Preference and Person-Centered Services

Preference, or choice, is the allocation of responding to one among many alternative responses (Fisher & Mazur, 1997). Changing preferences may yield access to a larger variety of reinforcing items, which may be beneficial, for example, to individuals who have developmental disabilities, and who generally have a narrow array of preferred stimuli or activities that … Continue reading Preference and Person-Centered Services

Knock, Knock: Are You Home?

Behavior analysts pride themselves in the understanding of behavior and its interactions with the environment. Once you understand the world through the behavior analysis lenses, you can’t help but to explain all behavior—individual, group, or organizational—through it. (for an interesting take on group behavior related to a recent fad, read this post). It is a … Continue reading Knock, Knock: Are You Home?

Behavior Analysts and Healthcare Transformation

The healthcare landscaping is changing, and integrated care is the goal. How can behavior analysts fit into this new model? Many states now offer ABA services through health insurance; with that, the demand for ABA services and the need for integration of what we do to primary care practice will only increase. Behavior analysts need … Continue reading Behavior Analysts and Healthcare Transformation

It Is Behavior Science, Not Magic

The CEO of the hospital where I used to work frequently said “I love watching you do your magic, Lili”. I often replied “It’s not magic, it’s science”, and he would look at me in disbelief and say “I think it’s you.” As flattering as the thought of being special was, I knew there nothing … Continue reading It Is Behavior Science, Not Magic

What Makes A Great Manager?

There are many qualities to a good manager: ability to deliver positive reinforcement, establish attainable and challenging goals, ability to engage and motivate, and ability to create a clear vision of the target state are a few that can readily be named. Today, I would like to discuss one particular sign of a good manager, … Continue reading What Makes A Great Manager?

So Your Direct Care Worker Is… Lazy?

It is true that one of the greatest challenges we face as behavior analysts is the commitment of those delivering the services we design. Whether you work in private therapy with kids with developmental disabilities, or at a large service delivery organization, chances are that the person designing the behavior programs and the person delivering … Continue reading So Your Direct Care Worker Is… Lazy?

Diversity and Behavior Analysis

Behavior analysis is widely used to teach atypical individuals (people with developmental disabilities, people with mental illness, people with learning disabilities) to behave as typical individuals. One can argue that is building a repertoire of socially accepted adaptive and functional behavior. This morning, I caught myself wondering: in a world so diverse, and with so … Continue reading Diversity and Behavior Analysis

What’s In Your Language?

Behavior analysts in general love technical language. I am guilty as charged—I love talking about technical terms, and once I even wrote a paper reviewing how behavior analysts use the term prompt (you can check it here), but I want to know about your everyday language. Have you thought about the implications of your language … Continue reading What’s In Your Language?