July 8, 2020
Extra instructions, color cues, and visual models are par for the course when teaching many new skills. But, what happens when these helpful prompts turn harmful? This week, we’re joined by Dr. Catia Cividini-Motta to discuss ways to overcome prompt dependence with learners. And, after all the research is reviewed, we get a knock-down, drag-out fight to the finish to find out which methods are the best (spoiler alert: the results of these match-ups are never that simple).
July 1, 2020
What’s the hottest vacation destination for BCBAs this summer? Why the ABA Inside Track virtual studio of course! For the remainder of these hot-hot days (in the Western Hemisphere, at least), grab a cold drink, your beach towel, and favorite podcast player as we travel the world (of ABA topics) with our special guest tour guides. Plus, this vacation package is entirely free!
June 24, 2020
Given the preponderance of evidence that early intervention leads to better outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder, isn’t it important to identify these children as early as possible? This week we review research in identifying early indicators of ASD in children, charting the course from preschool, to first-birthday parties, to TV-watching infants. It’s the most adorable-sounding research we’ve ever discussed.
June 17, 2020
Unless you love conducting job interviews, you’re probably interested in keeping the employees you hire for as long as possible. Dr. Byron Wine joins us to share his research and experience into staff turnover in the human services including whether employee rewards work, if rapport building can leads to better work outcomes, and how to start getting your organization prepared for the inevitability of positional vacancies.
June 10, 2020
This week, we have a conversation with Adrienne Bradley and Kat Jackson from Black Applied Behavior Analyst, Inc. about racial diversity and inclusion. We discuss the importance of cultural humility, barriers to meaningful diversity initiatives, and how racism goes beyond being a good person. Plus how to continue your own journey as a BCBA in promoting inclusive practices.
June 3, 2020
So, you probably aren’t planning on going on any exciting vacations this summer, for some reason. Why not take a trip to podcast-land, first stop, ABA Inside Track. We’ll be here and so will many fabulous visiting guests (in vocal form) like Dr. Bryon Wine and like Cat Jackson and Adrienne Bradley from Black Applied Behavior Analysts. Why not throw on your swimsuit, grab a burger, slather on some sunscreen, and get ready for a fun series of June episodes.
June 1, 2020
LIVE from the TxABA conference—which, because of the pandemic, we recorded in the comfort of our homes—it’s a fun-filled presentation from ABA Inside Track! Due to popular demand, we’ve switched up our original talk to discuss what research can tell us about promoting safety measures in our daily lives. Big thanks to our friends at TxABA for their kind invitation. We hope to see you at the Alamo next year!
May 27, 2020
You may say “toe-may-toe”, and I may say “toe-mah-toe”, but we’ve all learned to accept that these differences are ok. However, not everyone can take such perspective taking skills for granted, including many individuals with autism. This week, we take a peek into the behavior analytic literature to see how we can use recent research to supercharge our teaching skill for this socially-important skill.
May 20, 2020
This week we go beyond freakonomics into the realm of behavioral economics. And who better to guide us through the economics of fake IDs, tornado safety measures, and legal marijuana pricing then Dr. Derek Reed. Plus, why can’t ABA and behavioral economics research get along?
May 13, 2020
Are you ready to talk about resurgence? Well, I certainly wasn’t, but we still recorded an episode all about it. And, y’know what, we had a great time doing so! Rob even demanded we add a bonus article on the topic, so moved by learning about this oft misunderstood component of behavior change. We hope that you are similarly moved…at the very least you’ll remember the difference between resurgence and extinction and stop embarrassing yourself at BCBA cocktail parties.
May 6, 2020
MAY we offer you some new podcast episodes about behavior analysis? First, we tackle a listener topic with a discussion of resurgence. Then we welcome special guest Dr. Derek Reed to school us on behavioral economics. Finally, we return to a discussion of treatment for individuals with autism by reviewing articles on perspective taking. Then, we share one of our recent live talks from the TexABA conference on washing your hands and social distancing during a pandemic.
April 29, 2020
This week we focus on research related to being the best darn behavior consultants to teachers and to schools. And, to do it up right, we invited our podcasting pal, Matt Cicoria of the Behavioral Observations podcast to join us and to share his expertise. And if you think all we do is share our favorite TAs to teach new skills, then buckle up, because you’re in for a deep dive into consulting culture.
