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We have a webinar on Thursday, Ethics in Social Media. This 4-hour training course meets the ethics requirements described by the BACB. We have a few seats remaining so if you need to fulfill your ethics requirement or if you are in need of a few more credit hours before you renew, visit our website to register.social media data

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I recently shared our publication regarding what to expect during an FBA. We also had a publication come out in January in Behavior Analysis in Practice. I wrote the article with 3 other colleagues (Patrick O’Leary, Megan Miller, and Amanda Kelly) titled, “Blurred Lines: Ethical Implications in Social Media for Behavior Analysts”. social mediaIf you would like to read the article you may purchase it here. If you are a full member of ABAI, you may be able to access it through the ABAI portal at no charge.

I am sharing this article today as a reminder that Patrick O’Leary, the lead author of the paper will be offering a webinar on this very topic. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, April 30th, at 4pm eastern. You may complete the webinar in the comfort of your home or office. What a great way to earn your required 4 ethics credits!

If you are interested in registering, please visit our website and complete the form. Click on submit and use PayPal to complete payment with your PayPal account or to use a credit card.

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graphHi and welcome to Ask Missy Mondays where I respond to a question from readers. Today’s question was posted on a list serve for parents and family members of individuals with autism. The mom wrote,

“As far as data collection, I hear about the BCBA doing it but I have never seen it nor heard specific results. I requested the data and the BCBA told me that as an outside consultant she is not allowed to provide it.

Having taught a course on Ethics and Professional Issues for behavior analysts, and in addition to offering on-going coursework related to ethical issues for Board Certified Behavior Analysts, hearing things like this really upsets me.

Guideline 2.0 Responsibility to Client

The Behavior Analyst Certifying Board (BACB) has developed a set of Guidelines that BCBAs and BCaBAs must follow. These guidelines are called the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct and they may be viewed here. One of the guidelines states that “the behavior analyst has the responsibility to operate in the best interest of the client“. When the client is a minor or incapacitated (i.e., unable to make decisions for him/her self), the client’s parents or guardians become the client.

In the case above, the BCBA is claiming that her responsibility lies with the school district who is paying her salary. Unfortunately, the school district is a third-party payer. While the BCBA has responsibilities to her employer, those responsibilities cannot override her primary responsibility to the client. In fact, the guidelines address this issues.

Guideline 2.05 Third Party Requests for Services

This guideline has two parts. First the guideline states that “When a behavior analyst agrees to provide services to a person or entity at the request of a third-party, the behavior analyst clarifies to the extent feasible, at the outset of the service, the nature of the relationship with each party. This clarification includes the role of the behavior analyst (such as therapist, organizational consultant, or expert witness), the probable uses of the services provided or the information obtained, and the fact that there may be limits to confidentiality.

The guidelines go on to state that “If there is a foreseeable risk of the behavior analyst being called upon to perform conflicting roles because of the involvement of a third party, the behavior analyst clarifies the nature and direction of his or her responsibilities, keeps all parties appropriately informed as matters develop, and resolves the situation in accordance with these Guidelines.

So, while the district is paying for the services, the client is the child and his/her guardian. When he client requests their data, the behavior analyst must make those data available.

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New Year ResolutionAs behavior analysts, we are faced with many responsibilities. Before we even think about seeing clients, we must first acknowledge the need to uphold our ethical obligations. We have a number of rules and principles to keep in mind. These include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Core ethical principles for psychologists
  • BACB Guidelines for Responsible Conduct
  • State Laws
  • Federal Laws

As we embark on the new year, I have a few resolutions for me and my fellow behavior analysts to consider.

  1. I will strive to keep reinforcement a top priority by conducting preference assessments and reinforcer inventories frequently (relates to BACB Guideline 4.05)
  2. I will strive to keep my client’s rights ahead of my own interests and conveniences (relates to BACB Guideline 2.0)
  3. I will strive to engage in professional behaviors at all times so that others view our profession with high regard (relates to BACB Guideline 7.01)
  4. I will strive to remain current in the research related to my area of practice (relates to BACB Guideline 1.03)
  5. I will strive to be the best behavior analyst that I can be (relates to Guideline 1.0)

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We love finding cartoons that show behavior analysis in action. We found a cartoon on another behavior analyst’s website. However, the cartoon originated from The Oatmeal. In the cartoon, you see a cat engaging in all sorts of great behavior in order to gain attention from his/her owner who is engrossed in the internet. After multiple attempts to gain attention using appropriate behavior, the cat finally decides to engage in challenging–or inappropriate– behavior (furniture scratching) in order to get attention. Surprise! This inappropriate behavior immediately resulted in attention from his/her owner.

I’m hoping that I can convince Matthew Inman to create a similar cartoon with humans. You see, the images he created, brilliantly show how challenging behavior is maintained. Children engage in a number of behaviors, many of which are ignored by parents or teachers. Still longing for attention, children will then engage in mild challenging behavior (e.g., fighting, acting out) to which parents and teachers promptly respond with negative attention. Parents and teachers justify this by saying things like, “We can’t let them fight” or “It’s not appropriate to run in the house” or even “I was trying to teach!”

So, our advice for you on this fine Friday is to take a moment to reinforce your children or students (or perhaps even your partner) so that they do not have to engage in challenging behavior in order to get your attention.

Happy Friday!

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We recently discovered a fellow blogger, Benjamin Theisen. He is a BCBA and he writes often about how ABA may be applied to every day life. We are sharing this post because of its relation to TV watching which we wrote about recently as well. We hope that you will enjoy reading Benjamin’s blog as much as we do. You will find it here if you want to read more. You may also follow him on twitter @BYOCmagazine

From USA Today: Experts tell parents secondhand TV harms child development

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It’s in your liv­ing room.
It under­mines parent-child inter­ac­tions.
It hin­ders lan­guage devel­op­ment.
It reduces your child’s abil­ity to play and learn.
It reduces time your child will spend TRYING to play and learn.
At least 33% of fam­i­lies do it everyday…

You are the par­ent. You are in charge.

Take a stand! Turn OFF the TV!

This advice comes from the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Pedi­atrics, who recently pub­lished their first warn­ing ever about the dan­gers of sec­ond­hand TV.

“Par­ents are dis­tracted by TV the same way preschool­ers are,” says author Lisa Guernsey.

Look at your liv­ing room. Watch for the warn­ing behav­iors:
Do you leave the TV run­ning while inter­act­ing with your child?
If your child is play­ing with a toy nearby, are you check­ing the TV while cook­ing?
Are you watch­ing him play with an inter­ac­tive book while your TV plays on low-volume or mute?
Is your child col­or­ing while you rewind the DVR and read par­ent­ing blogs online?
Turn off the TV! Par­ent­ing means you multi-task enough already.

Turn OFF the TV when you inter­act with your devel­op­ing child. Read the USA Today arti­cle to know why.
Exter­nal Link — USA Today: Experts warn of harm to kids from sec­ond­hand TV viewing

For more about how you can teach your chil­dren, click this inter­nal link to BYOC Magazine’s “2 Myths about par­ents as teachers”.

For a detailed pic­ture of what to do with your child when the TV is off, click this inter­nal link to BYOC Magazine’s “Par­ents are teach­ers — Lit­tle girl vs. The shape sorter”.

What is your opin­ion on TV and par­ent­ing? Does it affect your children?

Tags: child, kids, sec­ond­hand, TV, dan­ger, devel­op­ment, par­ent­ing, advice, teaching

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