We’re excited to be back! We’ve launched another series exploring our Cultivate Behavior Plan Canvas. What’s that you ask? Watch the Intro and check around the website for the other episodes. Although the Canvas was designed to distill an FBA, ANYONE can use it, especially with the right support. It’s one of the simplest tools that you could use with your kiddos and learners. We’re also making the Canvas available for download on the website. Cheers!

Keepin' It 100 is a practical web series by Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education designed to help parents and practitioners learn and apply the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Keepin' It 100 is designed to be a series of 100 videos, each roughly 100 seconds in length over 100 days.

We think that our industry could be better. A lot better in fact. Despite all the progress that we’ve made in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), we’re very behind in integration of that knowledge and outreach/application. We have a lot of good and useful tools, yet we’re not very effective in reaching the masses. All the while, in higher education, we have the “Curse of Knowledge” where we talk over our audience in ways that nobody really understands or cares for what we’re saying.

That’s where Cultivate is different. Our aim is to make ABA relevant through our incredibly intuitive and useful tools and teaching. Why? Because it’s our responsibility as BCBAs to contribute to meaningful and significant change. One issue that we recently discovered was that FBAs (Functional Behavioral Assessments) were rarely being read and implemented by individuals outside the ABA Treatment Team. Why is that? Let’s start with the length of the FBAs. Typically 15-35 pages, an FBA can be a very thorough document, which is good, but not necessarily for all to consume. Page length aside, the document itself is FILLED with technical terms and language that can be difficult to follow and understand. Reading it would be much like reading a foreign language if you’ve not been trained in Applied Behavior Analysis as a BCBA or RBT (Registered Behavior Technician).

That’s the issue but what’s the solution? We believe that the Behavior Plan Canvas addresses these concerns. It’s designed to distill an FBA down into its component parts. It’s also very easy to use and follow once it’s been completed by the BCBA, RBT, or other informed individual. We love the Behavior Plan Canvas! We know how helpful it can be in finally getting to a place of progress, especially when the learner has been struggling because of challenging behavior. Given that, when can one use the Canvas? Check out the following scenarios of when it might be appropriate to complete the Canvas

  • John goes to a clinic for his speech, occupational, and physical therapies. Each session is unproductive because he engages in so much challenging behavior that the therapists can get very little with regards to actual therapy.
  • John goes to school and his educators have no idea why his behavior occurs. They think he’s just wild and “on the spectrum” so they assume his behavior is a part of his disability, so they just make do.
  • John’s parents need a break, so they hire a babysitter. This is their 6th babysitter because each one quits after John bites and hits them.

The point is, if an FBA exists, we need to better utilize it by communicating its results better. That’s where the Canvas wins; that’s where your learner wins. Let us know if you have questions regarding the Canvas. It will be available via download on the website if it’s not already there.

Contact us if you’d like more individualized support or have questions regarding the post! We serve clients throughout Central Texas, including Austin, Bee Cave, Buda, Cedar Park, College Station, Dripping Springs, Lakeway, Leander, and Spicewood. We also provide telemedicine services throughout the country.