April 22, 2020
It’s one thing to have a decent understanding of the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Protocol (VB-MAPP). It’s another to discuss bringing this tool up to scale in practice. This week we invite local special educator/BCBA, Colleen Callahan, to share her work in implementing the VB-MAPP in the public school setting. We discuss materials management, research on verbal behavior testing techniques, and how to min-max your session.
April 15, 2020
Somewhere in space, this could all be happening right now. ABA Inside Track, the team that brought you Grab Bag 9, now bring you a podcast unlike anything on your planet: Grab Bag In Space! The story of social skills training, furniture reorganization, and green shopping bag purchases. It’s a big, sprawling ABA saga of research…and romance. It’s an epic of behavior and analysis and aliens from a thousand worlds. Grab Bag In Space, a billion years in the making.
April 8, 2020
We are very excited to have Dr. Jim Carr, president of the BACB, joining us on this week’s episode to discuss an area of research of which he is very passionate about: child welfare. Though many of us have a history of working with caregivers, few of us have done so in order to reunite children with their biological families. Dr. Carr shares some promising work of how behavior analysis can support these parents on a larger scale.
April 3, 2020
As online communication becomes our new normal—at least for the time being—BCBAs are left scrambling to figure out how to adapt their services to their clients. Fortunately, telehealth systems have been in use in the medical field for some time. This week, we review a bevy of articles describing some of the ways training over telehealth can occur, some troubleshooting tips for your telehealth setup, and a nice think piece on rethinking how we address problem solving with our clients.
April 1, 2020
April showers bring…lots of guests? That’s the case this extra-long month where we bring in non-stop guests to discuss topics across the board. First, we have president of the BACB, Dr. Jim Carr, join us to share research on work to improve the child welfare system. Then, we dip into our 10th grab bag before inviting our pals Colleen Callahan and Matt Cicoria from the Behavioral Observations podcast about the VB-MAPP and consulting in schools. Stay dry and enjoy!
March 27, 2020
While all of us are doing our best to respond to rapid changes during the current COVID-19 pandemic, many families are struggling with the loss of home ABA services. In response to these barriers, many smart clinicians are looking for novel solutions. On this special extra episode, we talk with one of these super smart folks, Dr. Francesca degli Espinosa, about how she and her staff have responded to continued need for home ABA services in Italy in the midst of the health crisis.
March 25, 2020
Are you like me and you’ve been wondering why massed trials seem to be the most popular format for discrete trial training? Ever think that there could be a better way? Lucky for you, this week we’re using research to pit massed trials head-to-head against other DTT formats in a knock-down, drag-out cage match for the ages. Will interspersed trials cause a big upset? Can distributed trials make it to the final round? Or will massed trials dominate all comers?
March 18, 2020
Trapped in the house with nothing but a bag of chips and a 5 lb weight? Well, at least you could spend some time PLANNING how you’ll create a healthier lifestyle. Tony Chambers and Clint Evans from The Behavior Chef podcast join us (virtually) to explain how choosing healthy foods is nothing but good old-fashioned behavior and how breaking bad health habits is a lot harder than you might think.
March 11, 2020
What a nice way to kick off our March episodes with author, Dr. Mary Barbera, stopping by to talk about verbal behavior. We take a look into the process of using transfer procedures to teach tacts as well as get the chance to chat with Dr. Barbera about her own professional and personal history and how it led to her current work on the Turn Autism Around podcast. And, if you enjoy this episode, why not check out our guest appearance on Mary’s show later this month!
March 4, 2020
Game on! We just can’t stop having fun, so much so that Rob even invented a brand-new game to celebrate another month of research articles. Between trying to figure out arcane rules, we share the March topics which run the table from verbal behavior to healthy eating to which work-trial type is best for you (well, maybe). So, pull up a d20 and enjoy this month’s preview!
February 26, 2020
Though the topic has come up before, we decided it was high time that self-monitoring got its very own episode. Then, rather than just share a bunch of old research about how cool self-monitoring is, we figured we’d look for some of the more interesting ways self-monitoring has been used to improve behavior. From spelling tests to training classes. From swimming pools to electricity meters (though not at the same time), Can a procedure so easy really be that effective?
February 19, 2020
One of the joys of having done the podcast long is learning about the sheer number of applications of behavior analysis in the world. This week, Dr. John O’Neill brings us ABA in a way we never expected: Behavior assessment as a means of improving police training. Aside from the novel use of FBA methodology, we discuss the current state of police academy procedure in America and some of the ways behavior analysis might be able to help.
