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Blog Update: Applied Behavior Analysis & Play Therapy

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This blog, “Reflections from a Children’s Therapist,” has consisted mostly of blog posts based on my experiences, education, and thoughts regarding play therapy and general mental health therapy with kids. However, I have decided to make a slight switch in my focus on this blog.

To self-disclose a bit, I have been working as an Applied Behavior Analysis Technician and as a Supervisor of ABA Technicians. Additionally, I have been working toward becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). I should be fully certified by the beginning of 2016. In the meantime, I am working full-time in the field and gaining great knowledge and experience along the way.

As I still have play therapy in my roots, I will likely address that topic from time to time. However, I will be using this blog to discuss topics that are more related to my current and new future career path. Some topics that will beĀ  discussed in upcoming blog posts include:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as it applies to:
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
      • Ex: reducing maladaptive behaviors & increasing skills
      • Ex: increasing appropriate communication skills
      • Ex: improving social skills
    • ADHD
      • Ex: increasing attention span and focus
    • Learning Disabilities (including Dyslexia)
      • Ex: improving reading and spelling skills
    • Parenting
      • Ex: how to get your child to stop whining during homework time
      • Ex: how to get your kids to sit still at dinner time
      • Ex: how to get your kids to follow a routine independently
    • Personal Development
      • Ex: creating and sustaining new habits
      • Ex: eating healthier

See this link from the Center for Autism for an informative description of ABA. Part of their description states:

“Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the application of the principles of learning and motivation from Behavior Analysis, and the procedures and technology derived from those principles, to the solution of problems of social significance. Many decades of research have validated treatments based on ABA.”

Additionally, this blog, previously known as “Reflections from a Children’s Therapist,” will be renamed, “Reflections in Applied Behavior Analysis.”

Thanks for reading this update on my blog. I will be providing new posts soon.

Please share any thoughts or ideas you might have for topics that you would be interested in having me write about or any questions you might have related to ABA, parenting, or any of the specific (or related) disorders that I mentioned above.

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Blog Update: Applied Behavior Analysis & Play Therapy

Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA

Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA. Heather is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Heather has also obtained a master's degree in clinical social work and a bachelor's degree in psychology with a youth services minor. Additionally, Heather is a freelance writer. Heather takes interest in topics related to parenting, children, families, personal development, health and wellness, applied behavior analysis, happiness, and life coaching as well as Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and other learning disabilities.Contact Heather if you would like to inquire about obtaining her freelance writing services.You can view her personal blog/website at and email her at


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APA Reference
Gilmore, H. (2015). Blog Update: Applied Behavior Analysis & Play Therapy. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 19, 2018, from