David’s Blog

Learning Starts Right Away

A couple of weeks ago, one of our behavior analysts came by one of the programs bringing her new baby, a brand new human being (not yet a month old), to be greeted, recognized and included in the family. What a treat! I’ve not had the pleasure of holding a newborn for a while. What […]

Long, Long, ago…

Long, long, ago, in a galaxy far, far, away, Yoda told Luke Skywalker:“Do, or do not… there is no try.” Yoda hit the nail on the head. In ABA practice we implement this axiom continuously with every skill we teach. ‘Doing’ is clear and simple, operational and observable. ‘Doing’ is repertoire in action and gives […]

Ordinary Heroes

Recently, when I’ve had a spare moment, I’ve been reading about famous people, one such Pete Seeger who left us this past year after a rich and giving life.Discounting his own fame he said, “….there are people in every community who are extraordinary – a woman who might have raised six children on her own […]

Civil Rights Yesterday and Today…

Today is a good time to look at where we’ve come from and where we have yet to go. When I was a kid, a business could legally put a “whites only” sign in the window. Children with disabilities did not have access to publicly funded education and were totally dependent upon private charity for […]

I’d like to tip my hat…

Today, I’d like to tip my hat to the BI. I spent the first seven years of my adulthood in a variety of paraprofessional positions, so I’ve worn the shoes. At SD, “BI” stands for “behavioral instructor”, not “behavior interventionist” as the acronym is commonly used. This derives from the notion that applied behavior analysis […]

A Virtual Welcome

A virtual welcome to SD Associates! The new website is up and awaiting discovery; but you know that, you’re here. Please pass it forward… I’ll be using this space periodically to share my musings about what we do at SD, the ever unfolding understanding of what makes us tick afforded by the perspective of applied […]