination was squarely addressed in my training program. In the workplace, i feel it’s just so embedded and rampant that it’s scoffed at if ever brought up.

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Comment on The ABCs of Caregiver Attendance Behavior by Martin Sheehan https://bsci21.org/the-abcs-of-caregiver-attendance-behavior/#comment-7196 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:21:09 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5237#comment-7196 Nice article, I especially liked the consequences advice

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Comment on 3 Tips to Improve Behavioral Self-Management by Erin Grubbs https://bsci21.org/3-tips-to-improve-behavioral-self-management/#comment-7194 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 13:46:57 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3659#comment-7194 Earlier I was reading an article and it dawned on me WHY the strategy I used to get through my dissertation (on a topic that quickly became extremely dull…prior to my conversion to the ABA team). At the time, I was in a clinical practicum in an ADHD clinic and pushed the use of timers to help with homework completion. By setting my personal timer for a fixed time NCE on a (almost ridiculously) dense schedue, I managed to get through! Noncontingent Escape may be my new self-management toy.

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Comment on Top 5 Ways to Ruin Your Reputation as an Ethical Leader by Autumn https://bsci21.org/top-5-ways-to-ruin-your-reputation-as-an-ethical-leader/#comment-7193 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 13:23:52 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5074#comment-7193 Great article Brett! I think the biggest hurdle for our growing field is ensuring that the science BCBA’s are held accountable to applying in service settings, is also applied at the organizational level. Practicing in one paradigm while being managed with another can create a dichotomy that makes it hard to be effective. A big high 5 to you for leading the way with your own team!

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Comment on The Top 4 Insurance Policies for ABA Providers by Shelly Lynn Henry, MS, BCBA https://bsci21.org/the-top-4-insurance-policies-for-aba-providers/#comment-7061 Sat, 03 Jun 2017 11:43:18 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5222#comment-7061 This is very helpful Dr. Ward, thank you.

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Comment on When “First, Then” isn’t working. by Shelly Lynn Henry, MS, BCBA https://bsci21.org/when-first-then-isnt-working/#comment-7001 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:46:36 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5130#comment-7001 Thank you Leanne for the article. This is a nice example of the use of First, Then and something useful I can share with my clients and their families. Thank you for your effort.

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Comment on A Behavioral Look at the Rise and Fall of Trust in Our Society by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/a-behavioral-look-at-the-rise-and-fall-of-trust-in-our-society/#comment-6725 Mon, 15 May 2017 22:28:52 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5056#comment-6725 Nice Adam. I agree that ratings after the use of a service can drive the usage of it.

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Comment on 3 Tips to Improve Behavioral Self-Management by Daniel B. Sundberg https://bsci21.org/3-tips-to-improve-behavioral-self-management/#comment-6673 Fri, 12 May 2017 23:40:01 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3659#comment-6673 That’s fantastic!

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Comment on A Call to Action:  Behavior Analysts, It’s Time to Save the World by Paulie Gavoni https://bsci21.org/a-call-to-action-behavior-analysts-its-time-to-save-the-world/#comment-6654 Thu, 11 May 2017 16:48:44 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3909#comment-6654 Great article Adam. There is a great book on the topic I’d highly recommend. Running Out of Time: Introducing Behaviorology to Help Solve Global Problems https://www.amazon.com/dp/1927744024/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_apa_Evjfzb8WMFX0J

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Comment on 3 Tips to Improve Behavioral Self-Management by Emaley https://bsci21.org/3-tips-to-improve-behavioral-self-management/#comment-6627 Tue, 09 May 2017 22:10:00 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3659#comment-6627 I’m going to print his article up and hang on my wall until I start implementing some of these! Thank you!

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Comment on PECS giving you trouble? Use Precision Teaching. by Sherry Forzley, Ma, BCBA https://bsci21.org/pecs-precision-teaching/#comment-6619 Tue, 09 May 2017 14:25:24 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3600#comment-6619 Love this!! PT can be incorporated in a wide variety of skill sets. Kudos to you for thinking creatively.

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Comment on 10 Myths of Applied Behavior Analysis by I know https://bsci21.org/10-myths-of-applied-behavior-analysis-html/#comment-6469 Wed, 03 May 2017 15:36:15 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/2015/04/10-myths-of-applied-behavior-analysis/#comment-6469 ABA is already doing that. Behaviour plans are made to specifically support a child’s needs where they are lacking, whether it is eye contact or social skills or self-injurious behaviours to address those behaviours. The student may or may not change but they are developing skills so they can live life in the future independently, without support and ABA is the only supported method of doing so. This is done through functional assessments, observing the child in the natural environment and hypothesizing what could be a function of the behaviour. Furthermore, functional analyses can be done in a controlled lab environment to demonstrate that the true function is identified and is what provokes the behaviour. Behaviours plans are made according to these pre-intervention analyses. Applied is used as behaviour analysis is applied to humans and this is not control as it is applied to real life situations where different things can happen and you can’t control them.

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Comment on Dear Behavior Analysis:  From Applied Behavior Analyst, With Love  by Yaisy Costales https://bsci21.org/dear-behavior-analysis-from-applied-behavior-analyst-with-love/#comment-6315 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:23:19 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2897#comment-6315 Really enjoyed reading this Adam! Thanks!

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Comment on Top 5 Ways to Ruin Your Reputation as an Ethical Leader by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/top-5-ways-to-ruin-your-reputation-as-an-ethical-leader/#comment-6219 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:43:02 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5074#comment-6219 Thanks so much Richard

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Comment on Dear Behavior Analysis:  From Applied Behavior Analyst, With Love  by Paulie Gavoni https://bsci21.org/dear-behavior-analysis-from-applied-behavior-analyst-with-love/#comment-6199 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:51:25 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2897#comment-6199 Clever! Two thumbs up 🙂

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Comment on Top 5 Ways to Ruin Your Reputation as an Ethical Leader by Richard McManus https://bsci21.org/top-5-ways-to-ruin-your-reputation-as-an-ethical-leader/#comment-6196 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:31:21 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5074#comment-6196 Thanks Brett–very concise and readable and deserving of a wider readership. I am so happy to see work through behavioral principles being spread to a more diverse audience. Hope your articles can find that audience as well as this one!

Great job!

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Comment on Behavioral Momentum, Positive Reinforcement and Early School Experiences by Richard McManus https://bsci21.org/behavioral-momentum-positive-reinforcement-and-early-school-experiences/#comment-6168 Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:27:48 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2826#comment-6168 Recently seeing a student who has been taught that he cannot learn. He was doing very well, but now seems reluctant to go any further. Trying to find a way to get better acceleration of ANYTHING to get him back on track. Once the momentum is lost it is so hard to restart. “An object in motion tends to stay in motion. An object at rest tends to remain at rest.”

True for human learners as well.

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Comment on ABA is not a prescription for Autism. by Jane https://bsci21.org/aba-is-not-a-prescription-for-autism/#comment-6096 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:01:41 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2653#comment-6096 Fine, but don’t disregard your ‘core customer base’ – we parents of autistic kids (esp here in the UK) are not just paying ABA bods’ salaries out of our own pockets but also fighting for recognition of the profession at national level. Sometimes it feels like it is considered just the ‘bread and butter’ side of your profession and it is a bit galling.

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Comment on Are We Realizing the Full Potential of Behavioral Science? by Harla Frank https://bsci21.org/are-we-realizing-the-full-potential-of-behavioral-science/#comment-6050 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:59:31 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=5015#comment-6050 Ms. McLean,
Thank you for a very relevant and timely article! It has long been a concern that behavior analysts need to share our science with others in everyday, conversational language that can be understood by those outside our field. Thank you for this reminder!

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Comment on 10 Ways OBMers Do It! by Paulie Gavoni https://bsci21.org/10-ways-obmers-do-it/#comment-6026 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:34:42 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2794#comment-6026 Love it! OBM holds the keys too success in many areas

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Comment on Entrepreneurial tips for BCBAs who want a new career path. by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/entrepreneurial-tips-for-bcbas-who-want-a-new-career-path/#comment-6025 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:32:24 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4985#comment-6025 Hi Matt,

Please email me at [email protected]. Thank you!

Todd

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Comment on Entrepreneurial tips for BCBAs who want a new career path. by Matt Law https://bsci21.org/entrepreneurial-tips-for-bcbas-who-want-a-new-career-path/#comment-6015 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 01:09:51 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4985#comment-6015 Todd, thank you for laying out a step-wise process to assist BCBAs in further developing an entrepreneurial spirit. There are a multitude of areas of application that I am interested in pursuing further both during and after my doctoral studies. The most pressing hinderance to my “cutting the chord”
Is the loss of financial security that I have enjoyed with my current employer. What tips/suggestions do you have to aid in facilitating “cutting the chord”?

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Comment on Entrepreneurial tips for BCBAs who want a new career path. by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/entrepreneurial-tips-for-bcbas-who-want-a-new-career-path/#comment-5930 Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:10:42 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4985#comment-5930 Thanks Dan!

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Comment on Entrepreneurial tips for BCBAs who want a new career path. by Daniel B. Sundberg https://bsci21.org/entrepreneurial-tips-for-bcbas-who-want-a-new-career-path/#comment-5893 Tue, 04 Apr 2017 17:51:46 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4985#comment-5893 Great article Todd. It’s great there is so much energy of people wanting to make a difference with behavior analysis. Couldn’t agree more than entrepreneurship is the means to this end. Not an easy path, but a rewarding one.

