with Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA

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3 Effective Tips for Losing Weight and Improving Healthy Habits

It is often the case that dieting fails or people tend to go back to their old habits. In terms of losing weight and getting into the habit of maintaining healthy habits, it can seem to be an uphill battle. Even when people seem to achieve their goals temporarily, such as by losing 5 or 10 pounds or starting on an exercise routine, it can quickly (or maybe just gradually) diminish and our habits quickly return to the way we used to do things, the way we used to eat, the activity level (or lack of much activity-level) we used to maintain.

I don't mean to sound depressing or to put anyone down, and it is perfectly understandable if you experience the above scenario. I certainly have many times. However, scientific principles of human behavior can offer us some great tools to use when attempting to achieve our weight loss goals and increase healthy habits, such as exercising.


You Don’t Have to Resort to “Punishment” to Get your Toddler to Behave: What to do Instead (From a Science-based, ABA-perspective)

As parents, we have the best of intentions. We love our children unconditionally. We want them to behave, do what they are told (immediately), and not do what they are not supposed to do. We want our children to act appropriately when we go out in public, when they are at school, and in the home.

All of these expectations are perfectly reasonable. Parents play a big role in influencing their children's behavior now, while their children are still young, as well as in teaching behaviors that will hopefully help them to function successfully and appropriately in adulthood.


3 Science-Based Techniques to Change Behavior…with Videos

Following are some very useful and informative videos that discuss scientifically based methods for changing human behavior. These applied behavior analysis principles are relevant to anyone. Of course, some techniques work better for some people and for some behaviors compared to others, but generally speaking ABA principles are related to all people. The examples provided below can be effective for all kids and adults with or without a diagnosis or disability.

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Social Skills for Children with Autism: Reference List for BCBA’s (Applied Behavior Analysis)

This blog post will consist of a reference list of peer-reviewed journal articles that relate to the topic of social skills and children with autism spectrum disorders. It is an ethical responsibility for BCBA's to make regular and thorough contact with the scientific literature. Being aware of the evidence behind potential interventions for ABA services provided to children with autism is a necessity for BCBA's and others providing applied behavior analysis services.

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3 Ways to Improve the Back-to-School Transition for Yourself and Your Kids

Back to school is already here for some families and others will experience this transition within the next couple of weeks. Any parent knows that the transition can bring some challenges although it is often an exciting time.

Following are a few ways that you, as a parent, can help to improve the back to school transition for your kids. Following these suggestions will likely make the transition go much more smoothly for you, as well. If your kids are already in school, committing to these tips can make the beginning of the school year at least somewhat more manageable.


3 Antecedent Strategies to Increase Good Behavior in Kids

There are many strategies that you can do to help your own children or the children you work with increase the likelihood that they will engage in more "good" behavior and less "bad" behavior. Whether the child has a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, another diagnosis, or does not have a diagnosis at all, the following antecedent strategies are likely to be beneficial in improving your child's overall behavior.

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Seven Dimensions of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis): Changing human behavior the scientific way

ABA (applied behavior analysis) is based on scientific methods and is founded on 7 core dimensions (Baer, Wolf, Risley, 1968). This means that all interventions that are provided through ABA services should fall within these 7 categories. This is important to ensure that the interventions are supported by research, that the interventions are effective and socially significant, and that interventions are closely monitored to ensure consistent progress or to provide support for modifications to the interventions if a previously implemented intervention hasn't found to be effective for a particular client.

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Lego Therapy for Children with Autism

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder struggle with inappropriate or delayed social skills, fine motor skills, group skills, communication skills, attention skills, play skills, and more. Professionals from many fields are involved in the care of children with ASD including speech therapists, occupational therapists, mental health therapists (including play therapists), behavior analysts, pediatricians, special education teachers, and others.

I love when I see how professionals can work together to provide optimal services to youth. We all come from different backgrounds, with different experiences, different areas of expertise, different personal perspectives, and so much uniqueness yet sometimes we get set in our ways and so proud of our own discipline that we forget that others might have valid opinions, intervention suggestions, and treatment models, as well.


READ THIS FOR A LAUGH: Funny yet Amazing ABA Song, Video, & Pictures

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am now training to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and work as an ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Supervisor for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I love my job. I love working with the kids and watching them grow and progress. I also love ABA and considering how it applies in everyday life even for those without disorders or disabilities.

Continue reading for a very fun ABA song and more!