Do you ever wonder if what you're doing matters much? If you're an RBT or a BCBA, you likely know how important it is to ensure that your programming is relevant and socially valid, especially when you're serving kiddos with autism who really need strategic plans in place. According to Montrose Wolf (1978), social validity in behavior analysis can be evaluated in 3 ways.
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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.
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!
The lectures included in the post address the concepts discussed in your text, yet with different perspectives and sources. Please view in order (top to bottom).
We recently explored and implemented a reinforcement system with certain features built in that takes the classic "marbles in a jar" to a whole new level. Interested? Well, you should be.
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.
Lectures prepared to serve students taking Texas A&M's SEFB 618 Class (1st course in the BCBA sequence)
Unfortunately, cold season has arrived. With that in mind, we wanted to prepare you for what to expect behaviorally as a parent or practitioner. In our office, the first cold has struck! It's happening, whether we like it or not, so let's get prepared as we enjoy, and survive, the season that's upon us.
Things that inappropriate behavior serve to communicate. The content included in this post is essentially an overview that covers the reasons why behavior occurs and potential assessment methods. These talks can be useful to the clinician, educator, or parent.
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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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.
Video lecture on Behavioral Objectives given by Robbie El Fattal at Texas A&M.
ABA Behavior Analysis Autism Stereotypy Self-Stim Self Stimulatory Behaviors Behavior Technician Training.
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?
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.
There's 3 boys and 3 girls in the Fattal Household. We can let a lot of issues fly, but one thing that's a non-negotiable is urine on the toilet seat. Practical right?
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.
Rather than setting up a contrived setting where things are perfect and lovely, we'd rather roll up the sleeves and go to HEB, or Target, or to the park, where the significant issues exist (and where the natural triggers are). Let's do meaningful work that actually has a purpose.
According to the Department of Education, expulsion rates for preschoolers are really starting to become a significant issue affecting our schools. Having taught in an ABA Pre-K Program (both Katie and I), we certainly understand how challenging these youngsters can be.