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In this course, Dr. Hanley invites you to join him on the journey of attaining lasting freedom from tantrums, aggression, or self-injurious behavior without drugs or harsh punishment but with candies, stickers, and/or tokens. It is important to understand why the problem behavior occurs in the first place and then incorporate that understanding into the teaching of transferable communication toleration skills.
Conducting a Functional Analysis (FA) may seem intimidating and almost make you want to engage in avoidance behavior, trying every other solution before resorting to doing one. Dr. DeLeon addresses behaviors that are difficult to assess and how to assess them. In doing so, he expands on how to determine functions with different topographies of behavior, determining a function with multiple topographies, and how to graph data obtained from a functional analysis.
“Functional Assessment refers to a variety of data collection, analysis and interpretive procedures that vary widely with regard to the procedural detail but share the same goal of producing a hypothesis about what evokes and reinforces occurrences of problem behavior.” Iser DeLeon, PhD, BCBA
We worry so much about how to make the replacement behavior more functional, but you also have to make the target behavior less functional. Ennio Cipani, PhD
Once upon a time, there were twins named Immedium and Procrastinium. As their names might suggest, the two approached tasks very differently. When a deadline was assigned, Procrastinium’s first reaction was to do something else, while Immedium started on it and soon got it done, PDQ, kazaam, what’s next?
“Why did Johnny just throw the mother of all temper tantrums?” is a question many of you have asked and been asked, in some form or another. The response to this question, under scrutiny, may have been different. The perpetrator may have been different. The circumstances may have been different.
In the latter years of his life, Dr. Jose Martinez, the founder of ABA Technologies. Inc., and the driving force behind the creation of the School of Behavior Analysis at Florida Tech, was heard to utter the title of this blog in every one of his presentations relating to the influence of antecedent conditions on behavior, “Antecedents have last names.”
Join Operant Innovations for our Stereotypy Q&A with Dr. Bill Ahearn, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Jack Michael is one of the most brilliant men ever to grace the field of behavior analysis. He engaged in deep and elegant conceptual analysis, and significantly expanded our understanding of the nature of behavior. But his written explanations tend toward an economy of language: compressed and precise.
Every behavior analyst (hopefully) has learned that ours is a science of behavior. We do not learn that ours is a science of the individual or a science of the person. Why is that? Are we not, however, concerned with people, you may ask? Are we not concerned with the human condition? Are we not humanists?
Join Operant Innovations for Part 1 of their interview with Western Michigan University. This week we will be speaking with Dr. Stephanie Peterson about the On-Campus Behavior Analysis Program.
This course introduces how the Pyramid Approach in education can be beneficial for learners with autism or related developmental disabilities. The Pyramid Approach describes how to create an effective learning environment through the applications of data collection and data analysis. It systematically implements key elements from applied behavior analysis emphasizing functional communication.
Join Operant Innovations as we speak to Rider University as we hear about their passion for training their students in a plethora of different fields of study within behavior analysis - for example gambling, basic, exercise, translational work, and more! With the plethora of community partnerships, Rider students have ample tracks to gain personalized experience.
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 operant is one of our most important concepts. Operants are classes of responses that have a similar effect on the environment. That effect can be to operate something that allows their measurement (like a child’s block-stacking or a pigeon’s key peck) or to produce a reinforcer or punisher.