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Comment on Entrepreneurial tips for BCBAs who want a new career path. by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/entrepreneurial-tips-for-bcbas-who-want-a-new-career-path/#comment-5890 Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:17:22 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4985#comment-5890 Thank you Susan! Skinner would agree with you 🙂

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Comment on Entrepreneurial tips for BCBAs who want a new career path. by Susan Deikman https://bsci21.org/entrepreneurial-tips-for-bcbas-who-want-a-new-career-path/#comment-5879 Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:51:18 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4985#comment-5879 Thank you for this article. You articulate exactly what I have been thinking about – that ABA is a method, not a curriculum, and therefore can be utilized to deliver almost any content.

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Comment on Lessons on Pay in ABA from the Wells Fargo Bonus Scandal by Jeremy Wilson https://bsci21.org/lessons-on-pay-in-aba-from-the-wells-fargo-bonus-scandal/#comment-5858 Sun, 02 Apr 2017 15:33:04 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4977#comment-5858 This is a great article!! As you stated, pay is important, but not everything and if we approach this from a functional standpoint we may find that high performance can be maintained by negative reinforcement too. It seems that many of these monitoring and management systems could easily fail if not set up to be managed multiple agency staff. Any suggestions for managing these systems?

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Comment on Lessons for Talking About Behavior Analysis, from ABAI 2016 by Paulie Gavoni https://bsci21.org/lessons-for-talking-about-behavior-analysis-from-abai-2016/#comment-5815 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:23:42 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3417#comment-5815 Loved this!

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Comment on Finding the MBA in ABA: Why Entrepreneurship is in our DNA by Cheryl Fielding https://bsci21.org/finding-the-mba-in-aba-why-entrepreneurship-is-in-our-dna/#comment-5746 Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:13:43 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4950#comment-5746 Well done! Very much enjoyed reading. Keep up the great work.

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Comment on Finding the MBA in ABA: Why Entrepreneurship is in our DNA by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/finding-the-mba-in-aba-why-entrepreneurship-is-in-our-dna/#comment-5737 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:48:15 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4950#comment-5737 Hi Emaley, this article is great and very credible given you developed a successful business from scratch. Great stuff!

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Comment on Plagiarism: A Behavioral Perspective by Harla Frank https://bsci21.org/plagiarism-a-behavioral-perspective/#comment-5318 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:22:18 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4909#comment-5318 Hi Michele,
Thank you so much for your insightful comment! It actually gave me “food for thought” – perhaps the seed for a future follow-up article. 🙂 I completely agree that we need to “educate the masses” and formulating an operational definition of “plagiarism” is certainly the place to start. Even in academia, we have numerous synonyms that we use for “plagiarism” – “Academic dishonesty” is one of my personal favorites. We do need to compartmentalize the various transgressions and design tight operational definitions for each. It is really the only way we can get accurate data on the incidence. (P.S. If I write that follow-up article, I’ll be sure to cite your comment. 🙂

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Comment on Plagiarism: A Behavioral Perspective by Michele Traub https://bsci21.org/plagiarism-a-behavioral-perspective/#comment-5285 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:46:07 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4909#comment-5285 One issue I have found (at no particular institution – it appears to be a near-universal deficit) is in the definition of plagiarism. Most students can tact the punishing contingencies attached to photocopying someone else’s paper or peeking at a neighbor’s test, but many fewer are aware that taking 2-3 sentences directly from their textbook, without proper citation, constitutes plagiarism. If we are to truly combat this epidemic behaviorally, we need to start with a clear operational definition and ensure that our students know it.

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Comment on A Letter to My Younger Self: Five Things I Would Have Done Differently as a Young Behavior Analyst by Paulie Gavoni https://bsci21.org/a-letter-to-my-younger-self-five-things-i-would-have-done-differently-as-a-young-behavior-analyst/#comment-5151 Sat, 11 Mar 2017 14:36:00 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4007#comment-5151 Wise words! I especially like 4 & 5

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Comment on The Unicorn that is OBM: Believing is Doing by Manny https://bsci21.org/the-unicorn-that-is-obm-believing-is-doing/#comment-5112 Thu, 09 Mar 2017 23:12:28 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1717#comment-5112 Hi Heather, here is how to contact Florida Tech.
http://www.fit.edu/programs/8148/ms-aba-and-obm#.WMHhQBIrLUI
Sorry I just saw this post.
Manny

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Comment on Behavior Analysis and the Diversity Issue by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/behavior-analysis-and-the-diversity-issue/#comment-5077 Sun, 05 Mar 2017 16:53:20 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2191#comment-5077 Thank you for sharing your experience! We do accept guest articles if you are interested in submitting something for consideration on our site.

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Comment on Behavior Analysis and the Diversity Issue by M. T. https://bsci21.org/behavior-analysis-and-the-diversity-issue/#comment-4956 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:16:55 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2191#comment-4956 I am an African American and a BCBA. My experience in the field has been less than disirable. It doesn’t matter about my education. The field of ABA is a white girls club. If they don’t want you in, you have a hard time receiving the knowledge and experience needed to be successful in the ABA field.

I have gone on several job interviews where my color was an issue. The question is, there will be families who will not want a person who looks like me in their home. So, the assumption is if you are white, you are welcome wherever you go. If you are other, you are welcome in your own communities. Those of us in the field of ABA need to work harder to bring diversity to the forefront.

The last ABA convention I attended had about 5 African Americans out of 700 people.

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Comment on Autism, Oral Language, & Missing Curriculum: Is DI the Answer? by Nuala https://bsci21.org/autism-oral-language-missing-curriculum-is-di-the-answer/#comment-4941 Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:04:41 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4565#comment-4941 Is there a version of this for non-verbal students?

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Comment on 3 Ways Behavior Analysis & Artificial Intelligence Will Change The World by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/3-ways-behavior-analysis-artificial-intelligence-will-change-the-world/#comment-4939 Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:33:27 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4757#comment-4939 Thanks Michael Maloney

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Comment on 3 Ways Behavior Analysis & Artificial Intelligence Will Change The World by Michael Maloney https://bsci21.org/3-ways-behavior-analysis-artificial-intelligence-will-change-the-world/#comment-4887 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:26:35 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4757#comment-4887 Brett,
Anything that has structure and is repetitive will become digital. Three powerful behavioral technologies, Behavior Analysis, Direct Instruction and Precision Teaching are all prime candidates to become digital learning tools. I am in the midst of creating such a system to teach reading and math as part of the solution to the problem of illiteracy. I am encouraged by your perspective on this development.

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Comment on The Unicorn that is OBM: Believing is Doing by Heather Primus https://bsci21.org/the-unicorn-that-is-obm-believing-is-doing/#comment-4886 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:47:59 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1717#comment-4886 Hi Josh & Manny

Thank you so much for this article! It is a tremendous help as I too attend FIT. I am currently in BEHP 5017a. I completed the Intro course for OBM and that is where I fell in love with this subdivision of ABA. I am pursuing the Masters of Professional ABA (and BCBA certification) and taking the courses for the certificate in OBM. I had no idea there was a degree program. I looked on the site for such a program, but could not find it. Can you please tell me how I can find this info. I am seriously interested in a degree in OBM. My email is [email protected].

Thank you!

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Comment on Applying the Matching Law to Behavior Intervention by Annette Aloiau https://bsci21.org/applying-the-matching-law-to-behavior-intervention/#comment-4737 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:11:27 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4762#comment-4737 Attenuating and intensifying the quality of the reinforcer, shortening and extending the latency, and duration of when to present the reinforcer suits application settings more efficiently than incorporating differential reinforcement. Not only did I find shaping as the most ethical and efficient way to change behavior, but also more socially acceptable because there is no extinction bursts to address. Extinction bursts can become very aversive to other people surrounding the individual and can quickly pair you with aversiveness. Great article!

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Comment on Applying the Matching Law to Behavior Intervention by Richard McManus https://bsci21.org/applying-the-matching-law-to-behavior-intervention/#comment-4732 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:24:11 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4762#comment-4732 Great article! I posted it on our Fluency Factory FB page and hope it will be very helpful to teachers who are tuned in to our page. THANKS for a very helpful article.

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Comment on On teaching skills to mastery vs fluency by Marie-France Akinrolabu https://bsci21.org/on-teaching-skills-to-mastery-vs-fluency/#comment-4479 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 20:47:37 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4592#comment-4479 It might be as simple as ensuring the social validity of the skills were are trying to build to the level of fluency. The more social validity a skill will have and the increased chances of it being reinforced in the natural environment where it matters. Considering the hierarchy of levels of learning might also be of essences. In short, what level of the Bloom’s taxonomy are we targeting for our students? Do we expect them to know (Knowledge), to comprehend (comprehension) to apply (application) what they know, to analyze (analysis), etc. the higher the level of learning the higher the functional use of a taught behavior or skills.

As educators do we not hyper-focus on a hierarchy of response competence rather than focus on a hierarchy of levels of learning leading up to abstract thinking a.k.a. concept formation that transcends people, places and time?

