with Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA


Attachment Theory: Parent-Child Attachment Affects Relationship Skills Throughout Life

Parent-Child Attachment
Parent-child attachment is a concept that greatly influences a child's interactions with others throughout their lifetime.

A child develops an attachment with anyone who they spend time with on a regular basis.
Attachment Theory
In the 1950s, the idea of attachment theory was developed.

John Bowlby, a psychoanalyst, described the term "attachment" in the context of infant-parent relationships.
Attachment Behaviors for Survival
Bowlby explored the behaviors that an infant displayed in relation to their parent, such as screaming, clinging, or crying....


Safe Infant Sleep Practices: Using BST to Teach Parents Safe Sleep Arrangements for Infants

Safe Sleep Practices for Infants
The principles of applied behavior analysis can be used to teach parents to create a safe sleeping environment for their infants. This was explored in a study published in the year 2020 by Carrow, Vladescu, Reeve, and Kisamore.
Sleep Related Infant Deaths
Sadly, there are over 3,000 sleep related infant deaths each year in the United States (Carrow, , 2020). To attempt to reduce these numbers, the medical and child development fields have placed...


BRIEF REVIEW: Effectiveness of Technology-Based Antecedent Training Report

Technology-Based Antecedent Training
A review was completed to explore research on technology-based antecedent training procedures.

The authors provide an overview of recent research on the topic of training procedures intended to improve staff skills in implementation of applied behavior analysis.
Examples of Technology-Based Antecedent Training
Examples of technology-based antecedent training procedures include staff watching video models of skills or completing interactive training materials on a computer.

Typically, as the authors state, the technology-based training procedures staff often complete are antecedent-only tools.


Parenting Styles: Brief Overview of Different Approaches to Parenting

4 Parenting Styles
One theory of parenting states that there are four different approaches to parenting. These include authoritarian parenting, authoritative parenting, and permissive parenting. Neglectful parenting was added as a fourth parenting style.
Authoritarian parents attempt to influence their child's behaviors based upon an established set of standards.

Children with authoritarian parents may have greater rates of aggression and delinquent type behaviors.
Permissive parents tend to be somewhat warm in their interactions with their children. They allow lots of...


Dimensions of Parenting: Parenting Approaches for Positive or Negative Outcomes in Children

Dimensions of Parenting
Parents play a vital role in the development and functioning of their children. The behaviors of a parent can influence the behaviors of that parent's child.

Research has found that there are two broad dimensions of parenting. A dimension of parenting is basically an overall way of behaving and responding toward one's child.
Parenting Dimension #1: Parental Support
The dimension of parenting known as "parental support" is related to the affective or emotional connection between parent and...


ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy): 6 Core Processes and Their Relevance for Parents

ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy): 6 Core Processes and Their Relevance for Parents
The ACT Hexaflex can be a helpful tool to use in applied behavior analysis particularly when working with parents.
ACT, or acceptance and commitment therapy, uses what is known as the ACT Hexaflex.

The ACT Hexaflex includes the six main processes present in the ACT framework.
6 Core Processes of ACT
The six core therapeutic process in ACT which are represented in the ACT Hexaflex include:

Contacting the...


Cultural Competence: A Necessary Training for Human Service Professionals

Cultural Competence Training
Cultural competence is an extremely important aspect of the work that any human service professional does. This includes for those who provide applied behavior analysis services.

It is important to obtain training in cultural competence for anyone who is working with other people.

To do this, you may want to seek out recommendations from colleagues, supervisors, or other professionals.
What Does Cultural Competence Training Provide?
Cultural competence training provides service providers with more knowledge and skills in the...


Self-Care: Introduction to Dimensions of Wellness and Setting Self Care Goals

What is Self-Care?
Self-care is “defined as a cadre of activities performed independently by an individual to promote and maintain personal well-being throughout life (Sanchez-Reilly, et. al., 2013).”

Self-care is important for every human being. However, it is especially important for people who are providing professional services to others. Self-care not only influences the person performing (or not performing) the self-care activities; It also influences those who that person is caring for or serving in a professional manner.


Compassion Fatigue: What is Compassion Fatigue and How to Deal with Emotionally Draining Work

What is Compassion Fatigue?
Compassion fatigue is a potential experience for professionals who work in a human service related role. Compassion fatigue is more common in professions which focus on people who experience trauma.

Compassion fatigue is also referred to as secondary trauma or vicarious trauma. When a professional experiences compassion fatigue, they may be less effective at providing quality care for their clients.

"Compassion fatigue (CF) is stress resulting from exposure to a traumatized individual. CF has been...


Defining Burnout: What is Burnout for ABA Providers?

"One of the most common psychological symptoms modern people increasingly experience is burnout, , the outcome of chronic work-related stress (Melamed et al., 2006, as cited in Koutsimani et al., 2019)."
Defining Burnout
Herbert Freudenberger, a psychiatrist, was the first to define staff burnout. This happened in 1974. His definition included the idea that a person, within the context of their employment, experienced one or multiple of the following:

lack of success
feelings of being worn out