Bonus Episode 11 - BABAT Special 2018

When crisp fall air strikes, you know that the BABAT conference is about to get underway. This year, we celebrate New England’s coolest conference for behavior analysts by talking with some of the students featured at the evening poster session. Then, to honor the last BABAT held at scenic UMass Amherst, we gather some dear friends around two pounds of chicken wings to reminisce on some of our favorite memories.

Student Posters Discussed:

A Descriptive Assessment of Activity-Based Variation in Pre-School Children. NICOLE LENARES, Joseph Dracobly, Tayler Shea, Ashley Williams, Morgan Winship, and Sydney Spencer (Eastern Connecticut State University).

A Parametric Analysis of Inter-Trial Intervals on Establishing Functional Communication. KENDRA GUINNESS and Kevin Schlichenmeyer (The Autism Community Therapists).

Extending Functional Analysis Session Length to Yield Menainingful Outcomes. CURTIA HUMBERT, Matt Decho, Victoria Cimino, and David Kuhn (Milestones Behavioral Services).

Evaluation of Systematically Fading Protective Equipment to Decrease Problem Behavior and Increase Academic Skills. KRISTINA HARTY, Lauren Carter, and Silva Orchanian (Melmark New England).

Treatment of Stereotypy: Differential Reinforcement Schedules and Reinforcer Delivery Rate. FINLEY CRUGER, ANGELICA SEDANO, Eileen Roscoe, and Chelsea Hedquist (New England Center for Children).

Teaching Children to Implement Response Interruption Redirection to Reduce Siblings’ Stereotypy. KAITLYN MILES and Jacquelyn MacDonald (Regis College).

Teaching Abduction Prevention Skills to Children. TAYLOR JOHNS and Jacquelyn MacDonald (Regis College).

Assessment and Treatment of Trichotillomania: Are Competing Items Effective When Treating Multiply Controlled Behavior? KARA MACLEAN and G. Tracey Toran (New England Center for Children).

Episode 57 - Do Humans Prefer Contingencies?

This week we're researching the age-old question: Will I be happier by doing stuff or just waiting for the world to reward me? In behavioral terms, we're discussing whether humans prefer contingent or noncontingent reinforcement.  After going over two excellent research articles exploring this question through the use of the ever-popular concurrent-chains procedure, Jackie and Diana expose their crazy, right-wing politics to assess the U.S. welfare system while our favorite liberal progressive, Rob, watches in horror.

Articles discussed this episode:

Luczynksi, K.C. & Hanley, G.P.  (2009).  Do children prefer contingencies? An evaluation of the efficacy of and preference for contingent versus noncontingent social reinforcement during play.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42, 511-525.  doi: 10.1901/jaba.2009.42-511

Hanley, G.P., Piazza, C.C., Fisher, W.W., Contrucci, S.A., & Maglieri, K.A.  (1997).  Evaluation of client preference for function-based treatment packages.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 30, 459-473.  doi: 10.1901/jaba.1997.30-459

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Episode 57 Preview

You enter a hall full of all of your favorite things.  The old knight of the Crusade beckons you to him.  "Among you are the greatest delights known to humanity.  You may engage in whip-cracking tricks to earn them.  Or, I can give you one every now and again.  You must choose...but choose wisely."  And in that moment, you realize: you should have listened to that episode of ABA Inside Track about whether humans prefer contingencies.  Suddenly, you awaken in a cold sweat and look at the calendar.  "Oh, thank Skinner," you gasp.  "It's only the preview episode! There's still time to subscribe!" Then, with visions of Diana, Jackie, and Rob podcasting in your head, you slip off, back to dreamland. 

Articles for next episode:

Luczynksi, K.C. & Hanley, G.P.  (2009).  Do children prefer contingencies? An evaluation of the efficacy of and preference for contingent versus noncontingent social reinforcement during play.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42, 511-525.  doi: 10.1901/jaba.2009.42-511

Hanley, G.P., Piazza, C.C., Fisher, W.W., Contrucci, S.A., & Maglieri, K.A.  (1997).  Evaluation of client preference for function-based treatment packages.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 30, 459-473.  doi: 10.1901/jaba.1997.30-459

Episode 22 - AAC

Despite sounding like Lunchlady Doris from the Simpsons and zoning in and out of consciousness, Rob does his best to attend to Jackie and Diana's review of articles about augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).  Whether using picture exchange or a speech-generating device, there's a lot to learn about how practitioners can improve the communication and vocalizations of clients using AAC.  Plus, the proper nomenclature when discussing PECS, echoics in the face of outrageous accents, using "all done" to end a showtune review, and how to mand for the popcorn that's across the table.  I think I got it.  Just play the episode again, I wasn't listening.

Special shout-out to Kate Ahern and her website, Teaching Learners With Multiple Special Needs for the amazing Periodic Table of AAC image in the episode thumbnail and in the post body below, as well as for being a great resource for special education technology news.

Source: Kate Ahern, Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs

Source: Kate Ahern, Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs

Episode 22 Preview

On this week's preview edition, we get ready for a hearty discussion of augmentative and alternative communication or AAC.  Whether high- or low-tech, these articles get at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to communication for non-vocal individuals.  And in Errata, Diana shares a wonderful email, Jackie tells us all how to make her pocket ethics charts, and Rob thanks you all for listening then demands iTunes reviews and Facebook likes so he can feel pretty.

Articles for next week:

Ganz, J.B. & Simpson, R.L.  (2004).  Effects on communicative requesting and speech development of the Picture Exchange Communication System in children with characteristics of autism.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 34, 395-409.  doi: 10.1023/B:JADD.0000037416.59095.d7

Gevarter, C., O'Reilly, M.F., Kuhn, M., Mills, K., Ferguson, R., Watkins, L., Sigafoos, J., Lang, R., Rojeski, L., & Lancioni, G.E.  (2016).  Increasing the vocalizations of individuals with autism during intervention with a speech-generating device.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49, 17-33.  doi: 10.1002/jaba.270

Episode 18 - Challenging Behavior From Point A to Point B

Did you ever notice how hard it is to get from place to place? Is it the fact that your new location just isn't as much fun as your starting point? Is it that dawdling is its own reward? Or could it be some sort of existential crisis concerning the movement of your body through space and time as we all hurtle through space towards total entropy? This week we talk about challenging behavior around transitioning from place to place.  We review a classic analysis of the function of SIB during transitions and get a glimpse into how our new computer overlords will make us all more efficient students as we move about the classroom.  Invariably we wander from tangent to tangent: our favorite transition of all!

Articles discussed this episode:

McCord, B.E. & Thomson, R.J (2001).  Functional analysis and treatment of self-injury associated with transitions.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 34, 195-210.  doi: 10.1901/jaba.2001.34-195

Hine, J.F., Ardoin, S.P., & Foster, T.E. (2015).  Decreasing transition times in elementary school classrooms: Using computer-assisted instruction to automate intervention components.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 48, 495-510.  doi: 10.1002/jaba.233

Brewer, A.T., Strickland-Cohen, K., Dotson, W., & Williams, D.C. (2014).  Advance notice for transition-related problem behavior: Practice guidelines.  Behavior Analysis in Practice, 7, 117-125.  doi:10.1007/s40617-014-0014-3

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