ABC's of Behavior with Shira & Shayna

Episode 057: ABC’s of Behavior with Shira & Shayna

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.

Episode 055: RBT and Autistic Advocate with Michelle Vinokurov

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.

How To Build Good Behavior and Self-esteem in Children

Episode 054: How To Build Good Behavior and Self-esteem in Children

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.

Episode 053: Picture-Based AAC System for Children with Autism

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.

Autism and Sleep Challenges with Emily Varon

Episode 052: Autism and Sleep Challenges with Emily Varon

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.

The Literacy Epidemic

Episode 051: The Literacy Epidemic with Michael Maloney

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.

Reinforcement: Sneak Peek into Mentorship with Shira and Kat

Episode 050: Reinforcement: Sneak Peek into Mentorship with Shira and Kat

In this mentorship sneak peek, we discuss a question from a community member around reinforcement. It’s easy to associate reinforcers with physical objects like toys and snacks, but there are plenty of non-tangible reinforcers that are intrinsically motivating. Using a little creativity when uncovering reinforcers goes a long way.

Newly Minted Burnout with Julie Tewell

Episode 049: Newly Minted Burnout with Julie Tewell

We’re discussing burnout with one of our members, Julie Tewell, a clinical BCBA based out of Louisville, KY. As a newly minted BCBA, it’s important to stick to your values and never settle for a toxic job when you can find one that better suits you. If you’re new to the field, lean on your network and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Supervision and Creativity with Kailani Bartley

Episode 048: Supervision and Creativity with Kailani Bartley

Kailani Bartley is one of our members and she’s currently working at CABS in Chicago. She just graduated with her master’s and is sitting for the BCBA exam in August. We chat with Kailani about supervision, creativity, and how to succeed as a newly minted BCBA.

Question from The Audience: Automatic Reinforcement

Episode 047: Question From Audience: Automatic Reinforcement

One of our audience members brought a question to us about automatically reinforced behaviors. It’s important to identify the function first and why the behavior is so appealing. Then, you can work on introducing replacement behaviors and a strategy that works.