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Guest Blog by Andy Lattal, Ph.D.   I just googled the word “self”: 3,540,000,000 hits, more or less. That’s three point five billion, just to be clear. Wow. What a word. What a construct. Whoever came up with the idea of self? (In his recent book, Flesh in the Age of Reason, which I highly recommend,
Are you an applied behavior analysts too focused on techniques? What does this suggest about being board certified? Spend time challenging your own practices and link back to the true meaning of analyst.
Is approaching behavior change with a strategy of shame ever ethical under the BACB’s Professional and Ethical Compliance Code? Beyond those certified in clinical application, is shame a strategy that should be ever be used by a parent or professional as a method to change unwanted behavior?
2019 OBM Network Lifetime Achievement Award Darnell Lattal
Guest blogger: Andy Lattal, Ph.D. ABA Technologies is pleased to share that one of its own, Dr. Darnell Lattal, will be the 2019 recipient of the Organizational Behavior Management Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), in Chicago, Illinois this May. A long list of notable
Partnering with the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), ABA Technologies, Inc., makes professional development products available online for applied behavior analysis practitioners and related professions. In addition, ABA Tech’s instructional design and support team builds coursework for the Verified Course Sequences (VCS) offered through Florida Tech’s ABA Online program and School of Behavior Analysis. All courses
Blogger: Kelly Therrien, MS, BCBA OBM for the BCBA In clinical organizations, most Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) work as program coordinators or clinical directors. Rather than working with clients “in-the-chair,” BCBAs supervise others doing the work. Developing programs and training staff might be old hat, but managing and engaging staff and families—long term—requires new
Guest Blogger: Andy Lattal, Ph.D. Sitting here at my desk on a cold, snowy morning watching the snowflakes gently descend to blanket the landscape outside my window (such descriptions reveal why I am a behavior analyst and not a poet), reminds me of the operant (another reminder, too, of why I am not a poet). The
Blogger: Shauna Costello, MA, BCBA Humans are constantly in search of the newest, brightest solution for problems in everyday life. We download countless apps for tracking calories, learning languages, working out, budgeting—you name it. In education, we do the same. But the newest, brightest thing in teaching and learning might not be the solution. Education
Blogger: Adam Hockman BCBAs have an increasingly visible presence in public schools. While most work with special education populations, many still make their way into general education classrooms (inclusion, conducting FBAs). With improved funding for and awareness of behavior analytic services, each classroom becomes an avenue for impact. School-based BCBAs are not a new idea,
Guest Blogger: Cledia Caberlon Effective tools and interventions are the hallmarks of behavior analysis. Across disciplines and populations, applied behavior analysis improves people’s lives. While the science of human behavior can be implemented wherever behavior is found, according to Dr. Dean Fixsen, of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute “Students do not benefit from

Staff Training That Clicks

Guest Blogger: Rachel Thomas Respondent Conditioning Auditory stimuli used for changing behavior dates back to the 1890s when physiologist Ivan Pavlov studied the effects of associating a bell tone with meat powder to elicit salivating in dogs. Though dogs are born with the reflex of drooling in the presence of stimuli that will satisfy their hunger, bells
Guest Blogger: Jackie Noto Employee feedback is critical for personal and business success. Research on feedback shows that intentional and consistent feedback greatly improves staff expertise, productivity, and outcomes. But, knowing that feedback is important and delivering it effectively are two different things. How Should Feedback Look? And more importantly, what should it do? Managers
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