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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)

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)

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)

GreaterGood® Supports Education In Haiti

SEATTLE, Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- GreaterGood®, a family of online activism sites and its non-profit foundation GreaterGood.org, have partnered with The Dreamweaver Foundation, The M.A.D. Girls, Inc., and multi-platinum recording artists Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo, to launch The Other Side, a campaign supporting continued education for children in Haiti. "We are absolutely thrilled to be involved in such a wonderful initiative," said Nichet Smith, Senior Vice President of the M.A.D. Girls, Inc. "We are so looking forward to helping these children in La Gonave reach their educational goals. We are grateful to be a part of this project." Lekòl Kominotè Matènwa (LKM) located in Matènwa on the island of La Gonâve, Haiti has been selected as the inaugural school for the 2014 campaign. The Other Side is committed to funding teachers, training and school supplies ... (more)

Autism and Intellectual Disabilities: Much-needed Help for Families in Quebec

MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 09/22/14 -- The Miriam Foundation is proud to announce the breakthrough partnership it will be creating with Quebec's Ministry of Health and Social Services and the FQCRDITED (Federation quebecoise des centres de readaptation en deficience intellectuelle et en troubles envahissants du developpement) to improve the lives of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and Intellectual disabilities (IDs) and their families. A Priority: Attacking Waitlists The Miriam Foundation will contribute the necessary human and financial resources to help eliminate the current waitlists for diagnosis for young children with possible autism, intellectual disabilities or global developmental delays on the island of Montreal as a priority program. Today, some 800 children wait between 12 and 24 months for a diagnosis at Montreal hospital cent... (more)

Autism and Intellectual Disabilities: Much-needed Help for Families in Quebec

MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 09/22/14 -- The Miriam Foundation is proud to announce the breakthrough partnership it will be creating with Quebec's Ministry of Health and Social Services and the FQCRDITED (Federation quebecoise des centres de readaptation en deficience intellectuelle et en troubles envahissants du developpement) to improve the lives of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and Intellectual disabilities (IDs) and their families. A Priority: Attacking Waitlists The Miriam Foundation will contribute the necessary human and financial resources to help eliminate the current waitlists for diagnosis for young children with possible autism, intellectual disabilities or global developmental delays on the island of Montreal as a priority program. Today, some 800 children wait between 12 and 24 months for a diagnosis at Montreal hospital cent... (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)

Virtustream Delivers xStream 2.0, Cloud Software to Run Private, Public and Hybrid Enterprise-Class Clouds

Virtustream, Inc., the leading enterprise cloud solutions provider, today announced xStream 2.0, a highly secure, high performance enterprise-class cloud solution for private, virtual private, public and hybrid clouds. xStream 2.0 is available as software, as a stand-alone appliance and as a managed service – enabling customers to choose the best solution to meet their needs. xStream uniquely lets customers manage hybrid clouds allowing them to select a tailored mix of on-site private cloud, combined with off-site public and virtual private clouds. “As enterprises move toward migrating production workloads to the cloud, the technology platform used must be designed with application performance and flexibility in mind if IT transformation is to be sustainable,” said Agatha Poon, research manager, global cloud computing for 451 Research. “Cloud offerings, like xStrea... (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)

Why not just castrate them? (Part 2): The mainstream media finally notices the Geiers' Lupron protocol [Respectful Insolence]

I originally joined this wild and woolly collective known as ScienceBlogs back in February 2006. I was not part of the very first wave of bloggers who made up ScienceBlogs when it launched, although I potentially could have, mainly because I had to work out policies about outside employment with my university before I could join up. In any case, one of the very first posts that I did back then that made a bit of a splash was a little ditty I called in my usual inimitable and restrained fashion, Why not just castrate them? It was the dark saga of an even darker father-and-son tag team of quacks named Mark and David Geier. Dr. Mark Geier is a physician but has no expertise in pediatrics, endocrinology, vaccines, or autism. His son only has a bachelor's degree in biology; yet he assists his father in his "research" and in essence helps him treat patients, despite his la... (more)