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Comment on On teaching skills to mastery vs fluency by Richard McManus https://bsci21.org/on-teaching-skills-to-mastery-vs-fluency/#comment-4475 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 15:02:16 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4592#comment-4475 Hello Shelley,

Very nice article, and I am sincerely hoping that your thoughts will be acted upon by many in the ABA community. My own experiences with fluency instruction, or fluency based instruction, OR Precision Teaching began with autistic teenagers in a program that I directed. My staff were amazing folks, most trained in errorless procedures through their work in Murray Sidman’s residential program WAY back at the Fernald State School. My staff and I wanted to assure that our students could learn new (and much more exciting!) tasks such as tool handling, fine motor vocational assembly tasks, etc. We used our excellent backward chaining skills to teach these tasks. BUT we kept seeing the tasks deteriorate over time. We were charting EVERYTHING our student’s did at the time, so we could see all too well that the well taught skills were falling apart, usually blocked by high frequency movements that were far better practiced. These “self stimulation” movements seemed almost impossible to stop! Eric Haughton, who we were fortunate to have as a consultant, noted that these movements were the best, most frequent movements of our students. We were regarding them as weeds in a garden of skills–he advised we learn to — USE these movements and adapt them to the skills we were trying to teach. Looking at small fragments of skill (the Big Six) changed our way of teaching AND our rate of success with our students! Keep up the good work!

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Comment on Feedback Hack: It’s not just about giving…receive. by Jessika https://bsci21.org/feedback-hack-its-not-just-about-givingreceive/#comment-4463 Tue, 31 Jan 2017 23:07:28 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4384#comment-4463 Manny, I love this article. Too often do I give and receive feedback that is never acted upon. I think it is important for us as supervisors to model the behavior we want our staff to engage in. This is something I will continue to work on and look into the remainder of your selected references.

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Comment on A Call to Action:  Behavior Analysts, It’s Time to Save the World by C.V. https://bsci21.org/a-call-to-action-behavior-analysts-its-time-to-save-the-world/#comment-4378 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 13:09:51 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3909#comment-4378 Great article! A lot to think about. I do take issue with one point: guns. You say removing guns is just an antecedent intervention. The truth is that guns lessen the response effort of killing and injuring people SIGNIFICANTLY. The truth is also that the response effort required to get a gun in this country is notoriously low. You also say that it’s JUST an antecedent intervention. What more would you like on the consequence end? Perpetrators of mass murder always receive 1 of 2 consequences: prison or death. I don’t know if we can up that consequence any more. What we do need are MORE antecedent interventions targeted at creating pro-social environmental contingencies within families and communities. Check out The Nurture Effect.
Otherwise I enjoyed this article and I found it great food for thought. Thank you.

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Comment on Autism, Oral Language, & Missing Curriculum: Is DI the Answer? by Tara https://bsci21.org/autism-oral-language-missing-curriculum-is-di-the-answer/#comment-4363 Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:37:42 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4565#comment-4363 I used this program in my classroom a few years ago. I had to dig it out of a cabinet, but all the pieces were there and it was amazing. I was also able to easily train paraprofessional staff to use it with small groups.

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Comment on Coming back to our roots: The need for behavior-behavior relations and Relational Frame Theory (RFT) to unify the behavioral sciences. by Marie-France Akinrolabu https://bsci21.org/coming-back-to-our-roots-the-need-for-behavior-behavior-relations-and-relational-frame-theory-rft-to-unify-the-behavioral-sciences/#comment-4255 Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:47:46 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4520#comment-4255 Great enlightening post! To put things in perspective, in my view, the post-Skinnerian Relational Frame Theory pushes the frontier of Verbal Behavior and Behavior Analysis. In fact, it does stand accused of possibly being “a foreign intrusion into behavioral psychology” (Hayes, Dermot Barnes-Holmes, Roche, 2001, p.vii). RFT perhaps sets the stage for the industry to move towards a middle ground between classical behavioral traditions and “an explosion of constructs” Skinner himself acknowledged as, we al know, as “private events” (i.e. “self-esteem), he explained, can no longer be ignored.
The difficulty in dealing with them, he recognizes, is that they are under the control of “private stimuli” (1957, p. 130) to which only the speaker has access. In short, over 60 years ago, Skinner did clairvoyantly already identify these private events as potential problems to behavior analysis because they cannot be predicted nor controlled since they cannot be seen.

Where does this leave us?
While Skinner did hypothesize various solutions, he did admit, disquietly, that the control over these behaviors were no match to responses/reinforcement to external stimuli that can be manipulated because the stimulus control over private events at best varies from speaker to speaker.

The heuristic you propose to “unify the behavioral sciences” in dealing with this vexing issue, is, in my view, an excellent first step towards assisting the industry in grappling and harnessing these “higher level constructs”, we cannot conspire to ignore.

Hayes, S.C., Dermot Barnes-Holmes, Roche, R.(2001). Relational Frame Theory. A Post-Skinnerian Account of Human Language and Cognition. Plenum Publishers. New York, NY

Skinner, B.F. (1957). Verbal Behavior. Prentice Hall, MA

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Comment on State of the Clinical ABA “Industry” by Daniel B. Sundberg https://bsci21.org/state-of-the-clinical-aba-industry/#comment-4178 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:30:42 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3933#comment-4178 Danielle, good point – there’s nothing wrong with non-behaviorist agencies pulling together a team of behavior analysts to start offering ABA services. There are plenty of companies and institutions that have done this effectively and ethically. What not be ok is an agency or individual presenting themselves as a behavior analyst, or providing ABA services without the necessary experience/background. Regarding dilemmas – check out this bsci article: http://www.bsci21.org/the-high-cost-of-stress-in-the-aba-workplace/

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Comment on If a behavior analyst rewrote classic literature. by Jessika https://bsci21.org/if-a-behavior-analyst-rewrote-classic-literature/#comment-4042 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:22:08 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4258#comment-4042 I love your behavioral twist on these classics! Fun article!

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Comment on The High Cost of Stress in the ABA Workplace by BCBA https://bsci21.org/the-high-cost-of-stress-in-the-aba-workplace/#comment-3918 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:08:39 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3178#comment-3918 Are you hiring?

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Comment on When a Behavior Analyst Attends a General Psychological Conference by Paulie Gavoni https://bsci21.org/when-a-behavior-analyst-attends-a-general-psychological-conference/#comment-3712 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:26:34 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1092#comment-3712 I love this perspective and attitude. We need more people like you in the field IMO. Good work here!

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Comment on Onboarding Best Practices for your ABA Agency by Lauren Lovell https://bsci21.org/onboarding-best-practices-for-your-aba-agency/#comment-3642 Sat, 07 Jan 2017 15:14:13 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4501#comment-3642 This was a great article+. A good one to start off the new year and also very timely for my situation, as I just hired a new therapist and ahve been reinforced by the content as I have done many of the suggested practices. There are a couple I haven’t done but will put into place on Monday. Thank you!

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Comment on Onboarding Best Practices for your ABA Agency by Daniel B. Sundberg https://bsci21.org/onboarding-best-practices-for-your-aba-agency/#comment-3608 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:55:53 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4501#comment-3608 Great content, very informative.

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Comment on Wells Fargo, Ethics, and OBM by Daniel B. Sundberg https://bsci21.org/wells-fargo-ethics-and-obm/#comment-3584 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 21:00:21 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4490#comment-3584 Thanks Brett! Results are very important, and in situations like these results + behaviors is even more important.

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Comment on Wells Fargo, Ethics, and OBM by Daniel B. Sundberg https://bsci21.org/wells-fargo-ethics-and-obm/#comment-3583 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 20:58:37 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4490#comment-3583 Yes, good points Gordon. The behavioral analysis is certainly not complete without taking into account individual behavioral history. There were no doubt lots of people who contacted those same contingencies but did not engage in that behavior. I imagine Wells Fargo, and most organizations, would very much like to have many more of those sorts of people.

From and organizational perspective, individual behavioral history is very difficult to assess. Even the very best employee selection instruments have only limited predictive ability, regarding future behavior. Really the only thing an organization can control are the on-the-job contingencies it establishes to encourage ethical and desirable behavior.

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Comment on Wells Fargo, Ethics, and OBM by Gordon Bourland, Ph.D., BCBA-D https://bsci21.org/wells-fargo-ethics-and-obm/#comment-3580 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 18:20:11 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4490#comment-3580 I think the explanation of the unethical behavior of thousands of Wells Fargo employees, “… the behavior occurred because the environment supported it,”” is accurate but incomplete. Undoubtedly, as indicated in the article, multiple factors in the Wells Fargo work environment contributed to many employees emitting what is considered unethical if not illegal behavior (the cautions noted regarding “pay for performance” contingencies certainly are germane). Yet, numerous employees working in the setting environment presumably contacting the same environmental factors as those facilitating unethical behavior, BUT did NOT emit such behavior. Why might some employees emit unethical behavior and others in the same environment NOT do so? I suspect that numerous contributing factors for emitting ethical behavior and not emitting unethical behavior could be involved. I think that one very relevant one, though, is behavioral history. Throughout behavior analysis work exists indicating that an organism’s behavioral history influences its behavior when contacting a given set of contingencies and other environmental factors. This reality was noted clearly in early experimental analysis of behavior work. By extension, the Wells Fargo employees did not enter the work environment as ahistorical, organisms (analogous to the old philosophical notion of being a tabula rasa). Instead each employee had her or his unique, individual behavioral history, those of some employees having produced repertories resistant to behaving unethically upon contacting the pernicious contingencies etc at Wells Fargo while other employees’ behavioral histories resulted in their being susceptible to behaving unethically in the same setting. We must be very careful that our analyses of behavior do not omit the contributions of behavioral history.

