Ableism and Sex: We Need to Comprehensively Address Quality of Life

Dr. Susan Wilczynski

Sexuality is a key feature of the intersectional way we define our identities as human beings. Healthy, consensual sexual expression leads to a higher quality of life for most people. Sexuality education can help people understand their own sexuality as well as how to manage their intimate relationships with others. Yet, sexuality education is painfully … Read more

Treating Food Selectivity as Resistance to Change

Dr. Cathleen Piazza

Change-resistant behavior, such as rigid and selective food consumption, is a core symptom of autism that can have significant negative consequences for the child (Flygare Wallén, Ljunggren, Carlsson, Pettersson, & Wändell, 2018; Levy et al., 2019). In the current study, we used a matching-law-based intervention (Fisher et al., 2019) to treat the change-resistant feeding behavior … Read more

Conceptualizing Self‑determination from a Behavioral Perspective: The Role of Choice, Self‑control, and Self‑management

Dr. Stephanie Peterson

We found that in most cases, people consider the goal of education to be developing a self-determined individual. Self-determination is an abstract term. Behavior analysts may find this term difficult to define. Therefore, it may be difficult to observe and measure whether “self-determined behaviors” have developed. Many other service providers use this term frequently; thus, … Read more

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