Verbal operants are one of the most important concepts we encounter in the field. It’s easy to get confused with all of the different types and here, we clear everything up, so you know exactly how they work. We’ll also share our thoughts on the best way to teach operants so you can be as effective as possible.
Barbara Heidenreich is an expert exotic animal trainer who uses ABA and behavioral principles in her work. There are so many ways ABA can be applied outside of the traditional scope and animal training is just one of them. Barbara talks about how her work is helping animal care professionals reduce animal stress and shares some exciting stories from her career.
In behavioral analysis, we love our acronyms and ABC is one of them. ABC data collection can get overwhelming, especially when there’s so much information to sort through. Here, we simplify the process and offer helpful tips to get the best data and how to collaborate with teachers and other professionals.
Michelle Vinokurov is a paraprofessional and RBT autistic advocate who was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. Through her parents’ early intervention and going through her own therapy, Michelle was inspired to start working in the field. We talk about how much has changed in ABA over the years, how things have improved, clarifying the importance of ABA for parents, and advice for a new practitioner.
Dr. Hank Schlinger is a professor at California State University and the author of several books on behavior and self-esteem in children. We discuss how important parental involvement is and how practitioners can do better when educating families and primary caregivers. We also talk about the importance of self-esteem and how it impacts lasting behavioral changes.
Ling and Jane join us on the show today and explain their AAC platform, Linggo. Communication is a complex concept and requires an interdisciplinary approach, while keeping the needs of the child front and center. Linggo is much different than traditional AACs and the company also provides training for both parents and practitioners, which helps with adoption and adherence.
Emily Varon is a BCBA and a sleep expert who offers CEUs to companies and ABA professionals. We discuss the importance of using non-extinction behaviors when addressing sleep issues. We also talk about co-sleeping, blue light exposure, and tips for ABA practitioners working through sleep problems with clients.
Michael Maloney is an expert in direct instruction and precision teaching. His work addresses the growing literacy problem, which he refers to as a global pandemic. We talk with Michael about the Follow Through Project, why the system won’t address the literacy problem, and what we can do as practitioners to make a difference.