February 12, 2020
For some reason Jackie decided that we needed to learn more about visual inspection. So, we did! Now we’re all refreshed on the steps involved in analyzing data graphically and making the best treatment decisions possible. If you listen to this week’s episode, your graph of “understanding the steps of visual inspection” will be on a very clear increasing trend.
February 10, 2020
If you’re going to be in Massachusetts on February 26th at 7, come to Ground Effect Brewing in Hudson, MA for our first ABA Trivia Night! We’ll have fun questions, prizes, and beer with your pals at ABA Inside Track. Come join a team of four like-minded BCBAs for some after-work bonding. And, best of all, this event will be entirely FREE! Check out the Ground Effect website for more information for directions and email us for more information. We can’t wait to see you there!
February 5, 2020
Heeeeey, it’s Rob’s birthday. And rather than watch the time-caper thriller “Happy Death Day 2U” like he wanted to, let’s have a February preview. This month we discuss improvements in visual inspection methodology, self-monitoring, and research into improving police training with Dr. John O’Neill Then I’m promised we can eat cake and play video games. Also, don’t forget to join us on February 26th @ 7pm at Ground Effect Brewery in Hudson, MA for our very first ABA Trivia evening!
January 29, 2020
Because your ABA Inside Track hosts are such chronic truth-tellers, we decided it was time to look into this “lying” we’ve heard so much about. For instance, we’re not sure why anyone would ever lie. Or whether it’s an important skill to learn how to lie, especially when your best friend tries on a questionable outfit. We promise, if you listen to ABA Inside Track’s new episode, you will be popular and more attractive.* *Note: we’re probably lying. Though we bet you’re still swell.
January 22, 2020
If you’ve listened to more than one of our episodes, you must enjoy listening to behavior analytic terminology. If so, that makes you unlike most of America who ::GASP:: really dislikes ABA jargon. Should we be offended? Drop our monocles in shock? Perhaps instead we should use research to figure out a better way to improve how we disseminate the science of behavior in plain English.
January 15, 2020
While we’ve certainly mentioned and even discussed the IISCA in previous episodes, for some reason we’ve yet to do a full-length episode on this relatively new tool in the behavior assessment arsenal. That all changes this week as we do a deep dive into the interview-informed synthesized contingency analysis with our special guest, Dr. Adithyan Rajaraman. What is the IISCA? Why use the IISCA? And when is the IISCA? We promise to answer at least two of those burning questions.
January 8, 2020
It may be a question you remember from graduate school: What’s the deal with sensory extinction? Is it a form of extinction? Of punishment? Or, is it something else? This week, we revisit that old chestnut by discussion four articles that hope to solve the mystery of sensory extinction. And we review one of the most complementary replication articles of all time!
January 1, 2020
Happy New Year! We brush off our New Year’s Resolutions by promising even more fun and exciting topics. You can trust us: We’ve read all the research on lying! Plus, Jackie promises more fun by announcing our inaugural ABA Inside Track Trivia Night. And the proper unveiling of our updated theme song by a musician you’ll recognize. Welcome to 2020, BCBAs!
December 25, 2019
As 2019 comes to a close, we’re joined by our podcasting buddy, Matt Cicoria, of the Behavioral Observations podcast to wax philosophical about all the going’s-on in behavior analysis in the past 12 months. From memorials to trends in research and practice we’d like to see continue to our hopes for the next year of our science. Wishing all of you Happy Holidays!
December 18, 2019
Well, how nice of you to stop by the ol’ campfire. Pull up a log, why dontcha? We’re just swappin’ stories, stories about our favorite research topics. Care for a marshmallow with chocolate and graham crackers? You can make one of those, whaddya call ‘em. S’mores? Do you have a favorite research article to spin a yarn about? Something to keep the dark and cold away? Here, why don’t I start…
December 11, 2019
We got tired of executive functioning feeling like some ephemeral concept so we decided to reach out to someone who wrote a book on the subject, Dr. Adel Najdowski to demystify the term. Besides getting a great behavioral definition of executive functioning, we also get a whole boatload of tips on how to teach these very important skills. We’re pretty sure this episode is so fun, you won’t have to worry about maintaining focus!
December 4, 2019
With so much holiday shopping to do, we’re keeping our topics fun and light this month. First up we’ll be talking with Dr. Adel Najdowski all about executive functioning. Seriously, all about it. Then we’ll dive into the old grab bag for three topics totally unrelated to each other. And, on December 25th, everybody gets a special bonus episode Christmas present!
