OBM for the BCBA. An interview with Kelly Therrien, MS, BCBA.

Operant Behavior and Snowflakes

Now, you may ask, what does an operant have to do with the snowstorm that is the impetus for this commentary? Well, just about everything.
Dr. Rick Kubina continues to build on Lindsley's legacy. In a new CE course titled “What Is Precision Teaching?” Kubina explains how PT can supplement the already existing curricula of a classroom.
BCBAs have an increasingly visible presence in public schools. While most work with special education, many still make their way into general education classrooms.
Effective tools and interventions are the hallmarks of behavior analysis. Across disciplines and populations, applied behavior analysis improves people’s lives. Students do not benefit from interventions they do not experience.

Staff Training That Clicks

Repeatedly pairing the bell and food, however, brings about drooling. This is known as classical or respondent conditioning (Pavlovian conditioning).
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.
Nancy Champlin & Melissa Schissler of ACI Learning Centers are master playologists, behavior analysts who spend time researching the details of teaching play.
Learning goals help you select the right talks to attend and frame your thinking so you’re actively engaged. Networking goals set your intentions for the interactions you’ll have with other professionals while at the conference.
Recent research has demonstrated improved customer service doesn’t necessarily lead to better tipping. What are top-ranked restaurants doing about it?

Time for a Timeout from Timeouts?

The Post article notes that “[t]imeout involves placing your child in a designated quiet, isolated, safe place in the home immediately after they’ve ignored a warning to stop misbehaving.
Leaders report using the sandwich method to deliver feedback. Some employees claim to enjoy receiving it. What effect does it have on employee performance?