At Center for Behavioral Sciences, we’re proud to be on the cutting-edge of behavior analysis, as scientific contributors as well as practitioners. So we’re excited to announce the most recent peer-reviewed publication by Dr. Fahad Alresheed of CBS’ Orange County team, entitled, “Thinning Schedules of Reinforcement Following Functional Communication Training for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Meta-Analytic Review.” It’s available now in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders—a medical journal focused on all aspects of autism spectrum disorders and related developmental disabilities.
We’re excited to announce our newest service for CBS clients: Social Skills Groups for Autism! Our group sessions are happening now, in our Main Irvine Office! Mastering social skills can profoundly improve life for those with social deficits—particularly in the ability to make and maintain friendships, and to participate in school and the workforce.
By Shaji Haq, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Over the past twenty years, applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment providers for children with developmental disabilities—particularly autism spectrum disorder (ASD)—have multiplied exponentially. But ABA treatment facilities for adults are sparse. This is a tragedy; we’re often stopping short when treatment is still critical, and in some cases, even more so.
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!
In April, 2017, Dr. Joyce Tu, Ed.D, BCBA-D traveled to Romania on behalf of Center for Behavioral Sciences, along with other invited speakers from all over the world for the Bucharest International ABA Conference. Ten international lectors attended from Great Britain, the United States, Norway, and Spain to present the newest theories and practices in Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Tu presented CBS’ original research on the following topics: “The Role of Joint Control in Manded Selection Responses and Generative Responding,” and “Teaching Social Verbal and Non-Verbal Behavior to Children with Autism.”
No School….What to Do?
A Few Simple Ways to Beat Boredom and Prevent Behavior Problems
Now that the excitement of the holidays has subsided, it is now December 26th and you, or rather, the kids have at least one week of NO SCHOOL! The thought of entertaining the kids throughout an entire day can be daunting. The best way to combat this stress is to arm yourself with a bag full of activities. This may mean you need to fight the crowds and head to your local craft store, or limit play with the new toys that Santa has delivered so they can be incorporated as a new activity during the week. As you would plan out your meals if you were on a diet, you can plan your activities for the days ahead and be prepared.
Reduce Stress and Enjoy Yourself More
The holidays are filled with excitement and joy. With all of the excitement comes the stress of juggling multiple holiday activities. While you may be excited, you also may be feeling stress from the unknown. Several questions may run through your mind: Will my child have a behavior problem? Will I get to enjoy myself? Or, will I spend the entire time worrying about my child’s behavior?
Here’s to a New Year and a New Resolution!
Hello 2012! The start of a new year always brings the excitement and hope of many possibilities for the next 365 days. We come up with resolutions that tend to be more focused on the things we are NOT going to do this year. I’d like to offer you an alternate view of your resolutions.