Alternative to the Standard Functional Analysis

Alternative to the Standard Functional Analysis Written by: Brooke Ozz, MS, BCBA, LBA Functional behavior assessments that include descriptive assessments (e.g. FAST, MAS, or QABF), indirect assessments (e.g. interviews, observations, ABC data) and a formal functional analysis have long been the gold standard for determining the function of problem behavior. The “standard” functional analysis procedure…

Bullying Resources for Individuals Diagnosed with Disabilities

Written by:  Briana Judd, MS, BCBA, LBA Bullying Resources for Individuals Diagnosed with Disabilities. What is bullying?  According to stopbullying.gov, “Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children. It involves a real or perceived power imbalance and the behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time,” (Stopbullying.gov, n.d.). Studies in…

Adapting Games

Adapting Games written by: Stacey Guzowski As teachers, service providers and caretakers of individuals with learning differences, we are constantly searching for innovative ways to enhance the learning of the students we work with.  And, although there are numerous avenues to do this, one area that can be both overlooked and under-rated are good old-fashioned…

No one is “bad at meditating” : Embracing Mindfulness Meditation to Improve Health

No one is “bad at meditating”: Embracing Mindfulness Meditation to Improve Health There is a large body of research supporting the fact that mindfulness meditation reduces many negative health outcomes, such as heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and cognitive decline. Why, then, is it not more regularly practiced, especially among helping professionals? Many individuals…

Teaching Safety Skills Using Behavioral Skills Training

By Christine Holland, BCBA, LBA In 2016, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children assisted law enforcement and families with approximately 20,500 cases of missing children.  Many families and caregivers try to protect their children from abduction by specifically teaching them skills like understanding the concept of strangers, warning signs of distrustful behavior, and what…