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…

The Token Economy

The Token Economy Token economies can be an effective way to manage contingencies in schools, home and the community.  They are systems in which a child earns “tokens” that can be exchanged for a variety of preferred items. (Sound familiar? Our monetary system is a token economy!) They can help children with and without disabilities…

Evidence Based Interventions

There are many interventions in existence claiming to be beneficial for individuals with autism.  However, the field itself seems to be a magnet for interventions and therapies that are based in pseudo-science and have no research to support them. At worst, some of these interventions can be harmful and even if not directly harmful using…

Antecedent Based Interventions (ABI)

Antecedent Based Interventions (ABI) are a type of behavioral intervention designed to prevent challenging behavior.  With ABI, we assess conditions of an environment, such as the location, materials, noise level, instructions, and people present.  We also assess consequences that are reinforcing interfering behavior, such as the delivery of a desired item after a problem behavior…

Teaching Safety Skills Using Behavioral Skills Training

By Christine Holland, BCBA, LBA In 2016, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children assisted law enforcement and families with approximately 20,500 cases of missing children.  Many families and caregivers try to protect their children from abduction by specifically teaching them skills like understanding the concept of strangers, warning signs of distrustful behavior, and what…