with Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA


More Tips for Providing ABA to Adolescents

The last post in this blog identified some tips for providing ABA (applied behavior analysis) to adolescents and older children. This post will provide more tips on this topic, as well.

When working with younger children, it can be somewhat easier to take data particularly when doing discrete trial teaching when the child is sitting at a desk near the behavior technician. However, when working with adolescents taking data may be a little more challenging especially during more non-structured and interactive tasks.

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Tips for Providing ABA to Adolescents and Older Children

Applied behavior analysis for individuals with autism spectrum disorder is most known for being used for the younger child such as from the ages of two to six or seven years old. However, increasingly, older children and adolescents are also receiving applied behavior analysis services.

Following you will find some research-based information for providing applied behavior analysis services to older children and adolescents.

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How to Get Siblings to Behave Well on Long Road Trips (Stop the Sibling Rivalry)

My family and I just went on a fairly long road trip for a short vacation. It was about 3 hours there and 3 hours back. We stayed at the vacation location for about 24 hours. I have three kids (currently ages 3, 8, and 9). They get along fairly well and I am very proud of them, but I won't sugar-coat it, they certainly have some sibling rivalry that is common for practically all siblings that have ever existed :)

I have put a lot of parenting effort (mixed with a little bit of applied behavior analysis knowledge and experience) into helping them learn positive, appropriate behaviors individually as well as social skills regarding how they interact with one another.

15 Fields to Apply Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Services

Applied behavior analysis is most known for its application to children with autism spectrum disorder. However, this is not the only field that ABA can be applied. Additionally, ABA is not even specifically an autism treatment. More accurately, "Applied Behavior Analysis is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior(1)." (Ref: Applied Behavioral Strategies)

See this video for some examples of ABA:


3 Organizational Tips to Improve Compliance in Kids with ADHD (and other youth, too)

Kids with ADHD have a tendency to forget things and get distracted and this often leads to messy personal space and non-compliance with things like submitting homework, cleaning one's room, and following directions. Here are 7 organizational-related tips that are based upon behavioral science to help children with (or without) ADHD improve their compliance in many areas of life.


ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)…A Summary

ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) is a therapeutic treatment intervention that is based on behavioral therapy more specifically Relational Frame Theory (RFT). One of the essential components of ACT is to encourage values-guided action. ACT is also about taking mindful action.

When thinking about who you want to be or certain changes you want to make, ACT would present questions such as: "What do you want to stand for in life? What really matters, deep in your heart? [What are] your heart's deepest desires for whom you want to be and what you want to do during your brief time on this planet." (Harris, 2009)

ACT includes mindfulness skills as well as encourages one to take action that is based upon their own values and in ways that will ultimately enrich their lives.

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7 Inspiring Quotes for Behavior Analysts

“Ultimately, knowing what drives us puts us in the driver’s seat.” – Susan M. Schneider, 2012
“The quality of human life, perhaps even the survival of life as we know it, depends on finding ways to make everyone’s environment more nurturing–less coercive and more caring, supportive of human development, and focused on doing what works.” – Anthony Biglan, 2015

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A Hypothesis on Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Benefits of Solitary Life

Could autism spectrum disorder be related to the hunter-gatherer type of personality? Could natural evolution have purposely selected autistic characteristics to be part of the human gene pool as a necessary part of our society? This is a possibility. Read the article by Jared Edward Reser in the Evolutionary Psychology Journal. Here is a link to free access to the article.

A copy of the abstract is below: