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.
Q&A with 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
Shauna V. 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
GUEST STUDENT BLOG BY CLEDIA CABERLON  Effective tools and interventions are the hallmark 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
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, but dissemination capacity

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Guest blog by Rachel Thomas, RBT 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,
Guest Blog by 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. Let’s Dig In How should feedback look, and more importantly, what
  Pretend and imaginative play activities, like playing house and traveling in cardboard box spaceships, enrich cognitive and social development. Decades of research point to its impact and importance. Even researchers who arrive at contradictory conclusions about the benefits of play acknowledge it as a catalyst for expanding expressive language and social skills. Though the
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.
  Shauna V. Costello, MA, BCBA & Allison King, Ph.D., BCBA-D   Professionals from many industries are on a rotating cycle of obtaining Continuing Education Units (CEUs). As behavior analysts, we currently must renew our certification every two years by gaining a number of BACB CEUs—either 20 for BCaBAs or 32 for BCBAs. It is