One Size Does Not Fit All in Special Education: Lessons from Procrustes

This is an abbreviated version of the story of Procrustes the Stretched and Theseus from here (emphasis mine). Theseus went on his way again. After a few miles, it got dark. Theseus saw a large house up ahead of him. He decided to ask the owner for a bed for the night, so he walked … More One Size Does Not Fit All in Special Education: Lessons from Procrustes

External Incentives DECREASE Intrinsic Motivation: Implications for Classroom Management

This blog post is another in a relatively long string of posts describing why I do not feel reward or incentive-based management systems are appropriate models for school-wide behavioral management (previous posts here). Up until now, I have been addressing the issue from an educational perspective with a particular focus on how rewards can turn … More External Incentives DECREASE Intrinsic Motivation: Implications for Classroom Management

Why ABA is not Effective: A Behavior Analysis Perspective

A Theoretical Aside I have repeatedly mentioned here on this blog that I am not a fan of Applied Behavioral Analysis (link). I have stated that I hold these objections for various reasons: I consider ABA to be compliance training and I have grave concerns regarding the long-term consequences of teaching disabled youth that compliance … More Why ABA is not Effective: A Behavior Analysis Perspective

Moving Beyond Planned Ignore and Proximity Prase: Strategies to Address Challenging Behaviors

Why Haven’t They Done That Yet? I have been in many classrooms where the behavior specialists come in and suggest methods to overcome a persistent challenging behavior in class. I always had to work to keep my mouth shut when I hear these professionals suggest planned ignore, praise around, and behavior charts as a panacea … More Moving Beyond Planned Ignore and Proximity Prase: Strategies to Address Challenging Behaviors