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Comment on Wells Fargo, Ethics, and OBM by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/wells-fargo-ethics-and-obm/#comment-3577 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 12:06:10 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4490#comment-3577 This is a great explanation of how organizational ethics go south by only focusing on results. Thanks Dan.

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Comment on Considering Reinforcement from a Different Angle by Bill Heward https://bsci21.org/considering-reinforcement-from-a-different-angle/#comment-3507 Tue, 03 Jan 2017 23:06:12 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4477#comment-3507 Well done Shelley. Important point nicely explained.

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Comment on Blood, Sweat, and Science: How Behavior Analysis and MMA make a Winning Combo by Richard https://bsci21.org/blood-sweat-and-science-how-behavior-analysis-and-mma-make-a-winning-combo/#comment-3451 Mon, 02 Jan 2017 13:31:34 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4430#comment-3451 Please follow this up with a discussion of how the application of ABA within this market area meets the Standards for Ethical Application of the technology of the field

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Comment on Blood, Sweat, and Science: How Behavior Analysis and MMA make a Winning Combo by Dr. Corrine R. Donley https://bsci21.org/blood-sweat-and-science-how-behavior-analysis-and-mma-make-a-winning-combo/#comment-3424 Sun, 01 Jan 2017 22:17:41 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4430#comment-3424 This demonstrates the wide expanse of the discipline of Behavior Analysis. Thank you!!!

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Comment on Blood, Sweat, and Science: How Behavior Analysis and MMA make a Winning Combo by Laraine Winston https://bsci21.org/blood-sweat-and-science-how-behavior-analysis-and-mma-make-a-winning-combo/#comment-3363 Fri, 30 Dec 2016 19:13:52 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4430#comment-3363 Excellent article. The application of ABA to sports is an interesting and relatively new practice area, with the potential to help countless individuals. Thank you for drawing attention to this important topic!

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Comment on Bah, Humbug! Why Behavior Analysts Hate the Holidays:  And 4 Quick Ways to Survive Them by Adam https://bsci21.org/bah-humbug-why-behavior-analysts-hate-the-holidays-and-4-quick-ways-to-survive-them/#comment-3042 Thu, 15 Dec 2016 06:45:08 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4306#comment-3042 Good ideas Alex, working on gramma’s contingencies can be difficult. Long histories of conditioning.

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Comment on Bah, Humbug! Why Behavior Analysts Hate the Holidays:  And 4 Quick Ways to Survive Them by Adam https://bsci21.org/bah-humbug-why-behavior-analysts-hate-the-holidays-and-4-quick-ways-to-survive-them/#comment-3039 Wed, 14 Dec 2016 04:46:01 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4306#comment-3039 Thanks Sidra, much appreciated!

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Comment on Bah, Humbug! Why Behavior Analysts Hate the Holidays:  And 4 Quick Ways to Survive Them by Alex Delange, BCaBA https://bsci21.org/bah-humbug-why-behavior-analysts-hate-the-holidays-and-4-quick-ways-to-survive-them/#comment-3036 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:34:31 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4306#comment-3036 Hilarious! Loved the reference to Grandma’s Rule, and agreed that hugs and kisses from the little ones is a much more effective reinforcer, certainly more so than praise from the behavior analyst! Perhaps we may do well in working on the grandma contingencies as they are powerful agents of change. Complimenting their cooking, after you have graciously declined their offer for a plateful, of course, is likely a reinforcer too!

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Comment on ABA Entrepreneur Series: 4 Tips for a Sole Proprietorship by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/aba-entrepreneur-series-4-tips-for-a-sole-proprietorship/#comment-3035 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:10:36 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1680#comment-3035 Thanks Nissa, bSci21Media is based in Dallas. Please reach out to us if you would like bSciEntrepreneurial services at [email protected]

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Comment on Bah, Humbug! Why Behavior Analysts Hate the Holidays:  And 4 Quick Ways to Survive Them by Sidra Collins https://bsci21.org/bah-humbug-why-behavior-analysts-hate-the-holidays-and-4-quick-ways-to-survive-them/#comment-3031 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 12:54:54 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4306#comment-3031 Loved this! Shared it with our followers on Twitter!

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Comment on Data Collection in Schools: Validity, Reliability, Accuracy . . . and Creativity? by Gabrielle Carmody https://bsci21.org/data-collection-in-schools-validity-reliability-accuracy-and-creativity/#comment-3025 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 02:29:22 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4262#comment-3025 This article resonated with me, although I work in a private school with relatively well trained staff, data collection continues to be a concern. Just getting staff to understand and appreciate ‘what’ data I am looking for and hopefully to give them an understanding of the ‘why’ as well in order to make them better front line staff is an ongoing thought. I am looking forward to reading the related articles. Thank you again for tackling the topic of real life intervention and the challenges that poses for accurate and reliable data collection.

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Comment on ABA Entrepreneur Series: 4 Tips for a Sole Proprietorship by Nissa https://bsci21.org/aba-entrepreneur-series-4-tips-for-a-sole-proprietorship/#comment-3017 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:53:35 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1680#comment-3017 Thank you so much for the information. The idea of venturing out is daunting. While I enjoy and have enjoyed years of working in many facilities and clinics, I have played around with the idea of opening my own agency and providing the quality treatment that children deserve. I would love an idea of the start up costs (I am in Texas) and the long ordeal of becoming in network with insurance providers. Thank you for all feedback!

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Comment on To Profit or Not to Profit, That Is the Ethical Question:  Five Ways Your ABA Company Will Profit by Behaving Ethically by Dr. Corrine R. Donley https://bsci21.org/to-profit-or-not-to-profit-that-is-the-ethical-question-five-ways-your-aba-company-will-profit-by-behaving-ethically/#comment-3016 Mon, 12 Dec 2016 19:14:58 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4274#comment-3016 I find the need great for articles on ethical practice in behavior analysis. Could you please write concerning specific behaviors for those in the field? Thanks.

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Comment on To Profit or Not to Profit, That Is the Ethical Question:  Five Ways Your ABA Company Will Profit by Behaving Ethically by Adam https://bsci21.org/to-profit-or-not-to-profit-that-is-the-ethical-question-five-ways-your-aba-company-will-profit-by-behaving-ethically/#comment-2996 Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:06:21 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4274#comment-2996 Thanks Dan & Brett much appreciated

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Comment on To Profit or Not to Profit, That Is the Ethical Question:  Five Ways Your ABA Company Will Profit by Behaving Ethically by Daniel B. Sundberg https://bsci21.org/to-profit-or-not-to-profit-that-is-the-ethical-question-five-ways-your-aba-company-will-profit-by-behaving-ethically/#comment-2980 Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:44:51 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4274#comment-2980 Adam – keep preaching the ethics!

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Comment on To Profit or Not to Profit, That Is the Ethical Question:  Five Ways Your ABA Company Will Profit by Behaving Ethically by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/to-profit-or-not-to-profit-that-is-the-ethical-question-five-ways-your-aba-company-will-profit-by-behaving-ethically/#comment-2964 Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:21:20 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4274#comment-2964 Thanks Adam. I love this one.

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Comment on The Seven Deadly Sins of Behavior Analysts by Han Goh, Ph.D, BCBA-D, LBA (KY) https://bsci21.org/the-seven-deadly-sins-of-behavior-analysts/#comment-2959 Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:20:49 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4072#comment-2959 Well written article n well said stephanie. Even autism speaks fails to fully address the same issue when posed the question of whether ABA therapy can be generalized to other populations. Ironically in the history of ABA, developmentally disabled populations were first recipients of ABA therapy with most of the evidence based research being where it is now. Of course other populations n areas have been explored. Insurance n legislative milestones pushed for ABA therapy in the field of autism 10-15 years ago but as practicing clinicians we should not forget our history n scope of our evidenced based clinical research.

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Comment on 6 Ways to Improve your Delivery of Non-Contingent Reinforcement by Sridhar Aravamudhan https://bsci21.org/6-ways-to-improve-your-delivery-of-non-contingent-reinforcement/#comment-2873 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:19:27 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/2015/02/6-ways-to-improve-your-delivery-of-non-contingent-reinforcement/#comment-2873 Lalli , Casey and Kates,1997 is a great study . Used NCR plus extinction successfully to reduce severe problem behavior in 2 participants. Used NCR plus extinction and eventually thinned the NCR schedule to low levels seen in natural environment.
Kahng, Iwata, Thompson and Hanley 2000 is another great reference.

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Comment on Social Skills and Staff Training in a Limousine: Using Telehealth to Implement OBM by Daniel Spyralatos https://bsci21.org/social-skills-and-staff-training-in-a-limousine-using-telehealth-to-implement-obm/#comment-2866 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:42:24 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4106#comment-2866 I must say, this is probably one of the most interesting articles I’ve read that is related to the limo industry. I always love these psychology based studies. Thank you so much for sharing! Oh and the limo on the right I agree looks much better. Love that lighting!

