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 35 - Response Interruption and Redirection w/ Dr. Bill Ahearn

This week we're joined by special guest, Dr. Bill Ahearn, to discuss response interruption and redirection (RIRD).  We discuss the fascinating history of how this popular treatment for vocal stereotypy came to be, the ins and outs of implementing the treatment, when to use it, and, more importantly, when NOT to use it.  Plus, some helpful troubleshooting tips for practitioners and why you shouldn't pronounce it "rrrrird".

Articles discussed this episode:

Ahearn, W.H., Clark, K.M., MacDonald, R.P.F., & Chung, B.I.  (2007).  Assessing and treating vocal stereotypy in children with autism.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 40, 263-275.  doi: 10.1901/jaba.2007.30-06

Colon, C.L., Ahearn, W.H., Clark, K.M., & Masalsky, J.  (2012).  The effects of verbal operant training and response interruption and redirection on appropriate and inappropriate vocalizations.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 45, 107-120.  doi: 10.1901/jaba.2012.45-107

Colon, C.L. & Ahearn, W.H.  (in prep).  An analysis of treatment integrity of response interruption and redirection.

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Episode 34 - Preschool Life Skills

Love learning about classroom management strategies but wonder what's available for the junior set? Wonder no more as we review the Preschool Life Skills.  Gaze in wonder at the power of name calling...or is that calling a name? Faint in shock at a variety of evocative situations.  And flee in terror from attention-grabbing FCR! Remember, the children are our future; teach them appropriate means of accessing reinforcement and let them lead the way.

Articles discussed this episode:

Hanley, G.P., Heal, N.A., Tiger, J.H., & Ingvarsson, E.T.  (2007).  Evaluation of a classwide teaching program for developing preschool life skills.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 40, 277-300.  doi: 10.1901/jaba.2007-57-06

Beaulieu, L., Hanley, G.P., & Roberson, A.A.  (2012).  Effects of responding to a name and group call on preschoolers' compliance.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 45, 685-707.  doi: 10.1901/jaa.2012.45-685

Luczynski, K.C. & Hanley, G.P.  (2013).  Prevention of problem behavior by teaching functional communication and self-control skills to preschoolers.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 46, 355-368.  doi: 10.1002/jaba.44

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Episode 34 Preview

Following up from our last episode on classroom management, it's preschool life skills.  Think about it like the junior version of techniques for maintaining a productive classroom.  And, surprise! Young children won't just "run out" of inappropriate behavior or magically learn how to follow classroom rules.  And while you're prepping for next week's full-length episode, enjoy some excellent listener posts from the ABA Inside Track Facebook page and a rant about Cars 3.  

Articles for next week:

Hanley, G.P., Heal, N.A., Tiger, J.H., & Ingvarsson, E.T.  (2007).  Evaluation of a classwide teaching program for developing preschool life skills.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 40, 277-300.  doi: 10.1901/jaba.2007-57-06

Beaulieu, L., Hanley, G.P., & Roberson, A.A.  (2012).  Effects of responding to a name and group call on preschoolers' compliance.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 45, 685-707.  doi: 10.1901/jaa.2012.45-685

Luczynski, K.C. & Hanley, G.P.  (2013).  Prevention of problem behavior by teaching functional communication and self-control skills to preschoolers.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 46, 355-368.  doi: 10.1002/jaba.44