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Compassionately Targeting Challenging Behavior

Episode 129: Compassionately Targeting Challenging Behavior with ABA

As BCBAs, part of our job is to target challenging behavior. Here, we discuss how to do so in a compassionate way so that our learners feel safe. Our conversation includes how reframe our perspective to a more compassionate approach, how to build trusting relationships, and how to make environments more enriching and fun.

writing behavior intervention plans with Morgan Van Diepen

Episode 128: Writing Behavior Intervention Plans with Morgan van Diepen

Morgan van Diepen is the founder of ABA Visualized, a company whose goal is to make behavioral expertise approachable, accessible, and relatable. Here, Morgan shares insights into the development of ABA Visualized. We also discuss Morgan’s work with behavior plans, dealing with imposter syndrome, and findings from Morgan’s pilot study.

Classroom Reinforcement

Episode 127: Classroom Reinforcement

Successful classroom reinforcement systems motivate students to show more positive behaviors. Here, we discuss the key components that make reinforcement effective and why reinforcement isn’t bribery. We also talk about individual reinforcement systems, group and individual contingencies, and the do’s and don’ts of successful classroom reinforcement programs.

WH Questions

Episode 126: How to Teach WH Questions

Here, we dive into teaching our learners WH questions. We discuss the importance of comprehension and why we need to teach across operants. We cover how to handle error correction, how to utilize matching and visuals, and provide information on our upcoming webinar.

Episode 125: Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress for Learners with Autism

The holidays are fast approaching and we’re starting to plan for the upcoming busy season. Here, we dive into ways we can help decrease stress throughout the holiday season. We share tips on how to use visual schedules, how to say no to invitations, how to handle transitions smoothly, and more.

inclusion aba

Episode 124: Expanding the Definition of Inclusion in ABA with Chris Collins

Chris Collins is the Executive Director of Ability to Include. Here, Chris shares insights into inclusion, which he believes extends beyond kids with autism. Our conversation with Chris also includes how he obtains funding, his thoughts on the future of ABA, and why we need better training and development for RBTs.

Social Skills Using ACT

Episode 123: How to Teach Social Skills Using ACT

With some learners, we have to go beyond simple contingency management and reinforcement techniques. We’ve been exploring using ACT when teaching social skills and relational frame theory, which allow us to build skills that require indirect experiences and abstract thought. Here, we discuss how ACT works, share real world examples, and provide information on an upcoming webinar.

professional communication and feedback

Episode 122: Professional Communication and Feedback Tips for ABA Professionals

An important part of our jobs as ABA professionals is to communicate with supervisors, parents, co-workers, and stakeholders. Here, we discuss giving and receiving feedback and how to approach those interactions appropriately. We also talk about common communication obstacles, what to do if you feel defensive when receiving feedback, and tips for communicating with parents.

Being an Awesome ABA Instructor

Episode 121: Being an Awesome ABA Instructor

Being a fantastic ABA instructor goes way beyond the duties listed on the job description. Here, we cover the qualities that help you move from good to great. We discuss how to stay open to feedback and how to deliver it to others. We also talk about the importance of being detail-oriented, using your intuition and thinking on your feet, and how to be fun and creative.

Episode 120: Are Social Stories Effective in ABA?

In ABA, we typically use social stories as a piece of a larger treatment puzzle. Here, we discuss why we use social stories and how to utilize them correctly. We also share some real-life examples and how to measure progress and collect data.