Why it’s Important to Ask WHY

Posted by   Brianna Z. Kauer   |   Categories :   Behavior Analysis, Education

When you’re dealing with a challenging behavior, understanding WHY it is occurring is the most important place to start. In Behavior Analysis, we focus a lot on the WHY of behavior- we call it the function of behavior. There is a saying in my field which is “Behavior is always right.” Basically this means that […]

December 13, 2018

The Never-Ending Pursuit of Balance

Posted by   Brianna Z. Kauer   |   Categories :   Acceptance and Comittment Therapy, Behavior Analysis, Health, Personal Reflection

  There are so many different areas in life competing for our time and energy: careers, children, family, physical and mental health, relationships, communities, hobbies… How can anyone actually find the perfect life balance? Balance is something that is really important to me both physically and metaphorically. As a dancer, I often have moments of […]

September 26, 2018

How Behavioral Science can support Intrinsic Motivation and Child-led Learning

Posted by   Brianna Z. Kauer   |   Categories :   Behavior Analysis, Child-led learning, Choice, Education, Motivation

  Many educators and parents express concern and even criticism over the usage of external rewards when teaching children. Some claim that the use of these rewards will stifle a child from developing intrinsic motivation. The Science of Behavior has much to offer in this area but it doesn’t always speak the same language as […]

August 27, 2018

Can Behavioral Science help Improve your Health?

Posted by   Brianna Z. Kauer   |   Categories :   Behavior Analysis, Health

  According to the U.S. department of Health and Human Services, less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day; only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week. The typical American diet exceeds the recommended intake for calories, sugars, refined grains, sodium and saturated […]

August 6, 2018

Tantrums, Teaching and Timing

Posted by   Brianna Z. Kauer   |   Categories :   Behavior Analysis, Education, Parenting, Prevention, Tantrums

Tantrums come in all shapes and sizes. All the way from short episodes of crying and whining to full-blown screaming, hitting and destruction. As a parent, it can be very difficult to know what to do during these high-intensity moments. Three important things to remember when your child is having a tantrum: Their behavior is […]

August 3, 2018

Practicing the Art of Non-Reaction and Selective Ignoring

Posted by   Brianna Z. Kauer   |   Categories :   Behavior Analysis, Parenting, Selective Ignoring

Children are expert scientists. They are constantly experimenting with what works and what doesn’t work; what gets them what they want and what does not. Many of their experiments can be very frustrating for parents; but we have to remember they are learning through trial and error. Successful scientists have many failed experiments. As parents, […]

July 6, 2018

An Effective Strategy for Encouraging Positive Behaviors: Token Economy

Posted by   Brianna Z. Kauer   |   Categories :   Behavior Analysis, Education, Parenting

  Everything you do as a parent is shaping your child’s behavior in some way. It’s a huge and sometimes scary responsibility. Having this responsibility means learning how to teach your kids which behaviors are acceptable and which are not. Token economies are one effective and reliable strategy to encourage positive behaviors and teach new […]

June 11, 2018

Parenting Tips for Peaceful Bedtimes and Uninterrupted Sleep

Posted by   Brianna Z. Kauer   |   Categories :   Bedtime & Sleep, Behavior Analysis, Parenting

If you haven’t experienced a period of sleep deprivation you probably aren’t a parent. Sleep issues are one of the most universal parenting struggles. Common issues include bedtime resistance, waking in the night, and early rising. The science of behavior can offer many solutions to these common struggles. Whether you are dealing with a serious […]

May 25, 2018

4 Parenting Strategies to Improve Behavior: Prevention over Reaction

Posted by   Brianna Z. Kauer   |   Categories :   Behavior Analysis, Parenting, Prevention

  Imagine all the problems in the world that could improve if the focus shifted to prevention rather than reaction. We all know that preventative health measures (eating healthy, exercise, sleep, decreasing stress…) are beneficial and could help us avoid illness but in reality the majority of health problems are only addressed after the point […]

May 4, 2018

The Commonality and Power of Motherhood

Posted by   Brianna Z. Kauer   |   Categories :   Behavior Analysis, Motherhood, Parenting, Personal Reflection

  I am constantly inspired by mothers. When you become a mother your whole world instantly changes. I feel that motherhood can give you a deep sense of connection to those around you when you realize that we are all impacted, in some way, by the vulnerable intensity and power of motherly love. As mothers, […]

March 12, 2018

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