November 29, 2019
This year the Berkshire Association of Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), our regional conference, celebrated it’s 40th anniversary. As a special treat, the BABAT board asked us to interview guest speakers and attendees to celebrate this momentous occasion. Listen to some of the best minds in the field and their thoughts on the BABAT conference, its history, present, and future.
November 27, 2019
I hope that you’re listening closely, paying attention, because that’s all we’ll be talking about on this week’s episode. Whether you think of attending as looking at the teaching, looking at your work, or looking at yourself, attending plays a big part in learning. So, let’s get focused!
November 20, 2019
Speedy Delivery ain’t got nothing on us this episode as we sign, seal, and deliver all of our pressing ethical concerns to special guest, Dr. Darren Sush. Much like a BCBA Dear Abby, Dr. Sush discusses an array of ethical quandries pulled straight from his new book “A Workbook of Ethical Case Scenarios in Applied Behavior Analysis”. It’s almost two whole hours of ethical discussion! Sincerely, your friends from ABA Inside Track.
November 13, 2019
If you thought behavior assessment was hard, how much harder does it get when you add in the challenges of working with individuals from a different cultural background? We pose the question to special guest Dr. Liz Hughes-Fong and find out just how much more we have to learn about improving our cultural competence.
November 8, 2019
When we weren’t attending amazing talks or giving our own—and when we weren’t enjoying all the snacks in between activities—we were able to meet up with a number of students presenting at the Thompson Center for Autism Conference poster session. We thought you’d like to hear about some of the work coming out of the University of Missouri and beyond. Thanks to everyone who took the time to talk with us…especially anyone who had to do their talk twice when I failed to turn on my recorder!
November 6, 2019
Pay attention, because we’re only telling you once. This November, we’re thankful for all of our awesome guests! First, Dr. Liz Hughes-Fong joins us to share all of her knowledge on developing cultural competence in the area of assessment. Then, Dr. Darren Sush calls in to judge our ethical answers to his ethical scenarios for almost 2 HOURS!! Finally, we take it easy with a review of research all about attending. What are you thankful for in behavior analysis?
October 30, 2019
LIVE from the Thompson Center! It’s ABA Inside Track! We’re back again with a talk we gave last month at the 14th Annual Thompson Center for Autism Conference all about parent stress. But, a funny thing happened on the way to the podium: We realized that decreasing parent stress isn’t as easy as just doing good training. Listen in for some tips on how to improve your parent-BCBA collaboration skills.
October 23, 2019
So once we get past some acronym confusion, we dig deep into the mystery of PBIS. We discuss the levels of support, the controversy, the research, and the journal article with the longest title ever! At the end, do we cast our votes for PBIS as an effective treatment? Or do we send PBIS to the principal’s office?
October 16, 2019
We all love instructions. We all love fading. But, when the two go together, do we create a treatment better than the sum of its parts? Let’s take a trip through the literature and discuss the ins and outs of instructional fading together, shall we?
October 9, 2019
It’s finally here! Our 100th episode! And what better way to celebrate than to take the time to remember the events that came before us, namely, the origins of applied behavior analysis. And if you thought we were just going to say “Skinner” a bunch of times, how wrong you are. Special guest, Dr. Gina Green from APBA, leads our trip down memory lane with an amazing account of how the field has changed over the years before we all break out our crystal balls and look to what the future holds.
October 2, 2019
This October, we’re celebrating our 100th episode! While we spend time patting ourselves on the back, we almost forget to share our topics for the month including our longest episode yet with Dr. Gina Green taking a deep dive into the history of ABA. And, another fun live show from the Thompson Center for Autism Conference. Get ready for more episodes than you can shake a pumpkin at!
September 25, 2019
As behavior analysts, we all know how much fun work can be. But, somehow, people in other fields don’t always think of doing their jobs as fun. Suspend disbelief and learn all about what can be done to be sure that the staff at your organization are effectively reinforced. From lotteries to the paradox of the fun boss, our final Supervision September episode is the definition of a good time.
September 18, 2019
Working with people is hard, so is it any wonder that the burnout rate for employees in human services can reach 40% or more? And paying more money doesn’t seem to be the answer. In this week’s Supervision September episode, we discuss some of the common patterns of staff burnout, whether there’s anything to be done to mitigate the problem, and the paradox of the fun boss.
