Thank you for joining me here.
If you’ve clicked on this page then the chances are that you’re wondering what this blog is all about. It’s my little piece of the internet which I use to talk about an approach to explaining and changing behaviour which I am really passionate about. This approach is called (Applied) Behaviour Analysis.
What is this Behaviour Analysis and ABA you keep mentioning?
In short, behaviour analysis takes the view that most behaviour is learned and we can apply these scientifically validated techniques to bring about behaviour change that makes a significant difference to the lives of individuals. It’s popular as an intervention for people with developmental disabilities, but it also has applications in business, classroom management and animal behaviour to name a few. Intrigued? You can read my quick guide to behaviour analysis here.
Why start a blog about Behaviour Analysis?
For some reason behaviour analysis is an approach to psychology which has been swept under the carpet, an unknown or misinterpreted puppy left out in the rain. Admittedly our approach isn’t always presented in the most charismatic of ways. Not everyone wants to be best friends with google scholar in order to find out about the ABA. And so this blog was born!
I am serious about behaviour analysis, but I try not to take myself too seriously!
Since I completed my masters degree in applied behaviour analysis in 2015, it has been my passion to share my ideas about ABA and spread the word about this amazing approach to behaviour change. I would love for behaviour analysis to become as popular and well known as something like speech and language therapy. If more people knew about it, then maybe we could use it to solve problems in a way that we never thought possible. I hope that I can help people to see the potential and versatility that behaviour analysis has as an approach.
Why the name ‘Behaviour Babble’?
Because this blog is my space to share my enthusiasm for behaviour analysis with you lovely people! I chose the word ‘Babble’ because I recognise I am still learning about ABA and I think that behaviour analysis needs a voice which is a bit more informal and relatable than most.
I chose the name Behaviour Babble because behavioural psychology tends to use a LOT of jargon, which can be confusing to understand at times (I’m looking at you negative and positive reinforcement!). It is my aim for this blog to be a place to help debunk the ABA jargon and explain some of the key terms in a way that anyone can understand and relate to.
Who is the girl behind Behaviour Babble?
I’m a 20 something girl living in the UK who just so happened to become interested in ABA. Aside from blogging, I love exploring new cities, watching Studio Ghibli films and baking fun cookies.
Where can I find out more about Behaviour Analysis? Where do you get your inspiration from?
If you’re just starting to get to know behaviour analysis then make sure you check out this great book “How to Think Like a Behavior Analyst” by Dr. Jon Bailey and Dr. Mary Burch. It answers all of your ABA questions in a Q&A style format and includes fun chapter titles such as “Isn’t a behaviour analyst just a super nanny with a British accent?”!
If you want to know everything there is to know about behaviour analysis then the best place to start is the book by Cooper, Heron and Heward, simply titled “Applied Behaviour Analysis”. Be warned though, this book is not for the faint of heart! It is an extremely useful but extremely detailed read.
What other blogs do you recommend?
My favourite blogs which I love to catch up on are..
(Not an ABA blog, but really worth a read if your interested in practical tips for improving your life one step at a time)