Dr. Joyce Tu, Ed.D., BCBA-D, Director of Center for Behavioral Sciences was an invited lecturer again this week, at Pepperdine University’s Irvine Graduate Campus. Dr. Tu’s presentation was entitled “A Brief Introduction to Effective ABA Programs for Individuals with Autism,” for a class of future clinical psychologists. This provided an overview of ABA and best practices in clinical settings. It is always great to work with a new group of future practitioners, ready to improve lives!
On March 9, 2018, CBS’ Director Dr. Joyce Tu, along with CBS’ Assistant Director Ronald Moreno, Clinical Manager Alex Silva, and behavior consultant Angie Montero presented two original behavior analytic research studies in a poster session, as part of the California Association for Applied Behavior Analysis 36th Annual Western Regional Conference in Santa Clara. The studies are entitled “Teaching Metaphorical Tacts to Individuals Diagnosed with Autism,” and “Teaching Autoclitic Responses to Children Diagnosed with Autism.” CBS is proud of its ongoing contributions to the field of applied behavior analysis, and we are grateful to all study participants.
Center for Behavioral Sciences, Inc. is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Shaji Haq to the CBS team! Dr. Haq will serve as CBS’ Clinical Director, effective January 16, 2018. Dr. Haq is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst‒Doctoral (BCBA-D) with a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Oregon. Dr. Haq earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, in 2009, his Educational Specialist (Ed.S) degree in School Psychology at California State University, Fresno, in 2012, and he has been a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) since 2012.
By Dr. Joyce Tu, Ed.D., BCBA-D
Caring for a loved one with developmental disabilities can pose unique challenges, which are not always adequately addressed by conventional methods. We have covered how to tackle toilet troubles and chronic sleeping issues. Below, Dr. Joyce Tu, Ed.D, BCBA-D, shares one program to help parents and caretakers introduce new foods to picky eaters. From a behavior analyst’s perspective, eating may be addressed using the following framework:
We’ve posted our tips on tackling toilet troubles. Another common issue for parents and caretakers of children with developmental disabilities is their child’s interrupted or irregular sleep pattern. Below, Dr. Joyce Tu, Ed.D, BCBA-D shares systematic shaping and fading strategies, designed to help regulate your child’s bedtime routine. Please note that this program is best suited to children with chronic sleeping issues (such as sleeping only 2-4 hours daily for a prolonged period). It is not intended for children who may have experienced only a few sleepless nights.
Caring for a child, potty accidents come with the territory, especially for those with developmental disabilities such as autism. As common these issues are, the good news is that they are also highly manageable. Our step-by-step guide below aims to tackle even the trickiest of toilet troubles. Let’s dive right in!