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 that our Clinical Director, Shaji Haq, Ph.D., BCBA-D’s most recent peer-reviewed publication is available now in Behavior Analysis in Practice, a transnational scientific journal.

In this new study, Dr. Haq evaluated what’s known scientifically as “embedded discrete trial training (DTT)”—i.e., the presentation of teaching goals during other activities—as an alternative to traditional seated (“table top”) instruction for a child with autism spectrum disorder.  Dr. Haq found that no problem behavior occurred with embedded DTT, and that there were significantly more opportunities for instruction compared to traditional seated DTT.

Of course, embedded DTT is not always practical.  There are times where students must be seated and learn using traditional table-top instruction.  However, embedded discrete trial training is a useful alternative to teaching important life skills—especially when behavior problems interfere in a table-top learning scenario.

You can find Dr. Haq’s most recent publication, including a discussion of the results and suggestions for future research and practice, here.  You can also contact us for more information about the CBS team and our services.

Dr. Haq is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a doctorate in school psychology from the University of Oregon. His research interests are primarily in the areas of verbal behavior and reduction of problem behavior displayed by children with developmental disabilities.  Dr. Haq is a frequent contributor at ABA conferences, and his research is published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, including Behavior Analysis in Practice, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavioral Interventions, and Behavior Modification.  

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