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Comment on When a Behavior Analyst Attends a General Psychological Conference by Tom Critchfield https://bsci21.org/when-a-behavior-analyst-attends-a-general-psychological-conference/#comment-2863 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:53:58 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1092#comment-2863 I agree with your assessment 100%. It is not too hard to find interesting things in the world, as long as one doesn’t go out into it with guns blazing as an introduction. Back when I was a graduate student and had disposable income, I made it a point to attend one new (not previously attended) “mainstream” or non-behavioral specialty conference a year. Not only did I learn tons and gain a helpful dose of humility, but I made connections that were useful later and occasionally heard awesome stories (like that of the seminal behavior therapist who thought that another seminal behavior therapist had taken credit for all of his/her ideas) that I’d have never heard at ABAI. My advice to all: Treat ABAI and related meetings the way truly recreational drug users treat their substance of choice: Have fun with it, but don’t get too addicted.

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Comment on ABA Entrepreneur Series: 4 Tips for a Sole Proprietorship by Abigail https://bsci21.org/aba-entrepreneur-series-4-tips-for-a-sole-proprietorship/#comment-2857 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 02:07:15 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1680#comment-2857 Hi Michelle,
If you do not mind my asking, what start up costs did you incur? I really want to be a center based provider and feel overwhelmed by the amount of cash in hand I would need to venture forward. I ideally wanted to rent a small office space and start with traditional ABA therapy and social groups in the afternoons, expanding into weekend services. I hope you continue to have success out there!
Abigail, R.

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Comment on Legal Tactics Used Against Schools & How Behavior Analysis Resolves Disputes by Lucy https://bsci21.org/legal-tactics-used-against-schools-how-behavior-analysis-resolves-disputes/#comment-2770 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 05:13:19 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4170#comment-2770 Thank you for the article. I like the idea of you fighting for your clients best interests. However, to describe someone in the spectrum as “severely affected with autism”, can cause discomfort to others who are also diagnosed. There are many ways to make emphasis on your point, and this should not be one of them. This is a sensitive topic and we must be careful and selective with our word choice.

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Comment on Compassionate Leadership: Mentoring in an ABA Service Provider by Tina https://bsci21.org/compassionate-leadership-mentoring-in-an-aba-service-provider/#comment-2749 Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:25:24 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4225#comment-2749 Excellent article!

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Comment on Compassionate Leadership: Mentoring in an ABA Service Provider by Sandra https://bsci21.org/compassionate-leadership-mentoring-in-an-aba-service-provider/#comment-2661 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:13:59 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4225#comment-2661 Very nice, thank you!

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Comment on Compassionate Leadership: Mentoring in an ABA Service Provider by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/compassionate-leadership-mentoring-in-an-aba-service-provider/#comment-2657 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 02:26:18 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4225#comment-2657 Well done Pierre!

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Comment on The High Cost of Stress in the ABA Workplace by Danielle https://bsci21.org/the-high-cost-of-stress-in-the-aba-workplace/#comment-2516 Sat, 05 Nov 2016 21:46:00 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3178#comment-2516 Hi Paul,
I believe that this is needed over on the east coast as well, in this Golden Age of Behavior Analysis. If you would like to act on your brilliant idea, please reach out! I am eager to address this issue.

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Comment on State of the Clinical ABA “Industry” by Danielle https://bsci21.org/state-of-the-clinical-aba-industry/#comment-2515 Sat, 05 Nov 2016 21:11:22 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3933#comment-2515 what are your thoughts on non-behaviorist agencies capitalizing on offering ABA services in this golden age? Are there common ethical dilemmas BCBAs are facing in adhering to the BACB’s code and guidelines while meeting the demands of the organization they work for?

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Comment on Using OBM to Maintain Compliance to Clinical Documentation & Prevent Thousands of Dollars in Lost Revenue by Daniel B. Sundberg https://bsci21.org/using-obm-to-maintain-compliance-to-clinical-documentation-prevent-thousands-of-dollars-in-lost-revenue/#comment-2461 Thu, 03 Nov 2016 15:05:09 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4192#comment-2461 Great OBM project!

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Comment on Using OBM to Maintain Compliance to Clinical Documentation & Prevent Thousands of Dollars in Lost Revenue by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/using-obm-to-maintain-compliance-to-clinical-documentation-prevent-thousands-of-dollars-in-lost-revenue/#comment-2444 Wed, 02 Nov 2016 23:35:29 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4192#comment-2444 Matt, this is spot on!

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Comment on Mental Toughness: Unlocking Behavior Analysis in Sport by Jeremy Wilson https://bsci21.org/mental-toughness-unlocking-behavior-analysis-in-sport/#comment-2418 Mon, 31 Oct 2016 18:41:32 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4136#comment-2418 Great article! I’d love to see behavior analysts more involved in the sports world. It may start with us current behavior analyst (former collegiate athletes) giving back to our sports to grow the game through behavior analysis. We can help young athletes build behavioral fluency and help them learn to pinpoint where/when those interlocking contingencies influence how the ball travels to the other side of the net. I’d think volleyball would be a great study for behavior analysts as the anecdotes for success are often aligned with mental states rather than observable and measurable behaviors. In turn, I’d think those athletes would also make great behavior analysts!!

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Comment on Why America is So Divided by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/why-america-is-so-divided/#comment-2389 Sat, 29 Oct 2016 00:25:08 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4146#comment-2389 Chelsea, you’ve open my eyes to systems I didn’t think about. Great article!

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Comment on Why America is So Divided by Richard McManus https://bsci21.org/why-america-is-so-divided/#comment-2359 Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:23:28 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4146#comment-2359 Chelsea I always love your blend of behavioral skills and TV background. Thanks for a thoughtful article.

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Comment on 4 Secrets to Employee Motivation Using Behavioral Science by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/4-secrets-to-employee-motivation-using-behavioral-science/#comment-2312 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:29:53 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3722#comment-2312 I love it Dr. Amy Smith. Thanks

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Comment on The Seven Deadly Sins of Behavior Analysts by John W. Eshleman, EdD, BCBA-D https://bsci21.org/the-seven-deadly-sins-of-behavior-analysts/#comment-2252 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:35:11 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4072#comment-2252 Good list. Well-stated. I agree with Diena Seeger’s comment, as well.

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Comment on Teamwork, Collaboration, and the Pesky Issue of Ethics by Jan Montgomery https://bsci21.org/teamwork-collaboration-and-the-pesky-issue-of-ethics/#comment-2222 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:59:46 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4091#comment-2222 Great reminder of interdisciplinary teamwork! Not only will our clients benefit, but as we strive to be good “teammates” we are more likely to be accepted in return leading to more behavior analysis in the mainstream!

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Comment on Billing from the BCBA’s Perspective by Daniel B. Sundberg https://bsci21.org/billing-from-the-bcbas-perspective/#comment-2178 Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:56:42 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3985#comment-2178 Nice Perspective on this.

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Comment on The Seven Deadly Sins of Behavior Analysts by Diena Seeger https://bsci21.org/the-seven-deadly-sins-of-behavior-analysts/#comment-2154 Wed, 12 Oct 2016 02:48:02 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4072#comment-2154 Well said. Applies to any practicing professional not just BCBAs.

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Comment on The Seven Deadly Sins of Behavior Analysts by Stephanie Knox https://bsci21.org/the-seven-deadly-sins-of-behavior-analysts/#comment-2090 Sun, 09 Oct 2016 14:13:24 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4072#comment-2090 Limiting applied behavior analysis to persons with autism. This is a common deadly sin that I have observed.

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Comment on Stick with the Science – Even in Silicon Valley! by Daniel B. Sundberg https://bsci21.org/stick-with-the-science-even-in-silicon-valley/#comment-2022 Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:14:28 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4063#comment-2022 Great application of OBM! Excited to read part II and hear about what outcomes this has had for the company!

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Comment on How to disseminate OBM to the corporate world. by Paul Gavoni https://bsci21.org/how-to-disseminate-obm-to-the-corporate-world/#comment-2021 Thu, 06 Oct 2016 12:28:09 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3404#comment-2021 I love the 3 step process. Well done! Thanks for writing this 🙂

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Comment on 4 Secrets to Employee Motivation Using Behavioral Science by Dr. Amy Smith Wiech https://bsci21.org/4-secrets-to-employee-motivation-using-behavioral-science/#comment-1970 Mon, 03 Oct 2016 23:02:14 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3722#comment-1970 Great articles and videos Brett! Our company ABC Group Hawaii uses a simple reinforcement where we catch others doing good things for the benefit of the company or a co-worker, answering a question about charting for a newer technician, or being caught emptying the dish rack, cleaning up the kitchen, or tidying up the toy cabinets. At monthly potluck lunches, we gather and read the comments and good deeds others have noted about that person. We also use a lottery system for a prime parking spot.

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Comment on Sustainability and ABA, Sustainability of ABA, Chasing Skinner’s Dream by Gary Carone https://bsci21.org/sustainability-and-aba-sustainability-of-aba-chasing-skinners-dream/#comment-1969 Mon, 03 Oct 2016 21:54:46 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3461#comment-1969 I agree totally! We, as a field, need to broaden our focus, not over specialize in the “hot population” of the moment. We have a unique body of knowledge that is applicable to many areas of human behavior- but the current educational system does not encourage a broad understanding of the principles of learning and the applicability to solving many human problems. We can do better.