September 11, 2019
Get excited, everyone, because Supervision September is finally here! Up first, we have special guest, Dr. Amy Henley joining us to discuss her research on staff management and the proper delivery of feedback. Then we all take a break from podcasting to order the feedback sandwich. Was it as delicious as thought it would be? And did Rob’s extra pickles actually improve feedback?
September 4, 2019
Back by popular demand, it’s SUPERVISION SEPTEMBER! The one month of the year where you’re guaranteed three straight weeks of podcasting all about the fascinating topic of staff supervision. This year we’re back with a full slate of research articles and discussion all about that most critical of supervision topics: Our staff. We talk about how, when, and why to give feedback, what we can do as supervisors to minimize burnout, and just how effective our staff rewards systems really are.
August 28, 2019
In a world where research is the only resource that matters, only one crack team of podcasters have the brains, the brawn, and the bandwith, to fight back. This summer, only in your listening device of choice, the ABA Inside Track team returns and, this time, the fate of the world rests in their hands. Behavior analysis is about to E-X-P-L-O-D-E when preceded by…the Dark Stimulus.
August 24, 2019
After hours and hours of sun and fun at the beach, Rob brings you his favorite books on behavior from the past three months. Plus, the origin of Uncle Scrooge. To get links to the books, go to
August 21, 2019
Boldly going beyond the original research, it’s Preschool Life Skills: The Next Generation! We engage in this updated review of the PLS research with our discussion captain, Dr. Einar Ingvarsson, and lock phasers on new topics such as whether PLS can be used as a proactive learning curriculum, how behavior analysts could adopt a tiered model of teaching, and why Romulan Ale and warp drive don’t mix.
August 19, 2019
To get ready for this week’s all-new episode all about Preschool Life Skills (PLS), here’s our original review of the PLS research in podcast form. Reacquaint yourself with the basics or learn about them for the first time. Then join us and special guest, Dr. Einar Ingvarsson, on Wednesday to discuss PLS: The Next Generation!
August 14, 2019
As a bunch of cisgender podcasters, we figured we could use some help in discussing issues related to gender diversity in behavior analysis. That’s why we invited our friends, Erin Donovan and Kristen Lancaster, from Confessions of a Behavior Analyst to share their knowledge and experience on how behavior analysts can improve their competence working with nonbinary or transgender colleagues and clients.
August 7, 2019
Taking into account its renewed popularity, Rob busts out the dice for this Dungeons and Dragons-themed preview episode. Possible topics this month: gender diversity, preschool life skills, or goblins. Then, in errata, one of the nicest emails we’ve ever received.
July 31, 2019
This week we’re putting the virtual in our virtual studio with two amazing guests, Dr. Sveinbjornsdottir and Dr. Clay, discussing how they’re pulling behavior analysis training into the future with virtual reality training technology. If you ever wanted to imagine what behavior skills training might look like as the world’s coolest video game, this is definitely the episode for you.
July 24, 2019
How hot is our book club discussion of chapters 11-19 in Murray Sidman’s Coercion and Its Fallout? So hot Rob had to edit out about 15 minutes of our takes! What’s left goes into detailed descriptions of how many of the societal systems we take for granted are, in fact, coercive. And, of course, that there’s got to be a better way (hint: positive reinforcement). Plus, Rob and Diana describe old Disney cartoons from the 40s while Jackie sings preschool songs. Truly, something for everyone.
July 17, 2019
It’s time for the 3rd Annual ABA Inside Track book club. This year we’ll be discussing the late, great Murray Sidman’s important social work Coercion and Its Fallout. Rob, Diana, and Jackie go on a deep dive through chapters 1-10 of the book including a discussion of rat behavior, societal shocks, and a laundry list of the crummy ways in which society treats itself.
July 10, 2019
We behavior analysts work hard, right? We effect behavior change for our clients and feel pretty darn good about our efforts. But what happens if our clients don’t actually like anything we’ve done? This week we’re talking all about social validity, how to make sure we’re paying attention to it, and why some BCBAs might be a bit wary about it.
July 3, 2019
Summer may be heating up, but ABA Inside Track is staying cool with a remote guest from Iceland and our third annual book club (which we’ll pretend was recorded on a beach). This month, we discuss social validity, virtual reality training with special guest Dr. Berglind Sveinbjornsdottir, and how coercive practices may be synonymous with nuclear war. All that and listener emails and our typical preview episode nonsense.
