Behavior Bitches
Behavior Bitches
Jun 4, 2020
A Call to Action: ABA Task Force
Play • 1 hr 23 min
Today's episode has the intention of creating a space where we can all listen, learn, and take action. We always talk about Skinner’s verbal behavior and the necessity of a speaker and a listener. On today’s topic the same is needed. A speaker and a listener. Our goal of today is to use our platform we have created to ask real, raw, honest, sometimes scary questions. We hope you leave today with actions you can actually do. In the wake of all the sadness and injustice that is occurring now and for the past 400 years to people of color, we will not remain silent. We will use our platform to host those who are taking action. We have special guest Landria Seals Green and Vanessa Bethea-Miller both Behavior Analysts and African American Women on the show to share their experiences with racism as well as the movement they have created to take action. Sign up for the ABA Task Force which is happening on June 19th and we better see you there. Love you. Mean it. Show notes: Where you can find our guests: Landria Seals Green, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCBA @LandriaGreenSLPGURU (instagram) @SLPGURU (facebook) Vanessa Bethea-Miller, M.A., BCBA, LBS @bcba_ness (instagram) @vanessabetheamiller (facebook)
The Behavioral Observations Podcast with Matt Cicoria
The Behavioral Observations Podcast with Matt Cicoria
Matt Cicoria
Looking Back on the Beginning: Session 1 Five Years Later
I've known that the 5th anniversary of the podcast has been coming up for quite some time now, and I've been wracking my brain on how best to commemorate this milestone. After considering a few different options, I eventually decided that there was no better place to start than by looking back at the first episode of Behavioral Observations, my interview with Dr. Greg Hanley. In this episode, we discussed the origins of what is now called the Practical Functional Assessment approach, back when it was referred to as the IISCA. I wanted to replay this show for a few reasons. First, even though the PFA process has gone through many refinements over the last few years, in this episode, Greg describes the factors that led him to deviate from the Standard Functional Analysis procedure. I think that part of the show on its own is worth revisiting. The second reason for sharing this conversation again is that every day new listeners are coming in contact with the show. While I get emails from some of them who tell me that they binge the back catalog, with nearly 150 shows, I don't expect that everyone is going to subject themselves to that. Lastly, this particular episode is the most downloaded episode when compared to all the other shows I've published. As of this writing, the show has been downloaded over 56,000 times. About 15,000 times more than the second-most downloaded show (which by the way, is Session 7, again with Greg... want to guess who's in the third-most downloaded show?). So for all those reasons and more, I hope you enjoy this episode, whether it is for the first time, or if you're dusting it off for a re-listen. On a broader note, I'd like to talk for a minute about my thoughts on the show turning five. It's not an understatement when I tell you that creating this podcast has been a life-changing experience for me. Most certainly life-changing in a professional sense, and very likely from a personal one as well. With regard to the former, starting the show really re-energized my passion for the field at a time when I was teetering on the brink of burnout (before burnout became a fashionable term). With regard to the latter, I've met several hundred people and made some amazing friends throughout this journey. And when milestones like these come up, it is incredibly overwhelming to think through all of the people who've helped me make this show happen. First, there are so many people who have been listeners and supporters since Session 1. People who've listened to every single episode... all of my filler words, awkward silences, vocal fry, the whole nine yards. I once had someone actually take data on my filler words and would send it to me from time to time. That's dedication! All kidding aside, this show would've quietly faded out over time if it wasn't for the support and encouragement from you, the listener. I'm also grateful to everyone who shares episodes with friends and co-workers. And of course supervisors and professors who who force their mentees and students to consume this content. It is both amazing and gratifying that this fun side project is helping people learn more about the science we all know and love. I've had countless people and organizations support the show financially, whether by purchasing CEUs*, subscribing to my Patreon membership, sponsoring episodes, or inviting me to speak at events. To be perfectly candid, the ability to generate some revenue from Behavioral Observations allows me to put more time into the show, and I'm grateful for everyone who has helped me do just that. It is always a danger to list specific people to thank in situations like these, as it is all too easy to inadvertently leave someone out. As such, I've chosen to limit my shoutouts to one person in particular: my friend John Corley. John is not a Behavior Analyst, but he is a programmer and all around tech-savvy guy. I shared the idea of a podcast with him over a few beers, and he relentlessly encouraged me to follow through with it. In fact, he helped me set up my website, the podcast's RSS feed, showed me the basics of GarageBand, and lots more. He remains on standby to me whenever I have a bug or glitch that needs sorting out. John Corley and me ~ 2017 So huge thanks to both John, and everyone else who has played a part in getting this show to nearly 2.5 million downloads in these last five years. I could say thank you a million times and it wouldn't be enough. I look forward to sharing these conversations with you for the next five years and beyond! * The 2021 Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis Conference! This year's VABA conference is April 15th and 16th. While this will be a safe and socially-distanced in-person event, it will also be available online, so don't worry if you're not local to the Virginia area. If you do sign up for it, use the promo code, GOMBU - a nod to conference sponsor, Mary Baldwin University, to save at checkout. * Also, I'm throwing a 5-year anniversary sale for all BOP CEU events. Get 55% off all CEU events by using the promo code "fiveyears." This offer expires at the end of February, 2021. Don't need CEU's, but want to get ad-free podcasts, access to bonus content, member Q & A zooms, and more? Consider joining the BOP Patreon Group. For more info, check out!
