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What is an Extended Mand?

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What is an Extended Mand?

What is an Extended Mand? Extended mands still depend on a MO and an SD just like regular mands, but the item or activity requested is accidentally reinforced by other, unrelated, circumstances. For example, think about the biggest sports fan you know… Want to cultivate a career you love? Apply to work at Cultivate!

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Generalization in ABA Therapy: Why Is It So Important?

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Generalization in ABA Therapy: Why Is It So Important?

Generalization in ABA therapy, most simply and most practically, is the ability to utilize new skills in other settings and with other people. Generalization is an area that quality practitioners need to emphasize. Like we’ve said since the beginning, this is particularly challenging when a behavior analyst is only providing services in the center.

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CONNECTING THE AUTISM PIECES: A RESOURCE FOR PARENTS

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CONNECTING THE AUTISM PIECES: A RESOURCE FOR PARENTS

Autism is a word that has become familiar to many parents as 1 in 68 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with the disorder every year.  Despite its prevalence, the range in severity and symptoms of autism has contributed to its perception of being a puzzle, and many parents remain confused about what it is and what to do.  Knowing the facts and connecting with appropriate resources will help ease this sense of complexity for families.

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Cultivating Creativity Through Coloring Cartoons

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Cultivating Creativity Through Coloring Cartoons

At Cultivate, we like to celebrate differences. And if one thing is certain, it’s that everyone has a unique approach to coloring. Some stay neatly within the black lines, while others may even stray off the page completely! All summer, we’ll be adding new coloring pages that you and your sweet kiddos can enjoy TOGETHER! 
 

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Systematically Desensitizing Kiddos To Scary Halloween Costumes

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Systematically Desensitizing Kiddos To Scary Halloween Costumes

Like us, you've probably got at least one kiddo that's scared this Halloween. Our daughter, Juliana, was horrified when Andrew put on his gorilla costume at Target this year. Despite her reaction, we decided to get it and take our chances. We brought it home, and sure enough, she continued to cry and shake with horror every time he put that wretched costume on. 

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Selecting An ABA Provider With The Right Clinical Model & Philosophy

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Selecting An ABA Provider With The Right Clinical Model & Philosophy

Many providers have a way of conducting business that's not conducive to learner progress, especially if the learner does not fit the model that the provider rigidly maintains. Note, there's a difference between conviction and rigidity. We at Cultivate have convictions as to how an ABA program should unfold, yet we're not so rigid to think that every learner will learn when we're using uniform tactics and strategies for everyone regardless of their needs and learning preferences. 

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Texas A&M Flipped Classroom: Dimensional Properties of Behavior

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Texas A&M Flipped Classroom: Dimensional Properties of Behavior

When working in any setting as a practitioner claiming to be practicing ABA or implementing the principles of ABA, it is a requirement that data be collected. As Jose Martinez-Diaz warns, "If you are not taking data, you are not doing ABA." At minimum, data collection is vital in order to measure progress and ensure fidelity to the treatment plan.

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You Asked For It: Pivotal Behaviors

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You Asked For It: Pivotal Behaviors

Today we will introduce pivotal behaviors-you should continue to read this post because pivotal behaviors matter. They'll help your kiddos significantly given that they will help you emphasize teaching your children the most important skills. I'll define a pivotal behavior as one that, when learned, causes other changes in different behavior WITHOUT additional teaching. GREAT for both the learner and teacher right? 

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A Note Regarding Countdowns, Priming, & Advanced Notice

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A Note Regarding Countdowns, Priming, & Advanced Notice

Priming exists because we've made the assumption that it helps ease transitions or things that are upcoming. If we just remind the individual that this thing is happening, they'll do better when it's actually time for that thing. The assumption is that it's an effective strategy, yet very often, it's not. It actually can evoke undesirable behavior. 

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Behavioral Cusps

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Behavioral Cusps

Rosales-Ruiz & Baer define behavioral cusps as a behavior change that has consequences beyond the change itself. Once a behavioral cusp is taught, the individual can now access new opportunities and new experiences that were not previously available. 

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