June 26, 2019
From the archives: If one were to enter the virtual world, could we really expect that person to come out the other side with great fire safety skills and a fearlessness about spiders?  Well, this week we discuss two articles that say, "Yes."  Featuring our very first call-in co-host, anecdotes galore about Rob's favorite video games, and more terrifying spider scenarios than you could shake a stick it.  Strap on those VR headsets and step into the next level of research-based entertainment.
June 19, 2019
Everybody loves the idea of teaching complex behaviors. Everybody loves teaching new skills efficiently. Is it always possible to do both? Dr. Stacie Bancroft joins us to explain how these two great goals can go great together. This ain’t your parents’ chaining procedure.
June 12, 2019
We all live in an interconnected, WiFi world. So shouldn’t our work as behavior analysts be the same? Telehealth provides an exciting means to share our science at a distance; however, if we’re not careful, who knows what ethical dilemmas using this technology might lead us into. Have no fear! Your pals at ABA Inside Track hit the books—well, research articles—to figure out some tactics for the ethical BCBA to follow instead.
June 5, 2019
Starting summer off right with journal articles! This month we get back into a discussion of ethical dilemmas with the use of telehealth and telemedicine before inviting Dr. Stacie Bancroft to share some advance chaining variations. Finally, while we all enjoy some time off, a look back into the archives with our classic episode on research related to virtual reality. Bonus: Rob’s award-winning writings are only marginally embarrassing to hear about.
May 29, 2019
We wind down “It’s Gonna Be MAY” with a final topic that none of us have actually conducted research in but we think the field needs to know more about. Remember how we talked about behavioral momentum last week? Remember how “your BCBA friend” referred to the high-p/low-p sequence as an example of behavioral momentum. Well, THEY’RE USING THAT TERM WRONG!!! Find out why and how to avoid ever making that mistake again. Think of this episode as a public service announcement.
May 22, 2019
This week, we welcome returning guest, Dr. Bill Ahearn, to share in the “Gonna Be May” fun to discuss research related to behavioral momentum. And, in a behavior analytic podcast first, we discuss research with not one, not two, but three article authors! Remember, listeners, don’t be scared of the behavioral momentum metaphor: Dr. Ahearn has faith in your abilities to understand it.
May 15, 2019
The topics for “It’s Gonna Be May” keep on a-comin’ with Jackie’s award-winning work in observational learning research. Sure, we discuss some other articles about how important learning just by watching other people can be, but Jackie spends most of the episode thrilling us with tales of gluing toy boulders into trucks and the Cookie Man. Research sure sounds hard.
May 8, 2019
We kick off “It’s Gonna be May” with a discussion of Diana’s work in early intensive behavior intervention (EIBI) including a discussion of what is and what isn’t considered EIBI and how providing effective services passes the educational savings on to you. All that and Diana’s favorite research article ever!
May 1, 2019
It’s gonna be MAAAAY! And, in honor of May, all our episodes will be about ME! Well, about Diana and Jackie, to be exact. This month, we’ll be discussing research articles actually written by our dynamic doctor duo . There’s even an article that they wrote together. Plus, we finally dish out the answer to the question you’ve all been asking: What’s the difference between behavioral momentum and the high-p/low-p sequence?
April 24, 2019
From beneath the depths of the sea comes a creature unlike any man has ever known. It destroys cities without care. Our mightiest weapons cannot stop it. It is Godzilla, King of the Monsters! Only Grab Bag, friend to all children of the world, can help us now. Though Grab Bag may be small, he fights with the spirit of a million behavior analytic research articles. Go, Grab Bag! Save the world with your experimental designs and amazing science of human behavior. We believe in you!
April 17, 2019
At some point in everyone’s life, you will be forced to sit through a job interview. This week, in our most meta episode ever, we interview Dr. Rocio Rosales on the topic of interview skills. Will a firm handshake, fancy suit, and boastful claim that your biggest weakness is your lack of weaknesses give you the edge you need to succeed? Or is there more to interview skills mastery than a winning smile? Our resume is up to date and scented for that little something extra.
April 16, 2019
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, a portion of all of ABA Inside Track’s proceeds in April will be donated to the New England Center for Children. For those of you who haven’t heard of this internationally recognized school for individuals with ASD, Kim Walter joins us for a bonus chat about the ongoing mission of NECC to improve the lives of students, families, and behavior analysts. Fun fact: Without the New England Center for Children, there wouldn’t even BE an ABA Inside Track!!!
