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© Shawnee Scientific Press, 2018. From: Dixon, M.R. & Paliliunas, D. (2017).  AIM: A behavior analytic curriculum for social-emotional development in children. Carbondale, IL: Shawnee Scientific Press.

tips for

starting aim

Before Reading AIM

  • Keep an open mind!  Some of the language and therapeutic approaches included in AIM may be different than what you've done in the past.  These differences in discussing and managing social interactions and emotions are key in AIM!
     

  • Review your professional and ethical standards and guidelines.  Have a firm grasp of your scope of practice before you begin reading so you can determine how best to fit in AIM into your services.
     

  • Pre-plan.  Before beginning, think of which children or adolescents you work with may benefit from additional social-emotional intervention or an increase in adaptive, flexible behavior.

While Reading AIM

  • Take time to understand the theoretical and empirical foundations that underly AIM.  It is important to understand both how and why AIM works.
     

  • Do extra reading or research if needed.  AIM provides the introduction foundations to mindfulness, ACT, and ABA, but there are vast numbers of articles and books on each topic.  A list of our recommended additional readings is included in the AIM book.
     

  • Consider the flexibility of the AIM system.  While reading, think about how AIM can be adapted to meet the needs of your clients or students.  We provide a number of variations of materials so that this curriculum can be used in most service settings.
     

  • Practice the components of AIM while you're reading.  Take the example exercises provided in text seriously; it's important for you to engage in mindful, adaptive responding as much as your clients or students!

Beginning Implementation

  • Determine the appropriate AIM arrangement for your services.  The text includes both a Complete Implementation Guide and and a Partial Implementation Guide, both of which have flexible means of presentation.
     

  • Remember that AIM is a dynamic, active system!  You may need to make adjustments or changes to the way you have set up the AIM program in your setting.  The key is to remain responsive to the needs of your clients or students.
     

  • Stay organized.  We provide tools and guides to help you organize your intervention delivery and data management.  Put them to use!
     

  • Keep yourself engaged in the process!  You need to 'show up' to each of your mindfulness and ACT lessons just as open and willing to participate as the child or children you are treating.

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