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From ABA Journal ABA is based on the principles of behavioral approach and utilizes these principles to change socially significant behaviors. What does ABA target? Teaching new behaviors Strengthening existing behaviors Preventing undesirable behaviors Weakening/extinguishing undesirable behaviors Maintaining the behavioral changes Generalizing the behavioral changes Reinforcement is the behavioral consequence which increases the future likelihood of the behavior that it follows. If a stimulus is added to the environment in the reinforcement process, this type of reinforcement is called ‘positive reinforcement'. This stimulus is called ‘reinforcer' (i.e., ‘reward'). In order to get the expected result the reinforcer should immediately follow the target behavior, and should be provided only for the target behavior. Make sure that the reinforcer: has a reinforcing ... (more)

Adobe Flash on the Road to Nowhere

This Wednesday was probably the first day on the (potentially long) path to Adobe Flash decline: the most popular video site out there – YouTube – started offering videos in Flash-less mode for browsers which support HTML 5 and h.264 video codec. This means that today the option is available for Chrome and Safari. Then at some point they will likely add the Ogg codec and support Firefox, or help Firefox get native h.264 codec support. And then IE9 ships and all latest browsers will play videos natively. Flash will no longer be required for video, and why would anyone want it then? The whole story of Flash in retrospect is going to be an interesting one. Adobe had 95-98% penetration in PC market for years and could not expand its adoption beyond video. They tried: kept improving the tools, added offline, even tried open-sourcing it, and getting to the mobile market –... (more)

Apple's Foray into Fitness

If Apple's recent patent application tells you anything, its that the giant technology firm is working on further entry into the fitness space. That's something the fitness industry better pay close attention to. As the patent illustration shows on the left, the application includes an extensive interface running on the iPhone. The black and white images show the iPhone interface controlling and monitoring all details, from starting a treadmill to managing the number of curls you perform as part of a workout. While details are still vague, compatible gym equipment would use a similar 30-pin connector that Apple sell to display video from your iPhone to your TV, and contain a new 'authentication' chip that Apple would provide to licensed third-party developers. Apple is about to take this concept to the nextlevel by announcing partnerships with various fitness equipmen... (more)

Exceptional Minds Marks First Year as Vocational School and Working Studio for Young Adults on Autism Spectrum

Sherman Oaks, CA, June 24, 2012 --(PR.com)-- It’s a wrap for Exceptional Minds, which celebrated its first successful year Friday as a nonprofit vocational school and working animation studio for young adults on the autism spectrum. The school marked the event with an open house at its Sherman Oaks studios, where actor Ed Asner, actress Isabella Hoffman, Tamara Miles from Warner Brothers and other supporters gathered to celebrate a long list of accomplishments, including three film projects, Adobe testing accreditation and an accomplished student body preparing for careers in post production and media graphics. Among its more notable accomplishments: Exceptional Minds received credit as the post-production studio for the closing credits of the movie Lawless, a Weinstein Company production that was accepted into the prestigious 2012 Cannes Film Festival competition. ... (more)

Lineagen Presents Data Showing Clinical Utilization of FirstStepDx®, a New Model of Genetic Service Delivery, at the 2012 American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lineagen, Inc., an innovative molecular diagnostics company focused on complex, genetically linked disorders, today presented clinical utilization data for Lineagen's FirstStepDx.  FirstStepDx is a comprehensive evaluation service that integrates highly advanced and comprehensive genetic testing for individuals with developmental delay (DD), intellectual disability (ID), and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) with personalized pre- and post-testing genetic counseling and industry leading reporting services. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111214/NY22073LOGO ) In a poster presentation titled, "Genetic Services for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder in Primary Care," Lineagen reported FirstStepDx clinical utilization data according to physician subspecialty, test outcomes and use of genetic counseling ... (more)

Where in the World is Innovation in Healthcare?

