The News That Matters

May 2016 Newsletter.


The end of the school year is coming up quickly.

Do you have your ABA summer schedule set?

Please be sure to work out your child's summer

hours with the office staff as soon as you can.

Just For Laughs

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Rebeka will be in Omaha from May 31st-June2nd. June 1st will be the first Behavior Matters Summer Field Trip of the season! Behavior Matters families will be spending the day at the Henry Doorly Zoo.

More info to come on other Summer Field Trips.


We have our dates set for Summer Field Trips!

June 24

July 22

August 12

We will have information soon on the location of each trip, but please keep your calendars open for these days over the summer.


JULY 9 is the Bear Paw Festival Parade

Behavior Matters will have a float in the parade, and we would love to see you there. Be sure to come out to support us and enjoy a great festival in Eagle River!

Events This Month:

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May 5th Alaska - Alaska, speak up on disability issues! Community Forum hosted by the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education on May 5th from 4:30PM-5:30PM. This forum will be held at 3601 C Street, Anchorage, Rooms 890, 896. The primary focus of this forum will be the 5 Year State Plan.

To participate by phone call 1-866-356-1755 and enter code 325 848 2953#.

May 14th Alaska - 8th Annual AK Walk Run for Autism in Fairbanks

May 14th Nebraska - Transition Workshop from 10:00AM-4:00PM at Bryan East Medical Plaza

May 14th Nebraska - Teen Hangout 7:00PM-9:00PM at ACN Gym (9012 Q Street) for ages 12-22. There will be video games, board games, legos, crafts, food, and fun! Visit for more information.


Invitation to join SPARK

You’ve been invited by OHSU and the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education to register with SPARK, a large, online research partnership that seeks to improve the lives of people with autism through research. You can register online at OHSU is one of a network of clinical sites—autism centers and research institutions—that SPARK has partnered with across the country.

The goal of SPARK is to accelerate autism research in order to gain a better understanding of causes and treatments for autism. By building a community of tens of thousands of individuals with autism and their biological family members who provide behavioral and genetic data, SPARK will be the largest autism research study to date.


By joining SPARK, you will be making invaluable contributions to advancing the understanding of autism.

To register for SPARK go to

Registration takes about 20-30 minutes, and we’d love to have you on board. As part of your participation in SPARK, we ask that you register and complete a few questionnaires online, and provide a saliva sample using a saliva collection kit that will be shipped directly to your home. Find out more about what’s involved on our SPARK FAQ page.

Together, we can improve lives by helping to accelerate research. SPARK sincerely appreciates your time, effort and participation in this landmark research initiative, and we look forward to learning more together!


Phone: (503) 974-6478



We know how mysterious acronyms and abbreviations can be to families that are new to ABA (applied behavior analysis), so we are going to try to help you all decode our behavior lingo every month.

This month's definition is from Behaviorspeak: a Glossary of Terms in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Punishment: The contingency between a specific behavior and its consequence that will lead to a decrease in the future probability of the target behavior.


Behavior Matters

Behavior Matters is a pediatric clinic located in Eagle River serving the Anchorage, Mat-Su valley and Juneau. We have a fantastic staff of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA), Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCABA), Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT) and Behavior Technicians. All of Behavior Matters employees have experience and/or extensive education and training in the science of Applied Behavior Analysis. Many of our technicians are in school to become Board Certified. Each member of the Behavior Matters Team has been handpicked for their expertise, compassion and eagerness to serve families of children with developmental delays.