The Reblog below (from @theChalkface)  has already garnered an initial reaction on Facebook, where Regina Claypool-Frey posted the link for comments.

I particularly admire and respect John Eshleman’s initial responses to this article, as he points out the advantages that PT has in avoiding ‘drill and kill’ practice methods. As Kent Johnston said (when I was at Morningside, “All practice without an AIM is Aimless!”)

Methods in education based on the principles of Behaviour Analysis have a long history of success. The writer seems to have thrown the word “behaviorism” in their title with little or no thought.

For examples to support this, please consult

coverBehavior Analysis for Effective Teaching


moranEvidence Based Educational Methods

Quotations from the posts on Facebook:

28 January at 05:46

“John Eshleman A lot of people have a misguided view of “practice.” In PT, we’ve clarified it a lot: practice needs to be focused, and have achievable goals (aims) and feedback and instruction. It’s best when it’s Particular, Rapid, Added, Counted, Timed, Informed, Charted, Errorful, Daily.”

28 January at 06:02

“John Eshleman Og often said to count at least two things when practicing: the ones you “got right” and the ones that “need improvement.” Corrects and “NI’s” (enn-eyes) as I put it. That way you can get a learning picture (or, perhaps, a practice picture), and can set goals for both the corrects and the NI’s.”

End of Quotations


Technology helps develop communication skills in young people with limited speech

Technoleg yn helpu i ddatblygu sgiliau cyfathrebu mewn pobl ifanc â lleferydd cyfyngedig / Technology helps develop communication skills in young people with limited speech

Fantastically proud of Bethan Mair Williams (BCBA), so thought I would share this with readers of my blog. The pdf attachment is in both Welsh and English. The first part of the article follows as a summary.

Bethan Mair Williams is a speech and language therapist and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) who works with children with special needs. She has close links with Bangor University, where she is an honorary research fellow and also supervises post-graduate students who are undertaking the MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis in her field of work.

In 2013, Bethan co-supervised six different research projects. One of these focussed on introducing the Proloquo2go app to teenagers with complex needs in Ysgol y Bont, Llangefni, Ynys Môn. Proloquo2go is a symbol based app designed for use by people with little or no speech which enables them to communicate their needs and wants to those around them.

Following the success of this research project, Bethan has won a grant of over £6,000 from Gwynedd and Ynys Môn Joint Autistic Spectrum Disorder Planning and Stakeholders’ Group to further develop this work. This money will allow at least five more young people and their families to have their own mini iPads loaded with Proloquo2go and other useful apps, as well as to receive full training from specialists in this field on using the devices.

Link to pdf  of full article in both Welsh and English can be found here: Talkabout