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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!
 
The show will discuss the age of self-censorship and how it affects our careers as clinicians, specifically clinicians that work with vulnerable populations. It will tie in free speech, current controversies and ‘touchy subjects’ within the practice of Applied Behavior Analysis, and the pursuit of truth as an outspoken practitioner.
 
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I'm really excited to chat with Dr. Paulie Gavoni again on the podcast. As long time listeners know, he's been on the show many times, and always brings a down-to-earth, practical point of view to what we do as Behavior Analysts. In preparation for a talk at the recent Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis event, Paulie did a deep dive on chara…
 
Dr. Merrill Winston RETURNS for what we like to call Kayla and Merrill ruin everything. We dissect popular theories within the "disability culture" as a whole, we identify and spot logical fallacies in common arguments within and outside of the therapy field, and we attempt to shed some light on information that could be... well... inconvenient. Li…
 
Oh man this is gonna be so cool! We’re gonna talk layers of reinforcement! We’re gonna talk animal training! We’re gonna talk about zoo animals learning to consent to receive necessary injections! AND we’re gonna talk Goldiamond and the importance of stories and listening, unpacking the organism/learner, and how behavior analysis can improve the li…
 
Editor's Note: I generally publish three episodes a month, but I wanted to share this bonus, fourth episode with you as I know there will be a lot of people embarking on road trips in the coming days. As such, I’ve chosen one of my earliest interviews to re-release, and it’s my first interview with Dr. Pat Friman (originally released in August of 2…
 
Dr. Paulie Gloves has quickly risen to Leadership Expert status within the field of behavior analysis. Known for his expertise in OBM and leadership, Dr. Paulie discusses the concept of "behavioral myopia", or a sense of nearsightedness that may hinder our performance and keep us from recognizing the full scope of leadership and team systems as a w…
 
In the 6th installment of the Apollo Case Study Series, I'm joined by my regular conversation partner, Dr. Jim Moore, along with Christina Nylander. Christina is a BCBA who works at Apollo's Lawrenceville, GA clinic. In this episode, Christina opens up quite a bit and describes how she encountered Applied Behavior Analysis, her early experiences as…
 
“We don’t ever need to remove reinforcement from the learner to achieve success.” Maasa and Sean ABAI 2022 Many behavior analysts and animal trainers are familiar with the concept of differential reinforcement and planned ignoring- an undesired behavior occurs, and attention is removed until a desired behavior emerges then attention is delivered. B…
 
Amanda from ABA Mentorship joins the podcast to do a round-robin style discussion: we answered several of YOUR questions, from treatment planning for clients in ways that go against the clinical grain, the lack of rigor in supervision experiences, and debunking common themes that occur far too regularly within psychology, behavior analysis, and rel…
 
In Session 206, I spoke with Dr. Melissa Gonzalez, BCBA-D, about Pediatric Feeding Disorders, and what Applied Behavior Analysis can offer in this area. Melissa is the Clinical Therapy Director at the Siskin Children's Institute in Chattanooga, Tennessee, arriving there by way of Louisiana State University's Clinical Psychology program and the Kenn…
 
As promised with the reverse Q + A format, Matt Cicoria settles into his stellar role as interviewer and interviews me to discuss more personal topics related to my experience with anorexia, treatment and therapy for anorexia, my background in Clinical Psychology and Behavior Analysis, and how this emotional and experiential tangled web led to a bu…
 
"I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being." -Oscar Wilde There’s been a lot of discussion about empathy and compassion when it comes to providing behavior analytic services. Sometimes professionals get so caught up in the s…
 
There’s a common adage: “You can’t understand another person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Sometimes those shoes take you into lesser charted territories. In a previous episode we discussed applications of behavior analysis in rural communities, but not all rural communities are the same, and we would be remiss to assume so! In this L…
 
After a long hiatus, Dr. Matt Brodhead returns to Behavioral Observations. In this episode, we discuss the use of punishment in the context of creating effective, ethical behavioral interventions. Of course, pursuant to the Behavior Analysis Certification Board's Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts, punishment should only be considered, "only after d…
 
Legendary Matt Cicoria of Behavioral Observations Podcast comes on the show today to discuss Pat Friman's "There's No Such Thing As a Bad Boy", the Circumstances View of Problem Behavior, and the Social vs. Medical Model of Disability. We moved through so many different topics throughout the episode that we've actually split it into two parts, with…
 
On November 26th, 2019, the first Inside JABA Series podcast was published. This series was the brainchild of Dr. Linda LeBlanc, who at the time was the incoming Editor in Chief, and I have to say, doing these shows has been a highlight of producing this podcast. As I remind people often, I'm not involved in the production or publication of Behavio…
 
Alex (@CancelledCounselors) is a fellow pariah within the clinical space, tackling 'forbidden' topics within the field while empowering others to be more forthright in their speech, their feelings, and their behavior. This conversation spanned across a wide array of topics, including how Portland, Oregon is the mecca of cancel culture itself, start…
 
