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For individuals seeking a career in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), there are many options for coursework, both on-campus and online. Because certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) is the most recognized and popular credential for professional behavior analysts, many students seek to meet the BACB coursework and supervised experience requirements and to pass the certification exam (hopefully the first time!).
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Generalization in Times of Crisis

Guest Blogger: Jaime Rus Alba, ABA Technologies CSF Student   Applied Behavior Analysis is mostly implemented within controlled environments (schools, clinics, hospitals and residential settings), with a recommended 30-40 hour/week treatment plan. For services performed within a client’s home, the issue of reaching generalization in the natural environment is not so prominent, but we are
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The Term DRO

Bad or Possibly Redeemable Label? Blogger: Andy Lattal, Ph.D. A procedure in which each target response postpones a scheduled reinforcer most often is described in both the basic and applied research and practice literature as a differential-reinforcement-of-other-behavior schedule, or DRO. The term first was used by Reynolds (1961), although in a paper received two months before
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Ethical Dilemma

Recently, Tom Freeman, MS, BCBA, LBA-NY, LBA-MA, and current senior vice-president of ABA Technologies, Inc., received a question from a colleague regarding an ethical dilemma of sorts. Following is the exchange between the two—one that, hopefully, will be helpful to others confronted with a similar issue. Question: Tom,  I am facing a potential ethical issue
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Getting to the Cause of Things

Blogger: Andy Lattal, Ph.D.   “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. But
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Blogger: Andy Lattal, Ph.D. 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?
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Rapid Habit Formation

3 Steps to protect your team during pandemics Lessons from Lean Hospitals and OBM   Guest Blogger: Michael McCarthy, author of Sustain Your Gains: The People Side of Lean-Six Sigma When pandemics strike, they spread quickly, as in the current COVID-19 crisis.   Our goal is to respond quickly.  Just as highway departments have Rapid Response
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Being vigilant and attuned to the threats of invasive species and invasive behavioral events may be the best thing that can be done. Keeping them out is important, but when they appear, managing them early seems critical.

Complex Behavior

“Complex” has two uses in psychology. One is to describe something with a lot of “moving parts.” The other use of complex is “I don’t understand it.”

Out of Thin Air?

In speaking of the origins of operant behavior, Skinner famously observed that “[o]perant conditioning shapes behavior as a sculptor shapes a lump of clay.