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Spring 2020 Newsletter -> BIS News

A huge, heartfelt thank you to our amazing behavior team!


Our supervisors and R/BTs have ALL done incredible work to help students and one another get through this covid crisis.


The Six Feet of Separation Committee, led by Amanda Duclos, and her able team, Jen Price, Sarah Roland, Rubilene Noguera and Paul Zaporteza, kept the BIS team engaged with everything from DIY mask-making, 30-minute meditation sessions (click here to try one out: Meditation – A Calm Refuge), House Parties, Scavenger Hunts and on-line games and so much more.


R/BT Kendall Holmes, has been contributing weekly workouts to help keep the team fit and focused. Follow the links below to workout with Kendall. Don’t want to work out? Follow the link anyway to meet Kendall’s adorable dog.


Shout out to SPG’s new resident chef, R/BT Lindsey Peck, who hosted an on-line cooking class for the team.


If you weren’t able to join Lindsey’s class, you can access the recipe here: Roasted Chicken and Vegetables 



Put on Some Headphone and Try These Great Podcasts

Check out these behavior-related podcasts on your next walk around the neighborhood.


Hidden Brain always has great episodes, including this one which takes a look at the evolution of the clicker and the power of judgment free learning. Dog trainers used them in the 1980s and now clickers are a go-to tool to teach all kinds of skills – dancing, fishing, and even surgery:  Hidden Brain – When Everything Clicks


Looking for something relevant to our current covid times? Try this episode from The Behavioral Observations podcast. In it, Dr. Pat Friman, discusses behavior analytic interpretations of common mental health challenges, including anxiety and depression, as well as practitioner stress and burnout.

Behavioral Observations Podcast – Self-Care


In another episode from The Behavioral Observations podcast, Dr. Amanda Kelly discusses how to use behavior analysis to help the environment and her #nostrawforme campaign. What started out as essentially a self-management intervention is evolving into movement to reduce the usage of disposable or single-use items.


Behavioral Observations Podcast – Sustainability & Straws