1 hr 6 min
ABA Inside Track
ABA Inside Track
Robert Parry-Cruwys
Episode 157 - Higher-Order Thinking in Higher Education w/ Dr. Darlene Crone-Todd
When you get to higher education, you should learn something more than facts, right? Shouldn’t you learn how to use those facts to solve new and exciting problems? This week, Dr. Darlene Crone-Todd breaks out the scaffolding and shares her research on how to define and plan for teaching higher-order thinking skills. For students of all ages, if you’re responsible for teaching others, there’s something here for you. This episode is available for 1.0 LEARNING CEU. Articles discussed this episode: Crone-Todd, D.E., Pear, J.J., & Read, C.N. (2000). Operational definitions for higher-order thinking objectives at the post-secondary level. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 4, 99-106. Crone-Todd, D.E. & Pear, J.J. (2001). Application of Bloom’s taxonomy to PSI. The Behavior Analyst Today, 2, 204-210. doi: 10.1037/h0099931 Pear, JJ., Crone-Todd, D.E., Wirth, K.M., & Simister, H.D. (2001). Assessment of thinking levels in students’ answers. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 5, 94-99. Crone-Todd, D.E. (2007). Assessment of thinking in adult learners. Behavioral Development Bulletin, 13, 43-46. doi: 10.1037/h0100500 If you're interested in ordering CEs for listening to this episode, click here to go to the store page. You'll need to enter your name, BCBA #, and the two episode secret code words to complete the purchase. Email us at for further assistance.
1 hr 22 min
Infertile AF
Infertile AF
Alison Prato
Abbe Feder is an actress, an infertility advocate, creator of the podcast "Maculate Conception," and co-founder of InCircle Fertility ( @incirclefertility ( ) ), which provides coaching, education, support and guidance to anyone navigating the shitshow of infertility. Today, Ali is talking to her amazing friend about her years-long journey, including multiple IUIs, multiple unsuccessful transfers, two pregnancy losses, a surrogate who changed her mind, PTSD, switching doctors, heartbreak after heartbreak, and so much more. Abbe also recalls the very difficult decision she and her husband made to reduce her pregnancy when she was pregnant with triplets, and how that third baby became her "angel baby," who brought them their healthy twins. EPISODE SPONSORS: FERTILITY RALLY @fertilityrally ( ) offering 24/7 Community, Content and Curated Events. Give yourself or a fellow infertility warrior the gift of support while navigating your journey. EVERYONE is welcome. SAVE THE DATE FOR FERTILITY RALLY LIVE ON 4/17/21 EXTEND FERTILITY Extend Fertility began offering egg freezing at 40% below the national average cost. By 2017, they were the largest egg freezing practice in the nation. Today, they've expanded to offer a full range of infertility services, including IVF, in a small practice environment that is more personal, higher quality and data driven. To make an appt or see more, go to ( ) Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:
1 hr 13 min
Creating a Family: Talk about Adoption & Foster Care
Creating a Family: Talk about Adoption & Foster Care
Creating a Family
What Do Kinship Caregivers Need to Succeed?
