Motivating Operations and Discriminative Stimuli

The Simple Way to Remember MOs vs SDs First things first, don’t think you’re alone when it comes to struggling with motivating operations and discriminative stimuli. Other than single subject design, my BCBA friends and my friends preparing to become BCBAs have an extremely difficult time wrapping their heads around motivating operations. It’s easy to

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The Basics of Anxiety

How to Manage Anxiety Social anxiety. Academic anxiety. Eating anxiety. Sleeping anxiety. The list goes on. Anxiety comes in many forms. Although a little bit of anxiety is a part of life, severe and crippling anxiety shouldn’t be. It’s important to know that children with autism are at risk for anxiety disorders. Furthermore, Covid-19 might

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Reinforcement or Punishment

What is Reinforcement and Punishment in Applied Behavior Analysis? Perhaps the most difficult part of training parents, or training aspiring registered behavior technicians, is taking them through the process of unlearning everything they know about punishment and reinforcement. See, in Applied Behavior Analysis reinforcement is not reinforcement and punishment is not punishment, unless, of course,

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How Can Instructional Intensity be Increased, and Why Should it be for Students with Disabilities?

Instructional Intensity  I really enjoyed Edward Kame’enui’s chapter from our readings this week. The style he presented the information was not only different, but it was also engaging. He stressed the idea that words should be taken seriously because words matter, and “the right word matters a lot” (Bateman, Lloyd, & Tankersley, 2015). I tend

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How to Become a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

Registered Behavior Technicians implement treatment plans designed by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA). RBTs play a crucial role in the remediation of deficits associated with autism. RBT work is extremely gratifying, and a job that anyone would be proud to hold. But how do you become an RBT?

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