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  • Operant Extinction

    A lot of times, when operant extinction (or extinction for short) is mentioned, it is in the context of planned ignoring. The problem with this is the assumption that the individual is ignored. The reality is that should always be the BEHAVIOR which is ignored, not the individual. Extinction occurs naturally all the time, so it is important to specify what it is. Operant extinction is what happens when reinforcement that normally is available is no longer available. While planned ignoring can be one way of putting extinction for a behavior into place, it is just an example. For example,

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  • Why Autism is Inspiring

    Beth of Behaviour Babble reached out to me a few months back asking me to contribute to an article that she was pulling together. I was honored by her request to share my thoughts on autism. Specifically, the questions she asked were, “What have you learned from working with children with autism? How did having them in your life make you grow as a person?” Here is the article. I definitely recommend you reading it because the other contributors offer such amazing insights and observations. If you have a moment, please give Behaviour Babble a follow on Facebook as well.

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  • Appeals to Popularity & the Consequences

    Appeals to popularity can seem harmless, but they pose a major danger, especially when it comes to socially significant behaviors up to and including medical decisions, voting, beliefs, and much, much more.

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  • When Parents Fight for Their Kids

    These parents essentially did a 15 year, continuous preference assessment to help their boys find their passion! It’s amazing. Community member, Allan Schneider, shared this inspiring article with us. The thing that sadness me is that frequently non-vocal/less vocal individuals are assumed to not have interests or passions, but all too often it is due to lack of exposure. Even individuals who might have struggles in other areas but are able to express themselves are frequently assumed to be limited in their interests. Thankfully, my parents took a similar tack with me and my siblings. I have previously mentioned that

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  • Socially Significant (and Non-significant)

    This glorious meme’s credit is owed to Jason Stauffer. He made the observation about a shared meme that pointing out a new behavior (Bx) without behavior is less of an issue than taking data on non-socially significant behaviors. Some examples of this is taking data on stimming behaviors for our autistic clients or not making eye contact. If there is self injury behaviors (SIB) or harming of others, then it is socially significant, but if it is none of those than we should not be worrying about the Bx. Age appropriate would be another example. Expecting a 3 to 5

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  • #dobetter in Schools (as well as ABA)

    ABA needs to be held to a high standard, but that does not excuse the abuses of education against the children the system should be serving and protecting.

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