- Categories: BCBASpring is here and, this year, it feels more welcoming than ever following a year of social distancing, mask wearing, and virtual ABA sessions. If outdoor restrictions have relaxed, take advantage of those opportunities to enrich home and community ABA sessions for clients. Video Modeling Video modeling can be utilized for teaching any number of skills, and has been shown to be an effective intervention. Why not use video modeling (or prerecorded videos) to pre-teach expectations for a new location? Pool safety, social greetings, and turn-taking on the playground can all be taught using video modeling
April is Autism Awareness month, which often means blue shirts, fundraisers, and even blue lightbulbs to raise awareness for individuals with Autism. With the current rate of children receiving a diagnosis of Autism at 1 in 54 (CDC, 2016), much of the United States is already fairly aware of Autism. More recently, the emphasis has been shifted to Autism Acceptance and the recognition of neurodiverse viewpoints. As we near the end of April, we want to shed some light how both Applied Behavior Analysis and the neurodiversity movement can not only coexist, but actively work together. A Brief History of Neurodiversity Neurodiversity is a term coined in the past 30 years.
- According to the Behavior Analysis Certification Board Examination Pass Rates report, only 63% of first-time applicants passed the BCBA exam on their first attempt in 2019. This means 37% of applicants are repeat test takers and require additional attempts to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. The good news is that the BACB requires 30-days elapse from the date of the prior exam and the next opportunity to test, which allows time to review skill areas and determine a test-taking strategy.
- Many behavior analysts find themselves working individually, with a family or client, in a non-central work location. Podcasts can allow professionals to observe a conversation among peers, expand their professional experience, or review research-based content, no matter their geographic location or access to peers. Additionally, some podcasts can help to fill continuing education requirements, making them an inexpensive way to meet professional obligations and reduce the reliance on conferences. A wide range of podcasts, in a variety of tones, are available that all focus on applied behavior analysis.