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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
Terminology

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
Is Bigger Better

Are Bigger Reinforcers Better?

Blogger: Andy Lattal, Ph.D.   When it comes to reinforcement, it is difficult to say. We can measure how “good” a reinforcer is in different ways. One measure is preference, but there may be many reasons why I prefer something that do not necessarily translate directly into how well it will maintain my behavior. The example
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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
When Punishment is a Reinforcer

When Punishment is a Reinforcer

Blogger: Andy Lattal, Ph.D. Punishment, by definition, reduces, weakens, or eliminates (depending on one’s theoretical bias) the responses on which it depends. But punishment also reinforces other behavior, notably that of the one administering the punishment. It does so because the behavior being punished is reduced or ceases altogether. And once the behavior of punishing is
Generalists and Specialists

Generalists and Specialists

Blogger: Andy Lattal, Ph.D. In a recent piece in the New York Times titled, “You Don’t Want a Child Prodigy: What ‘Roger’ Dads do Better Than Tiger Moms Ever Will” by David Epstein, the author weighs the relative merits of raising children as “specialists,” focusing on one skill at which they excel, as in musical and sports prodigies,

Rules Rule, or Do They?

Rules are derived to guide behavior under certain conditions. Rule-governed behavior occupies a prominent place in behavior-analytic theory.
Nancy Champlin & Melissa Schissler of ACI Learning Centers are master playologists, behavior analysts who spend time researching the details of teaching play.
Currently, there is only a handful of RBTs in Spanish-speaking countries around the world, but there are plenty of people who need service.