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Why Data Collection Is Important

Collecting information on the target behavior (what we want to change) is an essential part of the assessment and intervention process. Measuring behavior is important, because it allows therapists to: determine if behavioral services are essential. identify which challenging behavior should be targeted first. identify which environmental events influence target…


Medicare Highlights

On Monday I attended the DC Senior Resource Group (DCSRG) meeting for the second time. The DCSRG is a networking event for people who work with the aging population. It’s held once a month at the Methodist Home church in Northwest DC. This month, Alfred J Chiplin, Jr. or “Chip,” a…

ABC Model

What Is The ABC Model?

Behavior analysts believe that behaviors are shaped by our environment. The likelihood that a behavior will increase or decrease depends on the events that happen right before or right after a target behavior. We observe what occurs in a person’s environment — antecedents, behaviors, and consequences — to identify environmental…

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The Gerontological Society Of America Conference

This past weekend I attended my first Gerontological Society of America conference. I have attended conferences in behavior analysis and geriatric medicine, but never the year’s largest gerontology conference, where researchers and clinicians in biological, behavioral, and social disciplines gather to discuss issues in aging. The theme, “Optimal Aging Through…


What Are Functional Behavioral Assessments?

Behavior analysts believe that all behaviors serve a purpose — even challenging behaviors (e.g., yelling, wandering, aggression). Just like appropriate behaviors (e.g., asking for an activity) can get us things we want and can get us out of things we do not want (e.g., asking to leave an aversive situation),…

Path to 2025

The Path To 2025

Nearly 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. It is estimated that by the time these individuals reach age 85, one in every two will develop dementia. This will drastically change the way older adults spend their golden years and poses a serious impact to our economy and healthcare industry….

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Where To Find A Geriatrician?

Geriatricians are physicians for older adults. They specialize in diseases associated with aging — dementia, bone loss, incontinence, heart and lung diseases, arthritis, diabetes, hearing loss, and Parkinson’s disease among others. Geriatricians are also trained to recognize frailty, multiple medical problems, and provide caregiving advice. They have a rich understanding…


Family Caregivers, Now More Than Ever

To all of our caregivers, I salute you. From caregivers of individuals with dementia, to the men and women who care for vets, to the families of individuals with disabilities and illnesses, I salute YOU. November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, as well as National Family Caregivers Month. Officially…

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How Much Time Is Needed For ABA Therapy?

Everyone’s behavior changes at a different rate. However, the more often ABA therapy is used by family or staff members outside of scheduled visits, the quicker behavior will change. The ABA therapist will only visit once or twice a week. Intensive programs may involve up to five or ten hours…

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What Does Staff Training In ABA Therapy Involve?

ABA therapy is a comprehensive program of services — it is not a “one size fits all approach,” nor is it a “canned” set of programs. We teach caregivers how to respond to challenging behaviors and how to modify tasks to encourage appropriate behaviors in individuals with dementia, but all…