Eats, Shoots & Leaves

In an earnest yet vain effort to improve my writing skills, I started reading a book about punctuation called,”Eats, Shoots & Leaves,” by Lynne Truss. Ms. Truss is a self-described punctuation stickler, and within the first few pages, she describes some of her grammatical pet-peeves. On page 5, she also shares this one: “…when we hear words such as, “phenomena,” …

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

At Mass ABA last week, I had the pleasure of attending not one, but two talks by Dr. Mark Dixon, of Southern Illinois University. Before going any further, if you take nothing else from this post, I encourage you to attend one of his talks if you have the opportunity. He is one of those presenters who is as funny …

Five initial thoughts on MassABA

I attended the 5th annual Massachusetts Association for Applied Behavior Analysis conference yesterday. I’ll get right to the point and tell you that I thought it was great (except for the Friday night traffic on the way home). I’ll have more posts that are specific to some of the talks that I attended, but I’d like to start with sharing …

Mass ABA this Friday!

I’ll be returning to my home state this Friday to attend Mass ABA. This will be my first time at this conference and I’m pretty excited to go. The keynotes look great, and I’ve chosen some interesting breakout talks to attend (Delay Discounting and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, oh yeah!!). Check back here next week as I plan on blogging …

Why am I writing about behavior?

There are a few answers to this question. My primary job is providing behavioral consultation in public school settings, which usually involves conducting Functional Behavioral Assessments and developing associated Behavior Support Programs. When I am working in schools, I am almost always the only Behavior Analyst, or even the only person with some level of training in Applied Behavior Analysis, …

Welcome to behavioralobservations.com!

I think one of the founders of Linkedin said something like, “If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of you’re product, then you’ve launched it too late.” While I’m not in any sort of hurry, I think this quote provided some needed motivation to publish my first blog post. So keeping this in mind, I’d like to welcome you …