The ABCs of Caregiver Attendance Behavior

By Daniel B. Sundberg, PhD bSci21 Contributing Writer Most people with experience providing clinical ABA services to children with developmental disabilities would agree that caregivers play a critical role in the overall success in the treatment plan.  However, caregivers, like most…


The Top 4 Insurance Policies for ABA Providers

Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D (bSci21.org) Daniel Law (The Liberty Company Insurance Brokers) Dawn Mackey & Jamie Pagliaro (Rethink) ABA agencies face an array of unique liability risks due to the nature of the services provided, and the settings and…



Motivating Operation: Culprit or Unsung Hero?

Harla B. Frank, M.S., BCBA bSci21 Contributing Writer After a time, you may find that ‘having’ is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as ‘wanting.’  It is not logical, but it is often true.  (Spock, Amok Time, Star Trek:…


Teaching Gambling with Behavioral Skills Training

Alden Gartrell Guest Author Research has shown that a high percentage of the American population gambles recreationally. It should come as no surprise, then, that many of these recreational gamblers are at risk for losing a great deal of money….



When “First, Then” isn’t working.

By Leanne Page, M.Ed., BCBA bSci21 Contributing Writer “I’m still waiting for the First, Then strategy to work. Every day I say “First car seat, then book. But getting my son into the car seat is still so hard. So…


On using ABA to coach baseball

By Melissa Druskis, M.S., BCBA bSci21 Contributing Writer In 1980, a behavioral coaching method for increasing motor skills was reviewed across multiple sports.  This coaching method included the systematic use of verbal instructions and feedback, positive and negative reinforcement, positive…



Combating Plagiarism: Function-based – and Other – Approaches

Harla Frank, M.S., BCBA bSci21 Contributing Writer Borrowed thoughts, like borrowed money, only show the poverty of the borrower. (Marguerite Gardiner, 19th Century, Irish novelist) Research has identified many reasons college students borrow the intellectual property of others.  The primary…