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Principles of Reinforcement

Principles of Reinforcement

This week in our Parent Training series, we will be exploring different principles of reinforcement. Reinforcement is a powerful tool that we utilize when we are teaching new behaviors as well as when we are maintaining behaviors.

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What is an Oasis Space?

What is an Oasis Space?

An Oasis Space is a place in our home, school or ABA center that help learners decompress, relax and get ready to learn. Creating an Oasis Space or Sensory Space is just as easy and can also give your child the tools to be ready to learn.

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Pivotal Behaviors

Pivotal Behaviors

If you’re a practitioner, you should read (or reread) the post (Behavioral Cusps) on 4.1.16. It’ll help you understand the differences. If you’re a parent, you likely only have time to read one thing at the moment, so I’ll make this as clear and as entertaining as I can. To review very briefly the prior post, a behavioral cusp is essentially a behavior change that has consequences beyond the change itself (as defined by Rosales-Ruiz & Baer).

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Behavioral Cusps

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. Clinicians typically want their learners to develop skills that will allow for new found access to meaningful opportunities (parents clearly want this as well).

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Generalizations in ABA Therapy: Why is it so important?

Generalizations in ABA Therapy: Why is it so important?

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. At Cultivate, we provide services where it matters most. We utilize a hybrid model, so we work at homes, schools, our centers, and anywhere else we can bring about meaningful behavior change. The subject in this blog post is generalization and we’ll explore what that means on a very practical level.

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What is an extended mand?

What is an extended mand?

Some terms that are used within the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) community may seem quite confusing until you realize how often they occur. One of those examples is the term MAND. Simply put, a mand is another term for requesting for an item, activity, etc.

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ABA Therapy Can Help

ABA Therapy Can Help

ABA therapy is an evidence-based approach for creating significant positive behavior change. It focuses on the idea that our consequences affect how we learn as well as our future actions.

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Parent Education Support

Creating a Visual Schedule

Creating a Visual Schedule

Most children with ASD have difficulty with transitions and unexpected changes in routines.  Schedules help cope with unexpected changes.

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The Principles of Pairing

The Principles of Pairing

In today’s discussion we will talk about what pairing is, how to pair, why it is important, and finally going through some scenarios of what pairing looks like. Pairing is a way to establish yourself as a reinforcer for your child. Some people may also refer to this as building a rapport. During the pairing process, you want to establish yourself with things your child finds enjoyable.

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Principles of Reinforcement

Principles of Reinforcement

This week in our Parent Training series, we will be exploring different principles of reinforcement. Reinforcement is a powerful tool that we utilize when we are teaching new behaviors as well as when we are maintaining behaviors.

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3 Questions to ask yourself when evaluating social validity in treatment outcomes

3 Questions to ask yourself when evaluating social validity in treatment outcomes

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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5 Tips to Prepare for Your Child’s Virtual Learning

5 Tips to Prepare for Your Child’s Virtual Learning

We’ve all needed to make adjustments to our work, school, and socializing over the last six months. One aspect that can be especially challenging is successfully adapting to virtual learning, and we want to help! These tips and tricks were compiled from recommendations from Cultivate employees who have supported or are currently supporting their own children in the virtual learning process.

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5 Tips to Support Your Child’s Virtual Learning

5 Tips to Support Your Child’s Virtual Learning

You’ve prepared a learning space, printed and organized materials, and set expectations for the daily routine. Now what?

Motivating your child, creating achievable goals for yourself, and generally setting everyone up for success for consistent, effective virtual learning can be a challenge. We hope the following tips will help parents manage and functionally support schooling from home.

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Crafts / Activities

Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education
Paint with Ice!

Paint with Ice!

If you’re looking for a fun summer activity that will cool your kids you have to try painting with ice!

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Homemade Kaleidoscope

Homemade Kaleidoscope

Are you looking for a new activity to inspire creativity from your kiddos? These homemade kaleidoscopes are so fun and easy to make. To learn how to create your very own customizable kaleidoscope at home, follow along step by step!

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Mental Health

Socializing with Individuals with Disabilities

Socializing with Individuals with Disabilities

Socializing with individuals with disabilities should be no different from any other socialization. However, if you’re not familiar with a given disability, you might fear either saying something offensive or doing the wrong thing.

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