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The Behavioral Observations Podcast with Matt Cicoria is an interview-based show that features conversations with innovative scientists and practitioners in the field of Behavior Analysis. The podcast covers topics such as Autism, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Functional Communication Training, Verbal Behavior, and more!

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The Behavioral Observations Podcast with Matt Cicoria is an interview-based show that features conversations with innovative scientists and practitioners in the field of Behavior Analysis. The podcast covers topics such as Autism, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Functional Communication Training, Verbal Behavior, and more!

    Enhancing Learner Choice in Skills-Based Treatment: Session 156 with Adithyan Rajaraman

    Enhancing Learner Choice in Skills-Based Treatment: Session 156 with Adithyan Rajaraman

    Dr. Adithyan "Dithu" Rajaraman joins me to discuss Practical Functional Assessment/Skills-Based Treatment for severe problem behavior. There are too many practical takeaways to list here, so please give the whole episode a listen!

    Inside JABA #7: There's No Such Thing as a Bad Boy, with Pat Friman

    Inside JABA #7: There's No Such Thing as a Bad Boy, with Pat Friman

    Pat Friman joins Drs. Linda LeBlanc and Claire St. Peter to discuss his latest JABA Paper, "There is no such thing as a bad boy: The circumstantial view of problem behavior." Check out behavioralobservations.com for shownotes and CEU info!

    Innovation and Change in ABA: Session 154 with Alice Shillingsburg

    Innovation and Change in ABA: Session 154 with Alice Shillingsburg

    I had a great chat with fellow Auburn University alum Dr. Alice Shillingsburg. Alice has been doing great work in the field for decades, as you can see from her bio below:
    Dr. Shillingsburg currently serves as Sr. Vice President of Children’s Clinical Services and Training at May Institute. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Auburn University and completed her predoctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Marcus Institute. She previously served as the Director of the Language and Learning Clinic at the Marcus Autism Center and held an appointment of Associate Professor at Emory University in the Division of Autism and Related Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Shillingsburg is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). Her clinical expertise includes the development of language and behavioral programming to address a variety of behavioral difficulties and social communication deficits associated with autism and other developmental disabilities. She has published over 50 empirical papers and book chapters on interventions for children with autism and related developmental disabilities. She is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, editorial board member of Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, and is past associate editor for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior.
    In this episode we talk about:
    How she got into the ABA field. Our similar experiences at Auburn University's Psychology Department.  Her work in clinical leadership at The May Institute. Things to avoid when trying to advocate for change. Her upcoming talks (two of them!) at the Verbal Behavior Conference 2021.  Teaching Social Skills. Using Speech Generation Devices... and so much more.  As noted in the interview, the VBC is coming up right around the corner. If you do decide to register, use the code Podcast10 at checkout to save some $$$. As we mentioned towards the end of the show, the May Institute is looking for staff to invest in, so click here to learn more about available job opportunities.
    This podcast is brought to you by the following:
    Behavior University. Their mission is to provide university quality professional development for the busy Behavior Analyst. Learn about their CEU offerings, including their brand new 8-hour Supervision Course, as well as their RBT offerings over at behavioruniversity.com/observations. How-to-ABA. Being a BCBA can be lonely and overwhelming.  At howtoaba.com, we help BCBA’s feel supported and confident by providing easy to access printables, CEU's and a collaborative community. Also, your monthly pro membership includes access to CEU’s! Along with the community of over 1000 ABA professionals, howtoaba.com will help you save time, feel confident and master what you love! For more information, Go to howtoaba.com/joinbxresource.  When you join today and use code BOP, you’ll receive 10% off a yearly subscription (includes CEU’s!). Consider joining the BOP Patreon. Patreon members get early access to podcasts, bonus podcast material, discounts on CEU events from FTF and other continuing ed purveyors, occasional Zoom hangouts, and more!

    Diverse Interests in ABA: Session 153 with Nicole Rodriguez

    Diverse Interests in ABA: Session 153 with Nicole Rodriguez

    Dr. Nicole Rodriguez joins me to discuss a wide range of topics including supporting individuals with restricted and repetitive problem behaviors, the effects of physical reactions to aggressive behavior, her Verbal Behavior Conference talks, outreach to Spanish speaking clients and families, and what it's like to pursue so many different research ideas. Nicole closes the show with some fantastic advice, so be sure to check that out as well! Extensive shownotes over at behavioralobservations.com.

    How to Mitigate Covid-19 Risk in ABA Treatment: Session 152

    How to Mitigate Covid-19 Risk in ABA Treatment: Session 152

    In Session 152 Drs. Zahra Hajiaghamohseni, Mary Caruso-Anderson, Jennifer Sweeny, Sarah Duarte, and Christy Evanko join me to talk about Covid-19 Risk Mitigation in ABA. These Behavior Analysts came together to develop a continuum of care screener, which is a tool that ABA providers can use to manage risk in their practice. Extensive links and shownotes over at behavioralobservations.com!

    Black Women and Barriers to Leadership in ABA: Session 151 with Dr. Nasiah Cirincione-Ulezi

    Black Women and Barriers to Leadership in ABA: Session 151 with Dr. Nasiah Cirincione-Ulezi

    In Session 151, I chat with Dr. Nasiah Cirincione-Ulezi about a range of topics, but we spent the majority of the time discussing her recent paper in Behavior Analysis in Practice titled: Black Women and Barriers to Leadership in ABA. Nasiah is the CEO of two organizations, Ulezi, LLC and Pivot 2 Inclusion. Extensive shownotes available at behavioralobservations.com

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512 Ratings

512 Ratings

HeySanchez ,

Autism Mom Review

I am so happy to have found your podcast. I am a mom to an Autistic 11 year old son and many of your podcast have helped me manage the way we function together, separately and understand the needs of many. I have always been an advocate for Autism and therapy. On my darkest days of his diagnosis I felt very alone. I went to many doctors and my 15-30 minute visits were everything short of what I truly needed. Therapy changed our lives. He has truly improved to be the best person he can be. Yes, we have more therapy to go to and look forward to our new adventures. Your podcast assures me that science is doing it’s job and BCBA is evolving with the needs of special needs and people like you are spreading the good word of working on behaviors and understand their needs! 🤍

Zahra Hajiaghamohsenj ,

Thank you Matt!

Shout out for the huge effort to curate good content for dissemination! Huge help in advancing the application of our science across diverse needs in society!

jessdmaldo ,

Very helpful

This is a great episode on behavioral consultation in schools. Packed with very helpful and useful information on how to navigate ethical situations in a school setting.

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