Behavior Change ’17 – Apps, Tech, and the Web

Melissa Druskis, M.S., BCBA Guest Author Fitness trackers in the form of pedometers have been around since 1965, but not until the introduction of Fitbit, Pebble, Jawbone, and others around 2010, did simple pedometers combined with sleep tracking, steps climbed,…


Webinar: Coaching Employees To Peak Performance

Behavior analysts are often cogs in the wheels of organizations reporting to executives with a different perspective on how people should be managed using a medical or financial model of leadership. The actions of these organizations often directly contradict core…


Applying the Matching Law to Behavior Intervention

By Shelley McLean, M.Ed, BCBA bSci21 Contributing Writer Sometimes I wonder if it’s just me . . . Have you ever found yourself suggesting to a parent, caregiver, or partner professional that they should “ignore” a behavior as part of…


How parents can use noncontingent reinforcement

By Leanne Page, M.Ed, BCBA bSci21 Contributing Writer “Dear Behavior BFF, I’ve read several of your articles and notice a theme of always giving your child something they want as reinforcement. But as a dad, I’d like to just make…


The Use of Respondent Conditioning in Improving Health Outcomes

Emily Mandel, M.S., BCBA, LABA bSci21 Contributing Writer Approximately 133 million Americans (50% of the overall population) suffer from chronic illness, which results in 7 in 10 deaths each year (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). In addition, chronic illnesses…


Best Practices in Insurance Contracting

Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D (bSci21Media, LLC) Emily Roche (Robinsons and Associates) Dawn Mackey (Rethink Behavioral Health) The decision to start your own ABA agency comes with a mountain of front-end tasks to get your company up and running, not…


On teaching skills to mastery vs fluency

Shelley McLean, M.Ed, BCBA bSci21 Contributing Writer Sometimes I wonder if it’s just me . . . In my work with learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and diverse needs, I always focused on teaching skills to mastery, or at…


Three things you can do instead of accepting gifts from clients

By Emaley McCulloch, M.Ed, BCBA bSci21 Contributing Writer Gift-giving is an expected norm in most cultures.  Thus, many behavioral professionals will find themselves in the awkward situation of having to turn-away a gift offered by a client or client’s family….


Autism, Oral Language, & Missing Curriculum: Is DI the Answer?

By Jennifer Fisahn, M.Ed, BCBA bSci21 Contributing Writer If you are (or ever were) a public school special education teacher in a self-contained autism classroom, chances are you have had to beg for, borrow, and sometimes steal curricular materials.  Well-intentioned…