ABA Ireland Top 5 Recent Posts (01/09/2014)

Every week on our Facebook Page, members post dozens of post on topics related to Behaviour Analysis, its applications and related issues. One purpose of this blog is to highlight some of the most “liked” and useful posts in order to make them available to a wider audience.

5. Free Online ABA CourseABA Free Course
Darragh O’Regan shared a post about an 8 week Massive Open Online Class (MOCC) titled ‘Behaviour Analysis and Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders”. The MOCC is provided through Southern Illinois University. If you are interested in taking the class for free, follow this link.

4. Mickey Keenan Wins BACB Michael Hemmingway Award

MK MH Award

Michelle P Kelly shared the above picture from the European Association for Behaviour Analysis’ Facebook page.  Professor Keenan of the University of Ulster became the first European to win the BACB’s Michael Hemmingway Award.  In ABA Ireland member Tersea Mulhern’s words, the award was “very well deserved”.   Readers are encouraged to visit the Images for Behaviour Analysts site if they would like more information about Professor Keenan’s work.

3. Behavioural Gerontology

ABA Ireland’s Michelle E Kelly wrote an original post on Behaviour Gerontology and Dementia this week.

Dementia 2

The post proved very popular with ABA Ireland members. If you have not read it already, scroll down  or just follow the above link.

2.  PBIS – FBA to BSP

Another really useful post featured on our Facebook page this week, was Darragh O’Regan’s link to the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support’s website. The link provided materials for a seven module training series  on Functional Behavioural Assessment and Behaviour Support Plans.
PBISThe PBIS site has lots of other really useful links for behaviour analysts and those working with challenging behaviour, so take a look.

1. Ignore the IQ Test – Your Level of Intelligence is not Fixed For Life

Bryan Roche

The final useful post for this week was a link to Bryan Roche’s article on Intelligence and IQ on The Conversation website. Bryan is a lecturer in behavioural psychology at NUI Maynooth and is well-known within behaviour analysis as a researcher with expertise in Relational Frame Theory.   In conclusion to his piece, Bryan wrote:

My own research, in the field of relational frame theory, has shown that understanding relations between words, such as “more than”, “less than” or “opposite” is crucial for our intellectual development. One recent pilot study showed that we can considerably raise standard IQ scores by training children in relational language skills tasks over a period of months. Again, this finding challenges the idea that intelligence is fixed for life.

So it’s about time we reconsidered our ideas about the nature of intelligence as a trait that cannot be changed. Undoubtedly, there may be some limits to the development of our intellectual skills. But in the short term, the socially responsible thing to do is not to feel bound by those limits, but to help every child work towards and even exceed them.

While the article is fascinating on its own terms, Behaviour Analysts will also find it useful to read the comments section to see how Bryan deals with misconceptions around intelligence and offers a behavioural alternative to the dominant discourse on the subject.

As ever, all comments are welcome.

While ABA Ireland has taken all reasonable steps to ensure the accuracy of the contents of this blog, it accepts no liability for the accuracy or quality of the information provided and no liability for this information being up-to-date or complete. Information is provided for educational and general purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional advice. Where ABA Ireland provides links to third-party websites, it accepts no liability for the content of these websites. The views of authors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of ABA Ireland or any organisations associated with the authors of posts.

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