Do Behavior Analysts Deserve to Branch Outside Autism? (BACB, BCBA, RBT)

What to Expect

We're gearing up to record an episode on The Controversial Exchange - the podcast extension of The Daily BA, launching later this month! But we need your thoughts, perspectives, opinions, and considerations! Head here to share your two cents after watching the video (click + voice message):

Here are two of the viewpoints (not exhaustive) we'll dive into in much more depth to start the conversation.

  • Viewpoint 1: With 1 in 59 children diagnosed with ASD, wide acceptance of ABA as the best treatment and countless people (parents, family members, teachers, etc.) closely tied to these diagnosed individuals ABA should be more widely known as an applied science and, as consequence, behavioral principles should be more mainstream.

  • Viewpoint 2: ABA’s scarred history and lackluster present prevent the field from advancing outside of treatment of symptoms of ASD due to an ineffective application which results in harm.



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  • Dag Gladmann SΓΈrheim for helping make this trip to Norway happen!

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Ryan O'Donnell, MS, BCBA

Ryan O'Donnell, MS, BCBA

Hey, I'm Ryan. I usually go by Ryan O or RYANO. I hail from northern Nevada in the grungy, yet surprisingly classy, (and newly renovated) Reno, Nevada. I like my climate like I like my data: evolving, uncompromising, and progressive. I am a master of science; that is, I have an M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis, however, my interests have grown to include many other interests, including entrepreneurship and capturing perspectives and stories through various mediums. These interests and skills have allowed me to work with a lot of great people. I've started three businesses, started numerous active joint venture agreements, a behavioral think-tanka podcast, a professional development movement, helped organizations that support people with Intellectual Disabilities, to list a few. Currently, I lead product development and distribution for High Sierra Industries as a Learning Systems Development Specialist. I focus outside this role on building a community of thought leaders and doers to create content that increases the transparency of behavior analytic technologies with the hopes of creating a platform that truly saves the world. My interests are all over, from artificial intelligence and machine learning applications to the theory and philosophy behind Why We Do What We Do ( In my spare time you can find me consuming social media, prepping/climbing a giant mountain, or walking around with my camera in my hand (and, occasionally, all simultaneously). Connect with me personally on most all social platforms via @TheDailyBA and let me know what drives you to pursue the Behavior Analysis vision.

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