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Comment on Human Resources for the ABA Entrepreneur by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/human-resources-for-the-aba-entrepreneur/#comment-1968 Mon, 03 Oct 2016 19:20:07 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4052#comment-1968 Thanks Criss! This article is on the Behavioral Science in the 21st Century Facebook page.

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Comment on Human Resources for the ABA Entrepreneur by Criss Wilhite https://bsci21.org/human-resources-for-the-aba-entrepreneur/#comment-1948 Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:35:19 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4052#comment-1948 Great article. Will you post it on FB? I’d like to share it with all my students, and especially former students running companies.

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Comment on DiNovi & Associates Impacting The World With ABA. by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/dinovi-associates-impacting-the-world-with-aba/#comment-1905 Sat, 01 Oct 2016 10:42:43 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3989#comment-1905 Thanks Brendan

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Comment on DiNovi & Associates Impacting The World With ABA. by Brendan Böhr https://bsci21.org/dinovi-associates-impacting-the-world-with-aba/#comment-1858 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:48:42 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3989#comment-1858 Inspiring post! Dinovi & Associates is a great model for good management in any organization.

(But I prefer “behology” over behaviorology)

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Comment on A Letter to My Younger Self: Five Things I Would Have Done Differently as a Young Behavior Analyst by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/a-letter-to-my-younger-self-five-things-i-would-have-done-differently-as-a-young-behavior-analyst/#comment-1827 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:59:14 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4007#comment-1827 Adam I love this! Its so ironic that I find myself repeating some of these same exact messages to newer Behavior Analysts.

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Comment on Education and Behavior: An Interview with Pairin CEO Michael Simpson by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/education-and-behavior-an-interview-with-pairin-ceo-michael-simpson/#comment-1812 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:58:48 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3976#comment-1812 Thank you Michael!

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Comment on Education and Behavior: An Interview with Pairin CEO Michael Simpson by Michael Simpson https://bsci21.org/education-and-behavior-an-interview-with-pairin-ceo-michael-simpson/#comment-1795 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:36:52 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3976#comment-1795 Thanks for the oppprtunityto share a bit about what we do. Really value the work you and your industry peers do. Now, if you can teach the rest of humanity to be great question askers and objectively observe BEFORE drawing conclusions, the world would be an even more wonderful place.

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Comment on About by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/about/#comment-1794 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:56:10 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?page_id=275#comment-1794 Thank you, sir!

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Comment on Are all BCBAs robots, or just mine? by Lindsey https://bsci21.org/are-all-bcbas-robots-or-just-mine/#comment-1782 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 02:37:59 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3072#comment-1782 I don’t know about others’ experience, but I have struggled to FIND professionals willing to spend time mentoring a new BCBA. This is a numbers problem, but it is a huge problem. There are so many people entering the field, and most are coming up through online programs, while working at ABA clinics started by relatively new BCBAs. Many new BCBAs have credentials, but lack well rounded experience, confidence, and fluency in our skills. I didn’t know what I didn’t know until I was in the position to need it, but a lot of newbies are being trained as one trick ponies because we are being trained by people who learned the tricks that pay the bills. Insurers are paying the big bucks for our expertise, but most of us don’t have it yet. It is numerically impossible for most BCBAs to have well rounded experience. Most of us are under-qualified, but don’t want to jeopardize careers by admitting it.

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Comment on Are all BCBAs robots, or just mine? by Lou Sandler, PhD, BCBA - D https://bsci21.org/are-all-bcbas-robots-or-just-mine/#comment-1776 Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:32:38 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3072#comment-1776 We are data driven. But we must also know how to present and make that data relevant. Behavior Analysts should also know how to connect application and function to include that which is most effective for and important to the environment(s), primary persons and, always, the focus person

The problems are less being data driven since behavior analysis shares that reality with most clinical professions. The problems instead, I think, more reflect on those BCBAs who have learned a

1) ‘one trick pony’ approach but don’t actually know it;

2) think they can isolate out behavioral analytic treatments/interventions from the person’s world and primary other persons; and/or

3) don’t actually have the breadth of knowledge and experience to function as a primary clinical behavioral provider…but don’t actually know this, either.

https://www.linkedin.com/groups/86856/86856-6185708967784697860?trk=hp-feed-group-discussion

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Comment on Are all BCBAs robots, or just mine? by Cynthia White https://bsci21.org/are-all-bcbas-robots-or-just-mine/#comment-1774 Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:36:09 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3072#comment-1774 ABA should be rewarding and positive for the clients as much as it is for the clinician. Forming positive relationships with parents and clients will lead to more success. Be human.

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Comment on About by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/about/#comment-1768 Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:38:04 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?page_id=275#comment-1768 The well-rounded topics covered in bSci.org are inspiring. Dr. Ward, I predict this information you disseminate about behavior analytic principles across so many settings will encourage the trend for the science to reach a much broader audience than it has in the past. Thanks for your contribution.

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Comment on A Letter to My Younger Self: Five Things I Would Have Done Differently as a Young Behavior Analyst by Simona Akcin https://bsci21.org/a-letter-to-my-younger-self-five-things-i-would-have-done-differently-as-a-young-behavior-analyst/#comment-1679 Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:52:52 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4007#comment-1679 Great points! As a young behavior analyst this advice couldn’t come at a better time.

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Comment on A Letter to My Younger Self: Five Things I Would Have Done Differently as a Young Behavior Analyst by Tina https://bsci21.org/a-letter-to-my-younger-self-five-things-i-would-have-done-differently-as-a-young-behavior-analyst/#comment-1667 Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:46:08 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=4007#comment-1667 Outstanding article Adam – thank you for sharing!

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Comment on When Ethical Guidelines Conflict in ABA Practice by Nicole M https://bsci21.org/when-ethical-guidelines-conflict-in-aba-practice/#comment-1578 Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:02:07 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3000#comment-1578 Amen!! Thank you for knowing our ethical code! Many BCBAs think ignorance will be acceptable as a pass for violating the codes, but it’s not.

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Comment on Use Prevent-Teach-Reinforce to Safeguard Children and Teens from Pornography Addiction by Bob https://bsci21.org/use-prevent-teach-reinforce-to-safeguard-children-and-teens-from-pornography-addiction/#comment-1541 Fri, 09 Sep 2016 21:58:24 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2967#comment-1541 While i’m all for keeping porn away from kids, I don’t understand why you’re operating under the assumption that porn is harmful. It all reads very sex-negative. Honestly, it seems that you have very little understand of human sexuality, specifically as it functions in 2016.
For instance, what data do you have that supports the idea that porn viewers need to seek out more hardcore variants or require more viewing time to climax? If that were true, wouldn’t that apply to regular vanilla sex? Yet, we don’t see hordes of sexually active people slowly needing more sex or kinkier sex to ejaculate. Sure, many people “spice things up” or discover new kinks as they mature sexually but this isn’t deviance.
Now let’s talk about masturbation for a moment. It’s completely safe and healthy not to mention physically appealing. Men tend to respond to visual stimuli like pornography. It’s been this way for a very, very long time. Now porn is much easier to attain. There’s more porn of all shapes and sizes, and those who wish to explore have a vast array to choose from. People can now explore things that interest them in a controlled environment. How is any of this negative besides the fact that you object to it morally?

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Comment on State of the Clinical ABA “Industry” by Daniel B. Sundberg https://bsci21.org/state-of-the-clinical-aba-industry/#comment-1536 Fri, 09 Sep 2016 03:22:44 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3933#comment-1536 Thanks Leasa! Glad you got some ideas from it!

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Comment on State of the Clinical ABA “Industry” by Leasa Androl https://bsci21.org/state-of-the-clinical-aba-industry/#comment-1533 Thu, 08 Sep 2016 23:58:21 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3933#comment-1533 Awesome article Dan! As a clinic owner, this gives me some really great ideas for the future. Thanks, Leasa

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Comment on Fighting words in ABA? by Fiona Clarke https://bsci21.org/fighting-words-in-aba/#comment-1518 Wed, 07 Sep 2016 11:55:33 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3940#comment-1518 I think one issue is a science where “You are desperately needed in the lab or conducting research to maintain the integrity of the science” you say. I think it is because there is a growing understanding of autism neurology and how it drives behaviour and ABA although it has been evolving (I am told) is being carried out by therapists who don’t see the need to really understand the autistic experience. We also have to deal with contradictions : saying the science is sound (it’s just the therapists), but also that more research is being done to maintain its integrity the therapists, and ABA needing to have evolved. I suppose the reason for this apparent contradiction is the science is sound, but as we go through time we realise things aren’t ethically sound. A bit like how t left handed people and gays used to be treated (I don’t think we use ABA on them anymore)?

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Comment on Fighting words in ABA? by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/fighting-words-in-aba/#comment-1517 Wed, 07 Sep 2016 10:29:15 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3940#comment-1517 Paul, very well put to use language that relates to those outside the science. After all, if we are trying to disseminate the science it needs to be understood by everyone. Thanks for the great article.

