autism

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Angela Cathey, MA & Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D bSci21Media, LLC Brett DiNovi, M.A., BCBA Brett DiNovi & Associates Many people misunderstand Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). “ABA” is often confused with Autism treatment or misunderstood as a bag of techniques…



The Four Functions of Behavior Made Simple

Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D bSci21Media, LLC Brett DiNovi, M.A., BCBA Brett DiNovi & Associates In a recent YouTube video, Brett DiNovi, CEO of the largest Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) agency on the East Coast, gives us an overview of…


All I really need to know… I learned as a Behavior Technician

By Emaley McCulloch bSci21 Contributing Writer I practiced as a Behavior Technician/ABA Therapist for the first 6 years of my career. A behavior technician has many jobs and roles, but they’re primarily responsible for carrying out behavior and treatment plans…



A.G.E.S Learning Solutions’ Journey to CentralReach

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D President, bSci21Media, LLC Emmylou Santos, M.A., BCBA, LBA, co-founded A.G.E.S. Learning Solutions in 2008, in the San Francisco Bay Area.  After three years of steady growth from group home consultation, they went full time…


Ensuring HIPAA Compliance and Security in ABA Software 

POMPANO BEACH, JULY 31, 2017 – If you work in any medical field, there are five letters burned into your brain, H-I-P-A-A. As part of the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act of 1996, commonly referred to as HIPAA, Congress mandated…


On teaching skills to mastery vs fluency

Shelley McLean, M.Ed, BCBA bSci21 Contributing Writer Sometimes I wonder if it’s just me . . . In my work with learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and diverse needs, I always focused on teaching skills to mastery, or at…


Autism, Oral Language, & Missing Curriculum: Is DI the Answer?

By Jennifer Fisahn, M.Ed, BCBA bSci21 Contributing Writer If you are (or ever were) a public school special education teacher in a self-contained autism classroom, chances are you have had to beg for, borrow, and sometimes steal curricular materials.  Well-intentioned…


What to do when the auditors come to your ABA agency.

Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D  President, bSci21Media, LLC Jamie Pagliaro General Manager, Rethink Behavioral Health Sarah Schmitz, CPC, CPB President and Owner of Comprehensive Billing Consultants, LLC In last month’s article, titled “Human Resources for the ABA Entrepreneur”, we touched on…