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless knows that innovative ideas can come from anywhere. Our 2014 Powerful Answers Award (PAA) received thousands of entries from around the globe – each one vying for the chance to win a $1 million prize and an opportunity to change the world through innovations in education, transportation, sustainability and healthcare. Out of more than 1,870 submissions, ten inspiring finalists were chosen in the Healthcare category. Here are some of the facts and figures: Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141112/158100-INFO Each of the Healthcare finalists presented their ideas to a panel of expert judges for a chance to win $1 million and work with Verizon to turn their idea into a reality. Follow their journey and stay tuned for the big winner reveal in late January. Who will take the top prize? Communica... (more)

Supporting Canadian Aerospace Excellence

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 11/19/14 -- Industry Canada The Canadian aerospace industry is a global success story that is setting new standards for innovation, productivity and competitiveness, Industry Minister James Moore told a lunchtime audience today at the 2014 Canadian Aerospace Summit. The Minister underlined the government's support for aerospace and reiterated its commitment to supporting the manufacturing industry and establishing the right economic conditions for success. These included lowering taxes, cutting the corporate rate from over 22 percent in 2007 to 15 percent today and removing the federal capital tax. Minister Moore also announced the creation of the Space Advisory Board, which will provide expert advice to the government on Canada's role and future in space. The board includes experts from across the country who will help lead Cana... (more)

Research, Clinicians & Smartphones Answer the Call for Families Worried About Autism

When families or physicians suspect a child has autism, early intervention is critical, yet wait lists for in-clinic assessments and diagnosis can be several months or more than a year long. Medical technologies firm Behavior Imaging Solutions has collaborated with Arizona-based Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Georgia Tech to introduce NODA™, a new technology and clinician-based autism diagnostic service that can provide families with an autism diagnosis in two weeks or less, and at half the cost of in-clinic assessments. Watch this video to learn how NODA works: behaviorimaging.com/noda-pediatrician. Behavior Imaging's NODA, the Naturalistic Observation Diagnostic Assessment, uses smartphone technology and a team of clinicians trained for assessing behavior to confirm or rule out... (more)

Contrary Opinion: CRM is a Hoax

I have a pet peeve concerning two things I’ve been meaning to write about lately, namely CRM and multi-tenancy. I recently read an excellent article referencing both concepts and thought itmight be a good stepping stone to a quick blog post. In his article Don’t Get Conned – The many disguises worn by software-as-a-service, Matt Wallach discusses CRM software and the concept of SaaS multi-tenancy. Matt’s business is life sciences, and he discusses the state of CRM software for his industry. His argument is along the lines of “be wary of on-premise wolves in SaaS sheep clothing”. The wolves, in this case, areon-premise CRM vendors who simply throw servers over a wall and call it a SaaSday. The sheep (aka the good guys) are those genuine SaaS vendors riding a multi-tenant architecture. He then proceeds to define what multi-tenancy means using the well-known “neighbor... (more)

LBS Research Series 2012

NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: LBS Research Series 2012 http://www.reportlinker.com/p0332361/LBS-Research-Series-2012.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Portable_Devices Executive summary Navigation systems and services for car and pedestrian navigation can be divided into multiple categories. Car manufacturers offer factory installed in-dash navigation systems as standard or optional equipment on a majority of their models sold in developed markets. Drivers that want to add navigation to their existing vehicle can choose among a number of aftermarket solutions. Examples include in-dash navigation systems, Personal Navigation Devices (PNDs) and navigation apps for mobile phones. New device categories such as Internet tablets are also being equipped ... (more)

LBS Research Series 2013

NEW YORK, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: LBS Research Series 2013 http://www.reportlinker.com/p0332361/LBS-Research-Series-2013.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Portable_Devices This report bundle is a complete set of five unique reports - offering in-depth analysis and unique insights into the mobile LBS market. This package comprise the following titles in Berg Insight's LBS Research Series: Mobile Navigation Services and Devices, Mobile Location-Based Services, LBS Platforms and Technologies, Location-Based Advertising and Marketing and People Monitoring and Safety Solutions. Executive summary MOBILE NAVIGATION SERVICES AND DEVICES Navigation solutions for car and pedestrian navigation can be divided into multiple categories. Car manufacturers offer factory ... (more)