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Comment on How To Get Your Client To Listen To You by Fiona Clarke https://bsci21.org/how-to-get-your-client-to-listen-to-you/#comment-1401 Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:33:02 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2508#comment-1401 I initially connect with autistic children by keeping language right down and simple (or sometimes no language at all), resuced demands, and I pause and wait before playing/engaging in the way a child understands. So if they like to spin wheels and I spin wheels too that always gets their interest and a connection has been made.

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Comment on Behavioral Science, Gaming and Zombies: 6 Behavioral Science Technologies to make you Successful in the New Year and Beyond by bsci21 https://bsci21.org/behavioral-science-gaming-and-zombies-6-behavioral-science-technologies-to-make-you-successful-in-the-new-year-and-beyond/#comment-1395 Tue, 30 Aug 2016 02:18:12 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2645#comment-1395 Thanks for reading! Principles can be found regardless of the original intent of the developers.

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Comment on Behavioral Science, Gaming and Zombies: 6 Behavioral Science Technologies to make you Successful in the New Year and Beyond by ButtFeed https://bsci21.org/behavioral-science-gaming-and-zombies-6-behavioral-science-technologies-to-make-you-successful-in-the-new-year-and-beyond/#comment-1394 Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:02:41 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2645#comment-1394 These technologies don’t really “use” behavioral science. They just happen to involve them. The developers did not explicitly say “we designed this using shaping based on X research.”

This is pretty close to what some might call “projecting.”

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Comment on The Six Questions to Ask a Potential Employer Before Accepting a Position as an In-Home Behavioral Consultant by Emily Mandel https://bsci21.org/the-six-questions-to-ask-a-potential-employer-before-accepting-a-position-as-an-in-home-behavioral-consultant/#comment-1393 Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:39:06 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3438#comment-1393 Thanks, Daniel!

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Comment on 10 Myths of Applied Behavior Analysis by Braden Bills https://bsci21.org/10-myths-of-applied-behavior-analysis-html/#comment-1332 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:04:12 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/2015/04/10-myths-of-applied-behavior-analysis/#comment-1332 There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to applied behavior analysis. I think it’s silly to assume that all applied behavior analysis programs are the same. There are so many different people involved with so many different tactics!

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Comment on The Six Questions to Ask a Potential Employer Before Accepting a Position as an In-Home Behavioral Consultant by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/the-six-questions-to-ask-a-potential-employer-before-accepting-a-position-as-an-in-home-behavioral-consultant/#comment-1295 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 22:36:41 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3438#comment-1295 Thanks Emily! The travel part is a big one.

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Comment on Remember Why You Started in ABA by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/remember-why-you-started-in-aba/#comment-1294 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 22:33:02 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3617#comment-1294 Nice Emaley! I also find that referring back to a list of “why” I am doing something gets me through tough times.

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Comment on 3 Tips to Improve Behavioral Self-Management by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/3-tips-to-improve-behavioral-self-management/#comment-1293 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 22:24:14 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3659#comment-1293 Great ways to stay focused Dr. Sundberg. I really like the idea of one work computer and a second for play.

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Comment on You are only as good as your direct-care staff. by Brian Schaffer https://bsci21.org/you-are-only-as-good-as-your-direct-care-staff/#comment-1292 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 22:23:35 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2481#comment-1292 Thank you for this article. I am still working towards my BCBA (about 60-70% done) and have dealt with a lot of BCBA supervisors that could really use a reminder of where they came from, and that just because they have their BCBA and have other responsibilities outside of the classroom doesn’t mean they can forget about that aspect of the job. I have encountered several work environments at this point where BCBA’s just sit in the office all day and hardly show their face and then after a couple weeks of very challenging behavior they come in and tell us exactly what to do. This can be frustrating because data and accounts from the head teacher only tell so much of the story. Also, it does wonders for morale and pride when you see your supervisor be more involved. So I am hoping many BCBA’s that are program supervisors see this and realize just a few minutes a day can make a huge difference.

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Comment on Five Inspirational Quotes by Behavior Analysts by Beth https://bsci21.org/five-inspirational-quotes-by-behavior-analysts/#comment-1266 Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:00:16 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2555#comment-1266 Really great article Chelsea! I was not aware of the books by Susan Schneider and Anthony Biglan until reading your post. They both sound really interesting!As a graduate of a ABA masters course, I often find it tricky to know how to look at research from other fields of psychology. I was wondering, does Schneider’s book deal much with how behaviour analysis fits with cognitive and neuroscience research?

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Comment on NET Strategies to Transition Back to School by Sheila https://bsci21.org/net-strategies-to-transition-back-to-school/#comment-1252 Tue, 16 Aug 2016 13:56:20 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3767#comment-1252 My grandson loves trains. Which car comes first, second…? Etc. How many pieces of track, curved or straight? Is the train going to another state or country? How do pistons work? How many sounds do you hear in the word train? What rhymes with track (nonsense words accepted) ? Why do trains need water?

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Comment on Entrepreneurial Hustle:  5 Tips for Starting (and Running) a Business in ABA Therapy by elizabeth walsh https://bsci21.org/entrepreneurial-hustle-5-tips-for-starting-and-running-a-business-in-aba-therapy/#comment-1245 Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:32:48 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3728#comment-1245 I concur with the previous comments; excellent, informative article!
Elizabeth

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Comment on Remember Why You Started in ABA by Johna https://bsci21.org/remember-why-you-started-in-aba/#comment-1195 Fri, 12 Aug 2016 12:47:31 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3617#comment-1195 Having a child with Autism, where she is impacted with many things in life, I cannot express the appreciation for your work and the many Behavior Analysts who have helped my child over the years. I will never forget when a brilliant BCBA discovered my daughter (who has severe apraxia and vocal speech is hugely difficult) could say a word if we spelled the word better than an echoic of the word. The vocal behavior was controlled by hearing the order of the letters, and again produced better vocal speech. That was one of our “starts” that I will never forget.
Thank you again!

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Comment on Taking Responsibility for What We Don’t Know as Behavior Analysts by Imad Zaheer https://bsci21.org/taking-responsibility-for-what-we-dont-know-as-behavior-analysts/#comment-1179 Thu, 11 Aug 2016 21:37:54 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/2015/03/taking-responsibility-for-what-we-dont-know-as-behavior-analysts/#comment-1179 Very interesting read. Not sure what I make of Wilber’s holons and other distinctions he makes but I think the topic of reductionism in behaviorism and science in general is very interesting.

It’s particularly interesting to me in behavior analysis because I think we often walk a tight rope between “explaining” a phenomena based on behavior analytic epistemology (as Eli points out) and “explaining away” the phenomena. I think this is a separate issue from the topic of what behavior analysis has yet to explain (which is a lot!), even with RFT making great advances.

I often find that what people are objecting to is when they feel that their own first person conscious experience is somehow seen as less important or even some extreme cases, dismissed as not “true” because it is not couched in scientific behavioral terminology. Or that once we have a behavioral explanation, that the personal experience is no longer needed as it’s been reduced to behavioral lingo.

I think this is a mistake. As functional contextualism rightfully points out, behavior analysis is about approaching behavior for very specific scientific purposes with very specific goals and the epistemology/methods used are in service of those goals. That however does not undermine someone’s personal conscious experience of their life, nor does it replace it with a “better” scientific one. It adds to it, it has the personal conscious experience AND the scientific explanation.

To take the example of love, I think we would all agree that various behavioral principals can be utilized to explain love (predict and influence) but that also doesn’t substitute or reduce or explain away the personal experience of love or the qualitative account of love that people give.

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Comment on Behavior Analysis and Social Justice: Aligning Codes of Ethics? by Imad Zaheer https://bsci21.org/behavior-analysis-and-social-justice-aligning-codes-of-ethics/#comment-1178 Thu, 11 Aug 2016 21:16:48 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3757#comment-1178 Good post! I think it’s a very timely issue and hopefully more BA’s will get involved in coming up with solutions for these social justice problems.

The only one that I can highlight in my own field (School Psychology) is by Kent McIntosh, called the Vulnerable Decision Point (VDP) that is deployed for school staff to be able to pause and make better decisions based on objective procedure rather than emotional decisions in the moment, that would be based on more implicit (biased) responding.

I don’t think he has published any papers on it yet but here is a link to a presentation that covers it. Vulnerable Decision Point (VDP)

Looking forward to seeing your list in the future and what other steps we can take!

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Comment on Why the fuss over same sex marriage? It’s in the contingencies. by Emery https://bsci21.org/why-the-fuss-over-same-sex-marriage-its-in-the-contingencies/#comment-1168 Thu, 11 Aug 2016 13:18:35 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1032#comment-1168 Very good information. Lucky me I ran across your website by chance (stumbleupon).
I have book marked it for later!

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Comment on Entrepreneurial Hustle:  5 Tips for Starting (and Running) a Business in ABA Therapy by Diena Seeger https://bsci21.org/entrepreneurial-hustle-5-tips-for-starting-and-running-a-business-in-aba-therapy/#comment-1167 Thu, 11 Aug 2016 13:00:55 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3728#comment-1167 Great discussion for tactical execution! I like the “and Running” mention; 80% of businesses fail in the first 18 months. It’s not just about the start but the ability to continue and thrive.

