Contingencies

Book Summary & Review: Chaos to Calm

Book Summary & Review: Chaos to Calm Chaos to Calm: Discovering Solutions to the Everyday Problems of Living with Autism by Martha Gabler, MA (autism parent) Book Summary & Review by: Tiffany N. Kilby, MS, BCBA (autism family member and…
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I have Autism and a Job in the ABA Field

My name is Kaelynn and I have autism, ADHD, and several learning disabilities. I started speaking very early, and because of that, I went undiagnosed until I was 10 years old. School was always extremely difficult for me. Shortly after…
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Keeping a New Year’s Resolution

Happy New Year! As we enter 2016, many of us will reflect on ourselves and figure out what behaviors we want to change for the better.  Some of us also do this all year, and not just as the calendar…
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Manager Behaviors that Drive Away Good Workers

One thing that all fields have in common is workers.  While there are all different kinds of jobs, most jobs seem to have a hierarchical structure in which there is at least one position of management that oversees the work…
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Miami-Dade Schools Aim to Focus on Functions of Behavior

We applaud Superintendent Carvalho for standing up for his students, their rights, and understanding that they are worth fighting for.  Behavior can change!  Miami-Dade County School District’s superintendent, Alberto Carvalho, recently made big changes to the way the school district…
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A Science of Teaching

A Science of Teaching: A film by Prosocial Progress Foundation “A Science of Teaching” offers a comprehensive guide for teachers, educators, and anyone else interested in human behavior on how learning occurs at a biological and environmental level. What shapes our…
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Improvisation as an operant process

During college, I played bass guitar in a band. Our main style of music happened to be funk; however, we differed from other funk bands because of our behavior. In making music, we developed an entire repertoire of behaviors that…
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Tick, tock, tag! Autism, teaching, and time

Time is precious. Time passes. Time lost can never be recovered. As autism parents, we are excruciatingly aware of time. How helpful it would be if we could teach our children more efficiently, so that they could learn more skills…
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Behavior Sandwich

ABC, as easy as 123 In behavior analysis, “ABC” is used to describe the “3-term contingency.”  The 3 terms are: A ⇒ Antecedent (What happened right before the behavior?) B ⇒ Behavior (What is the behavior? What does it look like?) C ⇒ Consequence…
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Reinforcement, not bribery

Sometimes I hear things like… “Oh, you do that ABA stuff? So you bribe kids all day?”  Actually, no, I don’t.  Applied behavior analysis (ABA) uses principles of reinforcement to make desirable behaviors more likely. A fisher casts his rod…
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The Behavior Station®

The Behavior Station®