April 10, 2019
Snacking sure is great but isn’t usually the healthiest choice available. Since chiding people to eat better doesn’t seem to be cutting down the worldwide obesity epidemic, it looks like we’ll need behavior analysis to save the day. What does the research tell us about food preferences and promoting healthy food choices at a young age? And is there any way that we could make the whole thing some big, fun game? This podcast comes with and without cheese. You know you’re choosing the one with chees
April 3, 2019
Spring has sprung here at ABA Inside Track and a new garden of topics have grown into this months trio of podcasts. First, we take a look at what goes into making healthy food choices and how a space opera might be the key to battling obesity. Then we meet with special guest, Dr. Rocio Rosales, to discuss how to train individuals with ASD to improve job interview skills. Finally, we pull out the ol’ grab bag for another round of dog articles, good behavior games, and concurrent operant assessments.
March 27, 2019
You may think that discrete trial teaching requires you to present only one stimulus at a time. But, what if you could present more? And, what if, like magic, your students learned both without taking any additional time. Special guest Dr. Jason Vladescu joins us to share this seemingly magical procedure known as instructive feedback. Then stay tuned to hear our million-dollar ideas for scented oils. Copyright us.
March 20, 2019
ABA Inside Track is coming at ya LIVE with a very special episode recorded at TACT (The Autism Community Therapists) all on the subject of….well…tacts. And this week’s articles aren’t messing around when it comes to using mands and echoics to beef up your tact training protocols. Plus, binkles for everybody!
March 13, 2019
While many of you may have heard of Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking curriculum, have you ever wondered if it’s appropriate for behavior analysts to use it? Well, Dr. Justin Leaf certainly has and he joins us on the podcast to share all of his thoughts on the subject including whether Social Thinking is empirically supported, whether it should be categorized as scientific or pseudoscientific, and whether behavior analysts may be at risk of violating our ethical code for using it.
March 6, 2019
It’s another exciting month here at ABA Inside Track. Not only do we have two amazing guests lined up to review their research, but we also have a recording from one of our recent live shows. But, before all of that, we review some follow-up from last month’s episodes in errata and take a few moments to celebrate our THIRD YEAR of podcasting!
February 27, 2019
May I have your attention, please? Webster’s dictionary defines public speaking as the act of speaking in front of an audience. And it’s sort of terrifying…and I’m sweating just standing here talking to you. Now my PowerPoint slides have malfunctioned and I’ve dropped my notes. And I’m picturing the audience naked which is making me feel very uncomfortable. If only I’d listened to that amazing podcast about public speaking. Save me, ABA Inside Track!
February 20, 2019
What began as Rob’s excuse to talk about his favorite Mario games turned into a long discussion of research about gamification and its role (if any) in improving human behavior. We review the literature, the theory, and the anecdotes around this hot hot trend in every field from education to environmentalism. Is gamification the Fortnite of productivity? Or should it be tossed in a landfill like E.T. for Atari 2600.
February 13, 2019
In a world where individuals with mental health needs are struggling, could acceptance and commitment training be the answer? We chat with Dr. Adam Hahs to learn all about this third-wave behavior therapy, its procedure, the research, and exactly how the phrase “milk, milk, milk” could help parents with autism.
February 6, 2019
While it might be the shortest month of the year, ABA Inside Track is running long on exciting content. Switching up our preview format a bit, we’re here to tell you everything coming up in the ENTIRE MONTH! We’ll be talking about acceptance and commitment training with our special guest, Dr. Adam Hahs then tackling gamification and public speaking. Also, tickets are now available for the Behavior Analyst Leadership Conference (BALC), coming to Connecticut at the end of March!
January 30, 2019
It’s a belated birthday episode for Diana! In her honor we’re talking about joint attention, one of the primary deficits noted in most children with autism. This week we discuss what joint attention is, which treatments are effective for improving responses and initiation to joint attention, and how a trip to Uncle Moe’s Family Feedbag might be the ideal environment to master the skill. Happy birthday, Diana!
January 23, 2019
While Diana deals with a diaper change, Rob and Jackie enjoy some time together talking about joint attention in this week’s preview. After a quick update on some great journal articles to read for next week’s episode, we jump into errata featuring some emails and a reminder to get your tickets to the Behavior Analyst Leadership Council Conference on March 28-29.