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Comment on Positive vs. Negative Reinforcement is Useless! by Rachel L White https://bsci21.org/positive-vs-negative-reinforcement-is-useless/#comment-1081 Mon, 08 Aug 2016 20:57:52 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1932#comment-1081 I think it is an important distinction because of the differences in performance by the organism. Look at Jesus Rosales-Ruiz’s work on the “poisoned cue”. http://reachingtheanimalmind.com/pdfs/ch_09/ch_09_pdf_05.pdf

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Comment on Entrepreneurial Hustle:  5 Tips for Starting (and Running) a Business in ABA Therapy by Emaley https://bsci21.org/entrepreneurial-hustle-5-tips-for-starting-and-running-a-business-in-aba-therapy/#comment-1080 Mon, 08 Aug 2016 19:35:44 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3728#comment-1080 Excellent post chock-full of important and useful information for ABA business owners at all stages.

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Comment on 4 Secrets to Employee Motivation Using Behavioral Science by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/4-secrets-to-employee-motivation-using-behavioral-science/#comment-1074 Mon, 08 Aug 2016 10:52:23 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3722#comment-1074 Thanks Adam

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Comment on PECS giving you trouble? Use Precision Teaching. by Michelle Tucker https://bsci21.org/pecs-precision-teaching/#comment-1054 Sat, 06 Aug 2016 20:17:20 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3600#comment-1054 My husband has an amazing job opportunity in Paris and my family would love to relocate from the USA to Paris. The position comes with a substantial tuition subsidy for our children. I have 12 year old twins on the ASD spectrum that currently receive a combination of mainstream classes and daily individual pull-out. They have few behavioral issues, are fully verbal but struggle to keep on grade level for language arts and math. They are currently in 6th grade. Do you know of any English language schools in Paris or outlying areas that would have services for them. Your input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Comment on 5 things Behavior Analysts should know about Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) by 5 Practices for Entrepreneurial Management - ABA Technologies, Inc. https://bsci21.org/5-things-behavior-analysts-should-know-about-organizational-behavior-management-obm/#comment-1053 Sat, 06 Aug 2016 12:04:09 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3255#comment-1053 […] Drucker’s principles of Entrepreneurial Management provide an excellent framework for leaders to use in fostering innovation in their organization. This approach can be made even more effective when Drucker’s ideas are paired with behavioral approaches to supporting organizational performance – Organizational Behavior Management. […]

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Comment on Entrepreneurial Hustle:  5 Tips for Starting (and Running) a Business in ABA Therapy by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/entrepreneurial-hustle-5-tips-for-starting-and-running-a-business-in-aba-therapy/#comment-1052 Thu, 04 Aug 2016 21:03:42 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3728#comment-1052 Adam, you crushed it with this one. Well done! I think the hustle is the key too.

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Comment on 4 Secrets to Employee Motivation Using Behavioral Science by Adam Ventura https://bsci21.org/4-secrets-to-employee-motivation-using-behavioral-science/#comment-1050 Thu, 04 Aug 2016 03:33:55 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3722#comment-1050 Great article Brett! I think a lot of behavior analysts at organizations forget about such a basic and important concept as positive reinforcement and applying it in the workplace. We get into such a bad habit of punishing workplace behaviors that we don’t like (cuz it is negatively reinforcing) that we forget to use positive reinforcement, the most basic and important of interventions in ABA. Well done sir.

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Comment on Remember Why You Started in ABA by Emaley https://bsci21.org/remember-why-you-started-in-aba/#comment-1049 Tue, 02 Aug 2016 00:05:49 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3617#comment-1049 Thank you Lauren for the positive words! They are very much appreciated.

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Comment on The Public School BCBA’s Summer Bucket List by Matt Cicoria https://bsci21.org/the-public-school-bcbas-summer-bucket-list/#comment-1048 Mon, 01 Aug 2016 00:26:30 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3681#comment-1048 Jennifer, thanks for the shout out! I guess it also goes without saying to catch up on bSci21 articles as well….

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Comment on One Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) Practice That Can Double Your Company’s Revenue by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/one-organizational-behavior-management-obm-practice-that-can-double-your-companys-revenue/#comment-1047 Sun, 31 Jul 2016 21:52:38 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3585#comment-1047 Thanks for your feedback Dr.Sandler

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Comment on Todd Ward by Anonymous https://bsci21.org/todd-ward/#comment-1041 Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20:08:32 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?post_type=edd_payment&p=3692#comment-1041 PayPal Transaction ID: 3MP34860SC972970Y

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Comment on Tips for training maintenance: It’s not just for orientation. by Arjun Kumar https://bsci21.org/tips-for-training-maintenance-its-not-just-for-orientation/#comment-1038 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:43:10 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2916#comment-1038 Great and useful post.

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Comment on 8 New Career Paths for BCBAs by Robert Stromer https://bsci21.org/8-new-career-paths-for-bcbas/#comment-1036 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:46:45 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1874#comment-1036 All of the vocational areas above are interesting possibilities and I support your recommendation to read the entire article by Normand and Kohn (2013). I would add to the list a few “traditional” masters programs that would blend nicely with someone’s behavior analysis specialty – e.g., social work, school psychology, speech and language, and counseling psychology. All of these would be considered “terminal” degrees and are well-established, licensed professions in their own right. For someone holding BCaBA or RBT credentials, specialties such as gerontology and acquired brain injury might be worth looking into.

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Comment on One way to teach self control with ABA. by Danielle https://bsci21.org/one-way-to-teach-self-control-with-aba/#comment-1030 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:43:25 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2346#comment-1030 Hi Shari,
Recently, I made the transition from working with children and adolescents to working with adults receiving state funded services. I am finding it difficult to balance upholding the principles regarding the rights to effective treatment and human rights regulations. Have you experienced something similar? If so, how did you address it?

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Comment on One way to teach self control with ABA. by Danielle https://bsci21.org/one-way-to-teach-self-control-with-aba/#comment-1029 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:40:40 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2346#comment-1029 Hi Shari,
I recently transitioned from working with children to adults, and I am struggling with balancing the right to effective treatment with human rights regulations. Have you experienced the same debacle? If so, how did you address it?

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Comment on On The Phrase “Having a Behavior” by Jeff Kupfer https://bsci21.org/on-the-phrase-having-a-behavior/#comment-1028 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:35:31 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2019#comment-1028 Hi Clelia:
Going one step further, it would also be better to not use terms such as “having” nor “doing”, as behavior is not possessed nor done. These imply “agency” as the cause of behavior.

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Comment on Engaging the Doers: A Menu for Employee Engagement by Session 9 - Manny Rodriguez talks Organizational Behavior Management - The Behavioral Observations Podcast https://bsci21.org/engaging-the-doers-a-menu-for-employee-engagement/#comment-1027 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:27:38 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3268#comment-1027 […] To read an excerpt from OBM Applied!, head on over to our sponsor, bSci21.org, and read Manny’s article, Engaging the Doers: A Menu for Employee Engagement. […]

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Comment on PECS giving you trouble? Use Precision Teaching. by Antoine Tanet https://bsci21.org/pecs-precision-teaching/#comment-1026 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:45:49 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3600#comment-1026 Excellent Simon.

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Comment on Seven Ways You Are Ruining Your Kids by NOLAVOIP https://bsci21.org/seven-ways-you-are-ruining-your-kids/#comment-1025 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:10:42 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=1325#comment-1025 Thanks admin for share this article . this articles are very helpful for me.
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Comment on Remember Why You Started in ABA by Lauren https://bsci21.org/remember-why-you-started-in-aba/#comment-1024 Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:51:59 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3617#comment-1024 Wonderful post, and very timely too! I’m looking back over old memories now! Thanks for sharing!

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Comment on The 5 Most Common Unethical Workplace Behaviors by Sean Taylor https://bsci21.org/the-5-most-common-unethical-workplace-behaviors/#comment-1023 Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:36:11 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=2077#comment-1023 I had an incident happen to me at my ex workplace. I had a issue with someone (not sure who) in my department who accessed my PC and my work email, who sent a girl an email from my email account (while I had walked away from my pc) stating that I had a crush on her. She was a girl with a mental disability and I am open gay man. They deleted the email from my sent items and as well as my deleted items. I didn’t know that the email was sent. Word got around the department and someone told me about the email. I immediately sent the girl an email stating that the first email did not come from me. Then a few years later, we had issues with our barcode printer which was attached to my PC. We had the IT department coming down to look at it on and off. I didn’t have an issue with being notified that they were coming. One day while I was in a Team meeting the IT department accessed my PC while I didn’t know and my PC didn’t lock up after I had walked away from it. When i returned to my PC after the meeting, I noticed a folder left open by the IT department. I then made a complaint that my PC had been accessed without my permission. With me making that complaint, I was then put onto the Fraud Prevention Officer, where I was advised that my hard drive was being removed and inspected. They found nothing on my hard drive. But my reason for being so protective of my PC at work was because of the practical joke that was wrong and unethical.

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Comment on How to Bring ABA to the World Through Public Speaking by Brett DiNovi https://bsci21.org/how-to-bring-aba-to-the-world-through-public-speaking/#comment-1022 Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:19:02 +0000 http://www.bsci21.org/?p=3058#comment-1022 Thanks Manny. Pierre Louis BCBA is in the process of further operationally defining speaker actions that evoke active responding. Great discussion.

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