Can I add you as a friend on Facebook? Twitter?
Thank you, but no. To provide ethical treatment that is objective and unbiased, we avoid dual relationships.
When will I get to see my son/daughters picture on the website/ Facebook page?
Dr. Jon Bailey and Dr. Mary Burch say in Ethics for Behavior Analysts, 3rd Edition on p. 185 (2016):
“As a way of showing their human side, many behavior analysts will use photos of their clients on their web pages or in presentations. This is considered unethical, since it exposes people who are clients (and their families) and reveals to the world that they receive ASD, DD, or other behavioral services. We urge everyone to review their web pages, social media pages, and or attending a talk and observe this, the proper procedure is to first call attention of this oversight to the creator o the owner of the page or the speaker and ask him or her to make the necessary correction. Provide the rationale for the request, which is “our clients have a right to privacy and confidentiality.” If this is not corrected in a reasonable time period, they should be reported to the BACB”.
Because of the guidance provided by the author of our professional ethics code, we do not post any pictures of clients on the web page or social media.
What age group do you serve?
We don’t choose cases based on the age of the individual or based on any other demographic category. We choose to work with individual’s whose behavioral needs are commiserate with our experience and expertise.
How much sensory integration and/or joint compression do you include in your treatment plans and sessions?
None; ethically, we can only use evidence based procedures. Sometimes, we can use ‘sensory play’ or other non-evidence-based activities as reinforcement if the individual is motivated by those activities or things.
Will you try the technique they were using on ’60 Minutes’ last night?
If it is an evidence-based procedure that has been replicated numerous times with published results in reputable, peer reviewed journals, and the procedure is the most appropriate for the individual, absolutely.
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