January 16, 2019
Treating chronic absenteeism and school-refusal behavior is a growing need in many parts of the world. Heck, we even did a whole episode on it! Luckily, we have dedicated psychologists like Dr. Christopher Kearney working to meet these challenges through research and writings for professionals and for parents. Dr. Kearney joins Rob on the show this week to talk about his original research in developing the School-Refusal Assessment Scale and to troubleshoot some tough school-refusal scenarios.
January 9, 2019
So, you learned a new skill. That’s great! But can you use that skill over here? How about here? What about with these items? If you said no, perhaps you’d be interested in hearing all about general-case analysis, a nifty classic technique that provides all the handy-dandy steps you need to promote amazing response generalization. Plus, we remember that cigarette machines used to be a thing.
January 2, 2019
Ever want to train an individual in a new skill but don’t know how the heck you’re going to be able to promote its generalization? And do you think there’s enough time to train on every possible combination of stimuli? There’s got to be a better way!! And next week, we’ll be talking all about that way: General-case instruction. But first, errata and a reminder about a FREE CEU for listening to episode 69.
December 26, 2018
As 2018 draws to a close, we gather round together with our pal Matt Cicoria from the Behavioral Observations podcast to discuss what’s been going down with applied behavior analysis in the past 365 days. We talk losses, changes, and where we think 2019 will take us as a field. Happy Holidays, everyone!
December 21, 2018
It’s our very first LIVE recording from the floor of BABAT 2018. This year we took part in a panel discussion on dissemination of behavior analysis, our favorite topic. And we even brought our very own data! Thanks to the organizers of the BABAT conference and to everyone who took our survey. And huge thanks to everyone who attended our panel. You were an amazing audience!
December 19, 2018
After the world has moved on, bands of wild behavior analysts roam the deserts, searching for reinforcement wherever it can be found. Yet there are still tales. Tales of the last research journal library, home of the mythical grab bag wherein the full repository of behavior analytic knowledge still remains. Many pseudoscientists scoff at these tales, but the true BCBAs know that this research grab bag exists. Lost beyond the horizon, beyond the burned sea, beyond…THUNDERDOME!
December 12, 2018
Because we can’t be bothered to come up with a theme when an episode hits a multiple of 12, it’s another fun research grab bag. Hooray! And this time we run the gamut of research from ages 9-99. But first, fun with astral projection and your emails.
December 5, 2018
This week we’re joined by special guest, Dr. Solandy Forte, of Milestones Behavioral Services, to help us to gain a better understanding of the issue of cultural competence. It’s a very client-centered episode which lays out the positives and pitfalls that improved cultural understanding can bring.
November 28, 2018
While I think all of us at ABA Inside Track are pretty with it, woke, and progressive, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have room to grow, especially in the area of cultural competence. So, like any good behavior analysts, we found some research and reached out to an expert to wisen us up. But, before that happens, we celebrate a listener birthday with the gift of journal article recommendations.
November 21, 2018
We’ve got nothing but mand after mand for our special guest, Dr. Sarah Lechago. And when we stop asking about her cool model volcano, we finally get to the heart of her research on teaching children with autism to mand for information. How does she do it, you ask? Sorry, your podcast player can’t respond. You’ll just have to listen to the whole episode.
November 16, 2018
Our live recording wasn’t the only awesome thing happening at the Thompson Center for Autism’s 2018 Conference. We had the chance to chat with some of the other speakers about their research and favorite moments from the show. We also talked with a number of presenters at the student poster session. Plus, Rob finds a way to play video games. This episode is the next best thing to having been in St. Louis yourself.
November 14, 2018
Where? Who? How? are just some of the mands for information we have coming up on next week’s episode. And rather than answer these questions by ourselves, why not mand for information from someone who researches mands for information, Dr. Sarah Lechago. In the meantime, we respond to your mands for information in errata with our normal preview-level nonsense.
November 7, 2018
This week we’re coming to you LIVE from our taping at the Thompson Center for Autism Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Thanks so much to all of the organizers for giving us a great venue for our very first live recording of the show. Our topic was all about the transition to college for students with autism. We review some trends and possible next steps to support this population and even have a surprise special guest appearance!
October 31, 2018
Good news, everyone! More students with autism are attending college than ever before. Bad news, everyone! Many of these students are still struggling to graduate. What are the critical pieces of transition planning that have been underdeveloped? Next week, we’ll be discussing some research on the subject at our very first LIVE taping of ABA Inside Track at the Thompson Center for Autism Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.
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