There Are Many Misunderstandings Regarding Applied Behavior Analysis!
Behavior analysts only work with those diagnosed with autism. Uh uh - Nothing could be further from the truth. Behavior is universal - we all behave in ways that allow us to obtain things we want or avoid things we do not want. As such, behavior analysts work with those diagnosed with autism, executives trying to increase worker productivity and satisfaction, procrastinators with no diagnosis, mom and dads who want their children to make their beds and take out the trash, and much more!
Behavior analysts use punishment to get clients to do what they want. Oh no! Behavior analysts know that punishment may stop a behavior in the moment, but it often leads to sneaky behavior in which the individual still engages in the behavior - just not when the enforcer is around. :) Behavior analysts work to exhaust all reinforcement approaches to changing behavior before even considering a punishment technique. When all reinforcement approaches fail, punishment would only be considered for self-injurious or otherwise serious behaviors and parents or guardians always have to sign an informed consent form before moving forward. I have never used a punishment procedure. People are more motivated by rewards!
Behavior analysts only work in classroom settings. No way! Since behavior is universal, our services are needed everywhere! We work in schools (yes), but we also work in nursing homes, in marriage and family counseling, in organizations, and much more!