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
When I was a child I loved watching The Jetsons. I often wondered if when I grew up, things would be like they described. As a mother, I have watched the cartoon again with my kids, and felt excited noticing the advances in technology that are present nowadays: phone calls in which you can see … Continue reading Care That Fits Your Needs
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?
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
As behavior analysts we are in the business of changing behavior. Usually we are hired to train a particular individual (e.g. a person with mental illness, a child with developmental disabilities, a leader who needs coaching) or a group of people (e.g. staff members, teachers), and we concentrate our efforts on that client’s target … Continue reading Who Are We Training?