Gratefulness and Growth During Challenging Times: Tori Finney, MA, RBT

In today’s staff spotlight we feature Tori Finney, MA, RBT, one of VB’s awesome field staff who shares some thoughts with us about how she’s been experiencing gratefulness and growth during the COVID-19 crisis. How has the COVID-19 situation impacted you the most? This has definitely been a time of difficulty and uncertainty. I have…

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Diagnostics Goes Virtual: Behind the Scenes with Allison Maletsky, Psy.D

As part of Verbal Beginnings’ new Telehealth suite of services, our New Beginnings diagnostic service has launched a virtual option as well! Here to share more about this program is licensed psychologist and head of our New Beginnings program, Allison Maletsky, Psy.D!   How is a virtual diagnostic session different than an in-person session? A…

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Healthy Beginnings Feeding Therapy Program: Now Featuring Telehealth

Insights about telehealth services for feeding therapy by Verbal Beginnings’ Director of Healthy Beginnings, Ben Sarcia. As our news and social media channels are saturated with updates regarding COVID-19, one thing has become immediately clear: We are all going to be at home for longer than we had initially thought, so why not take advantage…

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ABA Behind the Scenes: Understanding and Tracking the “ABCs” of Behavior

In this edition of ABA Behind the Scenes, Jami Hardy, MS, BCBA, LGPC, will be walking us through what happens before and after a particular behavior occurs and how it affects future behavior To understand why behavior occurs, we need to know what happens before, during, and after the behavior. In ABA, when we discuss…

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Professional Journals and Physical Exercise: A Conversation with Clinical Supervisor, Shari Pincus

Do you mind if we burst with pride for a second and give some props to one of our own? Shari Pincus, Clinical Supervisor with Verbal Beginnings, recently had her article, Context influences preference for and level of physical activity of adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, published in one of the most distinguished ABA…

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ABA Behind the Scenes: Replacement Behavior

In this edition of ABA Behind the Scenes, Jami Hardy, MS, BCBA, LGPC, talks about replacement behaviors and their integration into the ABA process Replacement behaviors are used to substitute behaviors that limit learning and inclusion, with behaviors that help promote success in the classroom and across daily-living tasks. Developing replacement behavior is a three-part…

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The Behavior Analyst’s Guide to Beating Burnout (Before it’s Too Late)

As a behavior analyst and a yoga teacher, it’s been difficult to exist in these two contrasting worlds. In behavior analysis, we focus on observable, measurable behaviors and avoid thoughts and feelings (private events) at all costs. Conversely, my yoga trainings have focused on being in the present moment, cultivating acceptance of one’s self, and…

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ABA Behind the Scenes: Extinction in Behavior

Extinction occurs when behavior with a history of being reinforced no longer results in access to reinforcement. Extinction is generally put into place for behaviors we want to see less of, and should only be used in combination with reinforcement for appropriate replacement behaviors. Extinction may be illustrated in a variety of ways depending on…

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ABA Behind the Scenes: Reinforcement and How Behavior Changes

In this edition of ABA Behind the Scenes, Jami Hardy, MS, RBT, LGPC, will be examining positive and negative reinforcement regarding your child’s behavior. When we discuss reinforcement in ABA we are talking about increasing behavior as a result of an event that followed the behavior. In other words, we’re more likely to do something…

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