Bonus Episode 15 - Discussing School Refusal w/ Dr. Christopher Kearney

Treating chronic absenteeism and school-refusal behavior is a growing need in many parts of the world. Heck, we even did a whole episode on it! Luckily, we have dedicated psychologists like Dr. Christopher Kearney working to meet these challenges through research and writings for professionals and for parents. Dr. Kearney joins Rob on the show this week to talk about his original research in developing the School-Refusal Assessment Scale and to troubleshoot some tough school-refusal scenarios.

Interested in learning more about school-refusal behavior? Check out ABA Inside Track Episode 58 for a nice overview of some of Dr. Kearney’s research. Then head on over to Amazon to pick up one of Dr. Kearney’s books including Rob’s favorite summer read, “Helping School Refusing Children and Their Parents”.

Episode 43 - Anxiety

Is anxiety just some imprecise term developed by our verbal community? Or does anxiety refer to a specific series of private events that can affect human behavior? Well, we've spent over an hour discussing the who's, what's, and where's of anxiety in the hopes of coming to some sort of a conclusion.  I don't know if we do, but at least Rob wrote a new song for the occasion!

Articles discussed this episode:

Friman, Patrick C., Hayes, S.C., & Wilson, K.G.  (1998).  Why behavior analysts should study emotion: The example of anxiety.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 31, 137-156.  doi: 10.1901/jaba.1998.31-137

Flood, W.A. & Wilder, D.A.  (2004).  The use of differential reinforcement and fading to increase time away from a caregiver in a child with separation anxiety disorder.  Education and Treatment of Children, 27, 1-8.  

Hagopian, L.P. & Jennett, H.K.  (2008).  Behavioral assessment and treatment of anxiety in individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism.  Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 20, 467-483.  doi: 10/1007/s10882-008-9114-8

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Episode 25 - Virtual Reality

If one were to enter the virtual world, could we really expect that person to come out the other side with great fire safety skills and a fearlessness about spiders?  Well, this week we discuss two articles that say, "Yes."  Featuring our very first call-in co-host, anecdotes galore about Rob's favorite video games, and more terrifying spider scenarios than you could shake a stick it.  Strap on those VR headsets and step into the next level of research-based entertainment.  And we never even mention that "Virtual Reality" song, because we refuse to make the easy references.  And we ran out of money to license it.

Articles discussed this episode:

Bouchard, S., Cote, S., St-Jacques, J., Robillard, G., & Renaud, P.   (2006).  Effectiveness of virtual reality exposure in the treatment of arachnophobia using 3D games.  Technology and Health Care, 14, 19-27.  

Padgett, L.S., Strickland, D., & Coles, C.D.  (2006).  Case study: Using a virtual reality computer game to teach fire safety skills to children diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 31, 65-70.  doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsj030

And for the gravy:

Morina, N., Ijntema, H., Meyerbroker, K., & Emmelkamp, P.M.G.  (2015).  Can virtual reality exposure therapy gains be generalized to real-life? A meta-analysis of studies applying behavioral assessments.  Behaviour Research and Therapy, 74.  18-24.  doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2015.08.010

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