Friday, September 7, 2018

You're making a list? Checking it twice? Do yourself a favor. Skip it.

It’s a waste of time to make a huge food shopping list. Instead, before you go, open your cupboards and your refrigerator door to see what you DO have. Then when you get to the supermarket, everything is already arranged into one big list. Just go up and down the aisles to find what you DON’T have, remembering what you do.‬

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) would call it your “data sheet." What drudgery! How they must suffer the obsession to record all behavior!

ABA Autism Data Sheet

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