Grandparents raising grandkids or aunts and uncles raising nephews and nieces is often complicated and comes with a mix of challenges and blessings. What are the unique issues that kinship caregivers face and what do they need to succeed. We talk about these issues with LaNette Jacobs, an aunt raising her two nephews; Marla Galvan, a licensed clinical social worker and Foster Care Strategic Consultant for Child Welfare Information Gateway; Dr. Ali Caliendo, the Executive Director of Foster Kinship, a nonprofit support of kinship families in Nevada; and Jaia Lent, the Deputy Executive Director at Generations United where she provides direction for the National Center on Grandfamilies. In this episode, we covered: * Kinship care, also often called grandparent care or grandparent-led families, is used to care for children whose parents are unable. And while we will often use the term grandparent, we fully recognize that it is often aunts, uncles, cousins, and sometimes other siblings that are stepping up to care for these children. Kinship care can be permanent or temporary, financially subsidized or not, formal or informal. Kinship care at its best helps to maintain family connections and cultural traditions that can minimize the trauma of family separation.  * Grandparents raising grandkids or aunts and uncles raising nephews and nieces is often complicated and comes with a mix of challenges and blessings. * There is often a blurred line between being a family member and assuming responsibility for a relative's children. Is your role the grandparent or the parent and if parent, to whom is your first allegiance—to your child or your grandchild. * It’s also a blessing. It’s a do over, a chance to be fully involved in a child’s life again and make a difference in the next generation. * Why is raising your grandkids different from raising your own kids the first time around? * Understanding emotions.  * Guilt, shame, anger, distrust, loss, loneliness, grief. And these feelings are often felt by both the parent and the kinship caregiver. * Managing boundaries. * Communication * Being honest about your needs and the kids needs * Putting the children’s needs first. * How to help with reunification? * Try to show empathy towards the challenges that the parents are struggling with.  * Don’t put down birth parents, especially in front of the kids. * Assure children that their parents love them. * Tell parents that you know that they love their child. * Don’t put the children in the middle. * Make visits a conflict free zone—if possible. * Have adult conversations on working out disagreements away from the kids. * Support change in the parents. * Support groups. * Not financially prepared for the addition of kids. * Parenting kids who’ve experienced trauma. * Legal resources to be in the best position to advocate for the child. This podcast is produced  by We are a national non-profit with the mission to strengthen and inspire adoptive, foster & kinship parents and the professionals who support them. Creating a Family brings you the following trauma-informed, expert-based content: ·         Weekly podcasts ·         Weekly articles/blog posts ·        Resource pages on all aspects of family building   Support the show (
55 min
Ask Lisa: The Psychology of Parenting
Ask Lisa: The Psychology of Parenting
Dr. Lisa Damour/Good Trouble Productions
28: Bored, Sad, & Smoking Weed: How Do We Talk to Kids About Drug Use?
A parent writes in asking for help to address a teenager's marijuana use. Some teens are turning to drugs in this pandemic as they are looking for ways to cope with the sadness and boredom. Dr. Lisa explains what actually works in getting kids to stop using drugs and how to talk with kids in a way that's likely to keep them from becoming involved with drugs in the first place. Dr. Lisa talks about choices kids might make in the pandemic that could have irreversible consequences, while also offering tips on positive coping. Reena asks when adults should be concerned about their own behavior with regard to alcohol or marijuana use. BOOK GIVEAWAY: Thrivers: The Surprising Reason Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine, by Dr. Michele Borba Enter to win one of 3 books being given away by @asklisapodcast. 1. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and/or LinkedIn @asklisapodcast 2. Tag a friend and leave a comment (on Instagram/Facebook/LinkedIn) 3. Enter as many times as you'd like 4. For U.S. residents only (Give-away is not sponsored or endorsed by Instagram/Facebook/LinkedIn. It will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on 3/1/21. Winners will be chosen at random and will be notified within 24 hours of the end of the give-away. Books will be mailed to the winners.) Email your questions for Dr. Lisa to: Additional resources: Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @asklisapodcast
27 min
How to Decorate
How to Decorate
Ballard Designs
Ep. 185: Britt & Damian Zunino
