Replacement Behaviors- Why they are essential!

Written by: Danielle Kessinger, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA In Applied Behavior Analysis, we help individuals decrease challenging behaviors by implementing a variety of interventions. The challenging behavior an individual might display, is their form of communication to get what they want/need. A method to prevent the reoccurrence of challenging behaviors is to implement replacement behaviors. Replacement…

Adapting Games

Adapting Games written by: Stacey Guzowski As teachers, service providers and caretakers of individuals with learning differences, we are constantly searching for innovative ways to enhance the learning of the students we work with.  And, although there are numerous avenues to do this, one area that can be both overlooked and under-rated are good old-fashioned…

No one is “bad at meditating” : Embracing Mindfulness Meditation to Improve Health

No one is “bad at meditating”: Embracing Mindfulness Meditation to Improve Health There is a large body of research supporting the fact that mindfulness meditation reduces many negative health outcomes, such as heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and cognitive decline. Why, then, is it not more regularly practiced, especially among helping professionals? Many individuals…

Trauma Informed Care for Behavior Analysts — Buzzword or Just Good Practice?

Trauma Informed Care for Behavior Analysts — Buzzword or Just Good Practice? What Defines a Trauma Informed Organization or System? “A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed: Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery; Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with…