3 Apps for the Traveling, Multitasking Behavior Analyst

Over the past few months, I’ve been increasingly interested in ways to boost my productivity. My quest to “accomplish more with less” was spurred on by one or two recent life events – each of which wear size two Pampers and have stolen my heart, as well as two-thirds of my nightly REM sleep. While this impromptu…

A Message to New Behavior Technicians

I can remember my first session as an ABA therapist like it was yesterday. Minutes before my family was about to arrive, a million thoughts raced through my mind. “What was I getting myself into?” “Was I prepared enough?” “What if I don’t know what to do?” I knew I loved working with children and…

Instructions During DTT: Clear & Concise, Not Robotic

When it comes to ABA programming, Discrete Trial Training (DTT) is a heavily relied upon form of instruction. When done effectively, DTT provides a mode for rapid skill development because instructions are clear, consequences are immediate, and the learner (should be) highly motivated. However, when not implemented with fidelity, the aspects of DTT which make…

Is Positive Reinforcement Always King? Maybe Not

Of all of the behavior change tactics in a behavior analyst’s arsenal, positive reinforcement is arguably the proverbial intervention of choice – and for good reason. Its well established efficacy, acceptability, and marketability to parents and educators makes positive reinforcement an ideal option for promoting desirable behavior.