Our guests today are a husband-and-wife team, Britt and Damian Zunino, of the Manhattan based architecture and interiors firm Studio DB. Their work has been featured in Luxe Magazine, Architectural Digest, The New York Times, ELLE Decor, and many others. We talk about their love of creative spaces, how New York has influenced their style, and how they aim to create a space that is beautiful but also livable, their collaboration process, and more. Their work exudes a swankiness that we really love, so be sure to check out their portfolio! What You’ll Hear on This Episode: How Britt would describe their style. Discussing the curvilinear elements, features, materials, color palette and other customization they chose for The Symon project. More about Britt and Damian’s unique country home outside of the city. Britt’s tips for making bold choices start with choosing a color palette. Designing around the unique pipes in the TriBeCa Franklin Street Loft. How to design when you have very high ceilings. Why you should invest more in lighting, especially with kids at home. What is Britt and Damian’s collaboration process? Where does the color palette in their projects come from? How they design custom cabinetry with creative detailing. Tips & Tricks for designing kid’s rooms and small spaces. Decorating Dilemma Hi Malorie, We love the idea of bringing in the pink, but with the color palette that you have we need to bring something to tie it in. The first option would be to incorporate a fun wallpaper on the ceiling that had some of these colors to bring it all together. Maybe something in pink with a micropattern. We thought maybe it would be nice to add two more swivel chairs that had a pretty back so you can see that right when you walk in but also be able to turn them around to watch television. We have even done something where we have upholstered the back of the chair in a different fabric that is a little more playful and the seat is more durable. Rather than having all of the furniture on the outside of the room, the swivel chairs will help pull it in and engage that space. Another option if you didn’t want to go the wallpaper route is to paint the ceiling a little bit of a softer green than what’s on the walls so it feels like a more uniform envelope of color. We love the idea of a stripe on the rug. Also, something in a pretty neutral, like a seagrass rug, would be nice. Then you could even layer on top of it with a more colorful or patterned rug to anchor the seating space. That one can be much smaller and cozier, and the bottom rug would stretch more towards the walls. To touch on the blue chair, the shape is really interesting but since you have so many lighter colors in the room you could reupholster this one to fit better with the room. It would be nice to even add a little footstool or side table. We also want to say that you’ve done a really good job! We love the custom sofa, the sofa table, the lamps, the sconces, the bench seat. It’s a great space and you’re really onto something that you just need something to tie it together. Good luck and send us the after photos! Mentioned in This Episode: Studio DB Studio DB on Instagram The Symon
59 min
What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood
What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood
Margaret Ables and Amy Wilson
Extremely Achievable Family Traditions
What are some small traditions we can lean on right now to create more joy and meaning for our families? We’re talking LITTLE. Preferably free. Not exhausting. Super fun. Lifetime of memories created. Our listener Lee inspired this topic in our Facebook group:  What about an episode about fun or special traditions for the rest of the year? When I was growing up, the “birthday person” always got breakfast in bed. I’ve brought the tradition to my own family as an adult, and it’s such a fun and special way to start the day. I’ve been trying to build more traditions for my young family (my kids are 3 and 6), especially during the pandemic, since we haven’t seen our extended family much, and a lot of our other markers are missing. In this episode we discuss some of our (and our listeners’) favorite family traditions. A few Rules of Traditions we discovered while recording this episode: Giving the ordinary a special name, song, day of the week is part of what makes it a tradition. Pizza Friday! Porch Popsicle Time! It’s all in the branding.  Traditions are like leprechauns: if you go looking for one, you probably won’t find it, but you can tell when one has appeared. Keep your eyes and ears open for fun moments that can become traditions simply by repeating them. Limitations are where the ingenuity– and the fun– comes in. What Rube Goldberg creation can be made exclusively with what’s in this junk drawer? What famous painting can we recreate using old bedsheets?  This moment we’re all in is tough. It’s also a crucible where family traditions might be formed. Even thinking about tradition-making has lifted our spirits– the idea that we can find “little fun” that might somehow become what will be remembered of this year we’ve all spent mostly at home.  * Leave us a rating or review in your favorite podcast app! * Join us on Facebook: * Instagram: * YouTube: * Pinterest: * Twitter: * questions and feedback: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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