Why We Need Connection and Collaboration

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

I recently had lunch with two Occupational Therapists and we found ourselves in a slightly uncomfortable moment recognizing the mutual suspicion that exists between our fields. Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and Occupational Therapists (OTs) both work to improve children’s lives but through different approaches with different underlying philosophies. In my experience, OT’s bring a gentle, flexible […]

March 11, 2019

What parents can do while on a waiting list for ABA services

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

Research has made it very clear that high quality, early ABA interventions can provide huge benefits for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. With the rise of autism, intensive ABA services can be in high demand which means families may find themselves waiting for several months if not a year before beginning services. Here are some […]

February 7, 2019

New Year’s Resolutions – The Season for Behavior-Change!

Posted by   Brianna Z. Kauer   |   Categories :   Behavior Analysis, Health, Motivation, Personal Behavior-Change

When we set a goal for ourselves, it inevitably involves changing our behavior in some way. Science not only gives us wonderful things like smart phones and electric cars but it also gives us reliable ways to understand and change our behaviors in order to improve our lives. Behavioral Science may prove to be our […]

December 31, 2018

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

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