with Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA


Brief Summary of the 6 Core Processes of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and commitment therapy, also known as ACT, aims to increase one's psychological flexibility. This can be an important skill that many individuals who receive applied behavior analysis services could benefit from improving.

The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science defines ACT in this way:
"In theoretical and process terms we can define ACT as a psychological intervention based on modern behavioral psychology, including Relational Frame Theory, that applies mindfulness and acceptance processes, and commitment and behavior change processes, to the creation of psychological flexibility (Hayes, ND)."
Psychological flexibility is a complex concept. It includes being able to be in the present moment with your mind and your body in a way that allows you to be aware of what is happening in the now. Additionally, psychological flexibility includes being able to intentionally act in ways that are beneficial and helpful to yourself. By being more psychologically flexible, you can behave in ways that are connected to your own personal values and goals.

To obtain healthy levels of psychological flexibility, a person can utilize a combination of the six core processes of ACT.


6 Strategies for Using Applied Behavior Analysis in Schools

Applied behavior analysis is important and beneficial for all students. ABA strategies can be used to help all youth learn new skills and improve their quality of life. ABA is becoming more common as a service being provided to children with autism spectrum disorder within many communities. However, one difficulty for children of school-age is that many of them attend public schools where their ABA practitioners are not able to help them to generalize skills and improve their behaviors in that setting.

To help children in their everyday natural environment of being in a school setting, applied behavior analysis (and strategies and concepts found within the field of behavior analysis) should be more present within schools and individualized for each student.


Marketing Your Applied Behavior Analysis Practice

The BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts has multiple statements about advertising - or marketing - as it relates to behavior analysis services.

For instance, section : Public Statements, addresses the following topics:

Avoiding False or Deceptive Statements
Intellectual Property
Statements by Others
Media Presentations and Media-Based Services
Testimonials and Advertising
In-Person Solicitation

Looking more closely at each of these subsections in the Compliance Code can help ABA...


Collection of Parent Training Articles from this Blog: Reflections on Applied Behavior Analysis

To make it easier to learn about ABA parent training, we are presenting a collection from this blog: Reflections on Applied Behavior Analysis. This collection includes a list of many of our articles that relate to ABA parent training.

History of behavioral parent training
Is ABA Parent Training truly ABA? – Considering the 7 dimensions in parent training services
Theoretical Foundation of Parent Training
What is ABA Parent Training? – A Definition


11 Social Skills for Teens with ASD

It can sometimes be difficult to identify which types of social skills to help youth with autism spectrum disorder to develop. When selecting social skills to target in intervention (such as in ABA services), it is important to consider what is in the best interest of the client. Instead of considering how to make the client become more like the general population or working on social skills that you or someone else thinks is important, interventionists...


History of behavioral parent training

Behaviorally based parent training has a long history. Parenting interventions have formally been used since the 1970s. However, the principles that have shaped behavioral parent training have been developed since the early 20th century.
Identification of behavior management strategies and parent involvement
In the early 1920s, behavior modification techniques became more well-known. At the same time, researchers who explored child development, learning, and behaviors began to recognize the importance of a person’s environment in the way the person...


Is ABA Parent Training truly ABA? – Considering the 7 dimensions in parent training services

As behavior analysts well known, applied behavior analysis can be used for countless purposes. From education to healthcare to organizational development to autism, ABA can be used for so many areas in life.

ABA can help to improve the quality of life for both humans and animals. This is true yet sometimes it may be difficult to identify exactly why a particular intervention or strategy is truly considered applied behavior analysis.

Using behavioral concepts alone does not make...


Theoretical Foundation of Parent Training

ABA is based upon principles of learning theory. And, as discussed in the previous post about ‘What is ABA Parent Training?’, ABA parent training is also based upon learning theory.
Basics of Learning Theory
Learning theory includes theoretical foundations of three main areas of science including:

Social Learning Theory
Social Cognitive Learning Theory

All learning theories emphasize the importance of the environment in the learning and development process.

Social learning theory, developed by Bandura in 1971, in combination...


What is ABA Parent Training? – A Definition

There does not seem to be an overall agreed upon definition of ‘ABA parent training.’ However, this phrase is used frequently throughout the field of applied behavior analysis.

ABA parent training may also be known by other terms such as family guidance, parent guidance, or caregiver training.
What is ABA Parent Training?
In this article, we will explore the question: What is ABA parent training?

To do this, we will first break the phrase into discrete pieces to identify their...