When people go about their daily activities, there is variable privilege in navigating the world. One way this shows up is in ableism, and people with non-disabled privilege may not even notice the ease they have with navigation and mobility, accessibility to escape uncomfortable situations with ease, and privilege in their opinions, choices, conse…
 
In the world of Behavior Analysis, Rose Griffin is a unicorn of sorts, which is the unofficial mascot of those select few who hold both Speech Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst credentials. For 20 years, Rose supported students in public school settings, but these days, she is concentrating on taking all the knowledge she's …
 
The "patriarchy", "male privilege", and "toxic masculinity" are casually thrown into conversation to ensure the center of many activists' narrative is the septic nature of men. But what if men are struggling with issues very similar to that of women? What if men are challenged in the same ways as women, all while women continue to prove their stren…
 
Out with the old, in with the... woke? The DSM-5, a statistical manual devoted entirely to diagnosing a wide array of mental health disorders, has been swifly replaced by the newest, most coveted source of mental health information: TikTok. With 315 million downloads in the pandemic alone, the most popular social media app is helping to connect som…
 
After a brief hiatus, the Apollo Case Study Series returns to Behavioral Observations for its fifth installment. In this episode, Dr. Jim Moore shares his approach to modifying existing clinical programs that aren't making progress. More specifically, we talk about the temptation to go out and purchase the 'new shiny thing' (as in curriculum, asses…
 
The man, the myth, the legend Dr. Merrill Winston joins the podcast today to tease apart the meaning of neurodivergence, the implications of blanket terms with vaguely defined principles, and implementation of punishment in a compassionate, humorous, and easy-on-the-ears fashion. We may not be able to rely on others to hold concern for us, but we c…
 
Would you rather earn preferred items or get them for free? More technically stated, would you prefer response-contingent reinforcers over response-independent ones (and to further split hairs, if the preferred items are provided response-independently, are they really reinforcers?)? It turns out that there has been some basic and applied research …
 
“‘ABA’ -- You keep using this term. I do not think it means what you think it means.” While many practicing in the field of behavior analysis would like to believe the general populace has an accurate understanding of the science, it can’t be ignore that quite the opposite is true. Spend a few minutes googling “ABA” and one can find there is a plet…
 
Positive Parenting and affirming practices are feel-good, flowery phrases we use to refer to treating children as if they're allies rather than human beings who need direction and healthy independence. With the rise of safe spaces and treating every event as if it were traumatic, it's difficult to build resilience and emotional grit in individuals …
 
I’ve always maintained that this is a show that is all about the listeners and the guests, and so it is with that in mind that I’m thrilled to share the following interview segments that were nominated by so many of you. We did have many entries, so I couldn’t fit all of them in, but I genuinely appreciate all of you who took the time to write in a…
 
This week's hot take dives into the neurodiversity movement, the underpinnings of Applied Behavior Analysis, and how the two entities have collided in both an epic and dramatic fashion that seems to have created a greater divide than a cohesive movement forward. With both camps contributing in positive and not-so-positive ways to clinical growth, w…
 
If your social media consumption is anything like mine, you've likely seen some feel-good stories in the media as of late that report on non-speaking students - generally students with Autism - who are graduating from college, giving valedictorian speeches, and so forth. Unfortunately, what's often underpinning many of these cases is a form of Faci…
 
While there is plenty of discussion about the increase in autism diagnoses during the current and recent generation, we cannot forget there’s a generation of individuals, particularly female, who were overlooked. Depending on when a person receives a diagnosis, the changes and opportunities for an individual shift. In this LIVE talk, we meet with S…
 
If you're anywhere in the upper part of the northern hemisphere, you already know that fall is in the air. And with that comes the annual return of students to their community schools. As such, I thought it would be fun to bring on fellow New Hampshire behavior analyst, Elissa Johnson, to talk about the work she's doing in school settings. Elissa i…
 
During this year, we are trying to talk less and listen more. In this LIVE talk, we meet with Nyetta to learn from her experiences as an African American woman, behavior analyst, and mother as she navigates the many, layered complexities of the educational and medical system for herself and family. Nyetta is a self-diagnosed Autistic and during the…
 
The full title of Merrill's talk is, "Whitesplaining Racism: Part Deux! Logic, Disproportionality, Avatars, Hate Crimes, and Uncomfortable Feelings." As you'll learn in this episode, Bruce was in the audience for most of Merrill's talk, and was so enthused with it, he wanted him to review its main points here on Behavioral Observations. So we did j…
 
If you care about the future of ABA, it's important to understand not only its strengths, but also the myriad challenges the field faces. And to that end, I can't think of a more difficult challenge the field of Applied Behavior Analysis has right now than figuring out how to adequately measure outcome quality, and how this relates to funding ABA s…
 
In the fourth installment of the Apollo Case Study Series, Dr. Jim Moore and I are joined by his fellow Apollo clinician, Jennifer Freedman. Jen is a newer BCBA, and we spent most of this episode talking about the advanced training and professional development she's received while working in Apollo's unique clinical model. Apple Podcasts | Spotify …
 
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