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Some New Year’s Resolution Humor

January 7, 2014

In our field we could call this experimental behavior analysis lol
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“Autism does not define me.” by Miss Montana

January 27, 2013

Alexis is very correct. Too many think that Autism is only about deficits.

People with Autism also have abilities, talents, positive feelings and dreams.



Miss America Pageant and Autism

January 9, 2013




When I came across this, I thought it was AWESOME and just had to feature this positive story here on my blog.

Alexis Wineman is Miss Montana and she has Autism. She will be competing for the Miss America crown. The show will air live  Saurday on ABC January 12, 2013 at 9pm ET in Las Vegas.

I normally do not watch the Miss America pageant, though this year I most likely will tune in because of Alexis. I am very interested to see her comedy talent routine.

Also Alexis needs your support- you can vote online for her through January 10th here at this link;

When asked what she will do if she does not win the crown, Alexis will continue her public awareness speaking about Autism. What a special lady she is.


Good Luck to Alexis!  I think she is a beautiful inspiration  inside and out.

Further info about her story :



Autism is not just about deficits, it is also about positive ABILITIES.

2013 New Year’s Resolutions

December 30, 2012
Statistic Verification
Source: University of Scranton.   Journal of Clinical Psychology
Published: 12.13.2012
Rank Top 10 New Years resolutions for   2012


Lose Weight


Getting Organized


Spend Less, Save More


Enjoy Life to the Fullest


Staying Fit and Healthy


Learn Something Exciting


Quit Smoking


Help Others in Their Dreams


Fall in Love


Spend More Time with Family
News Years Resolution Statistics Data
Percent of Americans who usually   make New Year’s Resolutions 45%
Percent of Americans who infrequently   make New Year’s Resolutions 17%
Percent of Americans who absolutely   never make New Year’s Resolutions 38%
Percent of people who are   successful in achieving their resolution 8%
Percent who have infrequent   success 49%
Percent who never succeed and fail   on their resolution each year 24%
People who explicitly make   resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who   don’t explicitly make resolutions


My own opinion

It is that time of year again, out with the old and in with the new?

I was curious to review what the percentages were for New Year’s Resolutions for 2012 as our country approaches the Fiscal Cliff and remains in a weak economy. Note that money matters ranked number 3 for personal resolutions – not surprising to me.

My thoughts on this?  Spending less money, saving money behaviors also need to be our state and federal governments’ New Years Resolution. The overspending and over borrowing behaviors only cause higher taxes and lesser support programs as consequences for Americans.

Our governments can not financially sustain what they are putting out and borrowing. Have we not learned from Europe and especially Greece?

Therefore, as Americans try to change their spending behavior for the better, so should our government.

Am I concerned about our country?  Yes I am. I have been since the expensive wars started under Bush and the worse over exorbitant spending under Obama. Would you run your own personal home budget like this?  What would be the consequences of that behavior if you did?

Not very good ones….

As the resolution statistics say- perhaps if our president and elected officials made it a collective goal to straighten out our over spending and borrowing issues, maybe they would more likely be able to achieve it?

With watching all of this mayhem, I think unfortunately more crises will occur. If things continue to not improve, spending less, saving money will rise higher on the Resolution list.

It is that time of year again, out with the old and in with the new?

Unfortunately, the American debt is not going anywhere but increasing.



I can still try to hope for the best though. It is the optimist in me  = )

Developing a Registered Behavioral Technician ‘RBT’ Credential

August 26, 2012

Finally, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board   ( BACB )  is developing a new credential, Registered Behavioral Technician ‘RBT’ .

There has been so much confusion over people calling themselves behavior therapists, behavior aides, behavior assistants, behavior techs  etc that have hardly any formal and verifible Applied Behavior Analysis training and supervision by a  Board Certified Behavior Analyst  ( BCBA ). The Applied Behavior Analysis ( ABA )  consumer has no way to know who is professionally trained versus someone who went to a one weekend ABA training. The BACB has made a smart and very responsible move towards credentialing those that do assist the implementation of behavior plans.

The result of this? Better managed and trained staff that ABA consumers can trust and rely upon.

I am looking forward to the development of this newest RBT credential

Stay tuned ….


The ‘Good Behavior’ Commercial

April 6, 2012

As a Behavior Analyst and consumer of products and services, I love this commercial.

The message was communicated very well via a dog engaging visually in good behaviors, the song ” I will be good” was perfect to play to enhance the emotional message. Very smart to use and show the positive value of engaging in good behavior.

The commercial wants you to buy Traveler’s insurance utlizing ‘good behavior’ as their selling point. I love it !!!

Kudos to the advertisement agency Fallon Worldwide in Minneapolis who developed this commercial.

Well done.

April 2012 is Autism Awareness Month

April 2, 2012

It is now April 2012 and the CDC released the increased rate of 1 in 88 children has Autism. However, the upcoming new DSM V will be making it harder for children to meet the criteria to get the diagnosis of Autism. In my opinion, this makes no sense.

Thus supposedly no more Asperger’s, no more PDD either – so then where are these children going to belong and how are they going to get help?

Autism Spectrum disorder was meant to be an umbrella. The classifications were helpful distinctions to differentiate the functioning level of the child. An Asperger’s child versus a child with Autism are two different children. Even if you compared any two Autistic children there would be differences.

Us professionals in this field and the kids’ parents are perplexed by this move in the DSM V to change the Autism diagnosis. It is a wrong move that will not benefit these kids.

We have an epidemic of Autism. The kids are here, so lets give them the help and supports they need instead of looking to lowering numbers based on a more strict criteria.

Iowa Caucus Analysis

January 2, 2012

Okay Iowa Iowa the media is all over it, this poll and that poll
What shall happen?

I do not watch CNN and MSNBC, ABC, NBC and CBS news because they have been biased to Obama.

I watch FOX – at least they are less biased. Though too much over analysis of this upcoming Iowa caucus!!!!!

I predict that Mitt Romney will win. He has been steady in the polls and has made good one liners to resonate with the voters lately.

Yes I know – Ron Paul is up there – but lets face it – his ideas are too radical at times. Santorium- well nice guy but what REAL experience does he have?

Gingrich- brilliant man, though lots of baggage and he tends to put his foot in his mouth at times.

Perry has not done well with his gaffs.

Bachmann- tough lady, I give her credit for hanging on , but she will not win.

There you have it folks!
simple and to the point

Yes, this represents my personal politic opinions

If it were the general election I would vote for Mickey Mouse if it had an R after its name.

As Romney’s campaign says- Believe in America – I certainly hope so. Our country needs to go in a better direction. God help us.


October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October 6, 2011
Nice story about Jon. Worth watching   = )

Yes, I totally agree. People with disabilities also teach us lessons.

Electronic Technology Obsessive Behavior

September 10, 2011

As a Behavior Analyst I tend to watch behavior more intricately. Thus I notice behavior trends as they emerge.

Our current electronic technology age is consuming many. People are walking around with their heads buried in their iphones, ipads, black berries etc etc. People walk around looking like they are schizophrenics while talking to themselves with concealed ear phone pieces. Kids rather sit in front of a monitor playing video games than engage in creative play outdoors. People are driving recklessly while paying more attention to their texting rather than the road. I can go on and on ….

Why am I addressing this ? There are many positives that today’s technology has brought for society. However, I cannot but notice that many are obsessed with their super technology gadgets. Including cats!!!

Watch obsession with technology.

So long snail mail, adios to the ball of yarn …

 Playing with a fax machine is more fun!!!! lol