Category Archives: RFT

ABA Ireland Top 5 Recent Posts 11/10/2014

Every week on our Facebook Page, members submit dozens of posts 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. BCBA Results

Michelle Kelly’s post congratulating those who had passed the recent BACB BCBA exam was very popular. ABA Ireland members who recently achieved Board Certified Behaviour Analyst status include Amanda Nally, Mel Smyth, Josema Fernandez and Jen Horgan-Dorgan.

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Congrats guys!

4. Assesseing Progress and outcome of early intensive behavioural intervention for toddlers with autism

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Congratulations to NECC Senior Program Director Rebecca MacDonald and her colleagues Diana Parry-Cruwys, Sally Dupere and William Ahern who recently published an article on assessing EIBI for toddlers with autism.

The study adds to the EIBI literature by using the Early Skills Assessment Tool (ESAT) to measure progress in toddlers under the age of three.  Instruction was provided through discrete trial and naturalistic teaching and was delivered in 1:1 and group settings.  Each toddler participating in the study had a team of 3-4 therapists who had 1-3 years of training in ABA and were supervised on a daily basis by a BCBA level supervisor. The supervisors received supervision from a BCBA-D on a weekly basis.

The results indicated increases in scores for all ages groups on important developmental and social measures that are commonly included in an EIBI treatment package.  Most interestingly, the increases were greatest for the 1 year old group.

To read the full article, follow this link.

3. Journal of Applied Behaviour Analysis (JABA) on Youtube

JABA now has a YouTube Channel.  While JABA plans to include things like Podcasts and video abstracts on the channel, one of the most practical utlities of the channel will be that it allows JABA contributors to post video examples of the methodology they used.  This will enable practitioners to more easily implement the procedures they read about and facilitiate more accurate replications.  It is a very welcome development. Check out this example from a recent article on serial and concurrent training methods:

2.  2nd UK & Ireland ACT CBS Conference

Ashling Curtin uploaded a draft schedule for the second UK & Ireland ACT/CBS Conference. The line-up is looking great with well-known speakers such as Steven Hayes, Dermott and Yvonne Barnes-Holmes, Lisa Coyne and Eric Morris.

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1. PSI DBA BCBA Supervision

The final useful post for this week is a link to the DBA Blog. The PSI DBA is organising a BCBA supervisor training blog to meet the requirements set by the BACB for those who wish to provide BCBA supervision.  The workshop will be run by Dr. Rita Honan. By the end of it,  those who have attended should be able to

  • describe the function of supervision

  • identify the constituents and process of a supervisory relationship

  • describe how the major models of clinical supervision can be adapted for use when supervising behaviour analysts

  • detail the key characteristics of supervisory content and practices in applied behaviour analysis

  • describe their approach to evaluation/performance feedback in the supervisory relationship

  • describe and discuss the ethical issues related to supervision

  • use information from the workshop to build a more effective model for their own supervisory practice

 

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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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

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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.

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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

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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.

ABA Ireland Top 5 Posts 17/08/2014

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. Introduction to RFT

Foxy Learning’s online tutorial on Relational Frame Theory is now 10 years old.   In those ten years, over 15,000 people have accessed the free tutorial to learn more about RFT and its applications.  If you have an interest in this area of behaviour analysis, it is well worth a visit.

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4. Grace App Research Opportunities

Lisa Domican – creator of the Grace App – has kindly offered to provide ABA students with “free training, free codes for download and where needed a loan device” if they are interested in carrying out research into the App’s effectiveness.  Many app designers make unsubstantiated claims about the effectiveness of their products so it is great to see Lisa working with behaviour analysts to demonstrate the app’s benefits for people with communication difficulties. Hopefully, other designers will follow her example.

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3. Cookie Kid

One again, Behaviour Man has provided us with another ABA based Meme featuring a skeptical toddler coming to terms with the benefits of the differential reinforcement of alternative behaviours.

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2.  Supernanny (and Lynn Koegel) tackle Autism

Lots of ABA Ireland members liked this online video of an episode of Supernanny in which Supernanny enlists the help of the well respected behaviour analyst Lynn Koegel to help a child with autism learn to communicate and manage his emotions better.


 

1. Sunday Express  – How a controversial therapy has changed my autistic daughter’s life

The final post that we’ll feature this week is an article from the UK based Sunday Express newspaper. An unfortunate headline aside, the article offers an excellent description of the benefits of ABA for children with autism.
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Contributors to the article include Tracey Halliday, Jane McCready (of ABA4all )and Dr Francesca degli Espinosa.  Autism parents and professionals in the UK are doing a great job of highlighting issues facing those who need access to ABA and addressing some of the misconceptions around the science. If you haven’t already liked the ABA4all page on Facebook, we recommend you do.

 

That’s all for this week.

All comments 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.

Top 5 Posts of Last Week (20/07/2014)

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” posts in order to make them available to a wider audience.

This week our top 5 posts are:

5. Cuts to St. Catherine’s Association

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There have been a number of posts this week related to cuts to St. Catherine’s Association in Wicklow. The HSE is reported to have made cuts of 500,000 euro to the service without warning. St. Catherine’s is well known to ABA supporters in Ireland. It was the centre of a protracted High Court challenge on the subject of providing ABA to children with autism and remains one of the few centres in Ireland where the families of children with autism and intellectual disabilities can access ABA.

Keith posted a link to this petition which aims to pressure the HSE into reversing the funding cuts. Readers are encouraged to sign and share it.

4. A Behaviour View of Sleep Throughout the Lifetime

An upcoming workshop by Professor Neville Blampied of the University of Canterbury in Christchurch on the topic of sleep seems to be of interest to many ABA Ireland members. Professor Blampied will be presenting workshops and lectures on the topic in TCD, NUIM and at QUB.

3. RASID Call for Papers

Louise McHugh posted this link to a call for papers from Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders on the subject of Derived Relational Responding in Autism Spectrum Disorders. This is a popular area of research in Ireland so hopefully we will see lots of Irish researchers featured when the special issue of the journal is published.

2.  Science Versus Pseudoscience

Louise shared a photo from IFLS:

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One member related the image back to the provision of services for people with autism noting that interventions that lack an evidence base are widely funded in Ireland while ABA is not. IFLS is highly recommended and deserves great credit for encouraging people to learn more about science and how it differs from pseudoscience.

1. Labour Committed to Funding and Recognising Autistic SchoolsJan O'Sullivan

Ruairi Quinn has left the Department of Education and Skills and been replaced by Labour’s Jan O’Sullivan. Michelle shared a link (originally posted by QUART) to a 2007 press release from the then opposition TD.

On the subject of the costs of providing ABA to children with autism Jan stated:

This is an extremely small price to pay for giving autistic children the best possible start by providing education directly catered towards their needs

Some posters were skeptical about the possibility of the Minister changing her new department’s policy. One noted that tendency of her predecessors to conveniently forget their pre-election positions when power while another pointed out that words are cheap when in opposition. At least one member felt that we should “give her a chance and wait and see what she does” as ” its all about measuring behaviour in the end, even the behaviour of Ministers.”

That’s all for this week. All comments 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.