Behavior Analysis for Lasting Change (Mayer, Sulzer-Azaroff & Wallace) Introduces the concepts and methods of applied behavior analysis based on solid theory and research. Provides strategies for developing and implementing solutions to problem situations. Emphasizes a systems approach as a means of initiating more effective and durable change (2012).
Applied Behavior Analysis (Cooper, Heron & Heward): "Applied Behavior Analysis" provides a complete description of the principles and procedures needed to systematically change socially significant behavior and to understand the reasons for that change. This comprehensive text, appropriate for courses in basic principles, applications, and behavioral research methods, helps students, educators, and practitioners appreciate and begin to acquire the conceptual and technical skills necessary to foster socially adaptive behavior in diverse individuals (2007).
Behavior Analysis for Effective Teaching: Modern teachers increasingly encounter students who enter their classroom with low motivation, learning problems, or disruptive behavior. The mission of this book is to provide teachers and other human service professionals specific tools they can use to teach more effectively without using the punitive methods that are too often part of educational practices. At the same time, the book explains the behavioral science on which behavioral practices are based.
Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism: A growing body of research shows that many young children with autism and pervasive developmental disorders can derive significant, lasting, and sometimes-dramatic benefits from early intervention based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. This manual, inspired by that research, provides a wealth of practical information for parents, professionals, and others concerned with helping such children. Authors include parents whose children have been the beneficiaries of a science-based approach to autism treatment, as well as many noted researchers and experienced clinicians.
Crafting Connections: Contemporary Applied Behavior Analysis for Enriching the Social Lives of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder: This is a major work that teaches authentic, appropriate social skills to students with autism as they navigate the social world. Crafting Connections not only provides concrete information on developing social skills but also instructs readers on how to assess competency, develop programs, and create social skills curricula. The book contains a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on Social Awareness, Social Communication, Social Interaction, Social Learning, and Social Relatedness. The authors present the methods and means to teach and individualize programs. Sub-skills, prerequisites, and methods of instruction are outlined for each area in a methodical, easy-to-read manner.
Focus on Behavior Analysis in Education: Primary text or supplement for graduate-level courses or seminars on applied behavior analysis, educational reform, and evidence-based curriculum and instruction. The nineteen chapters in this edited volume were developed from presentations given at The Ohio State University's Third Focus on Behavior Analysis in Education Conference. The contributing authors present literature reviews, conceptual analyses, and data from several original studies; they describe advancements in curricula, classroom and schoolwide interventions, and teacher training programs; and they offer personal perspectives on the current status and future directions of behavior analysis in education. This text is an ideal resource for three groups (1) educators seeking information and resources on measurably effective instructional tools; (2) students of behavior analysis wishing to learn about its applications, accomplishments, and future research needs in education; and (3) anyone--pre-service education major, in-service teacher, school administrator, parent, or consumer--who has heard about the "behavioral approach" and wonders what it is all about.
Good Night, Sweet Dreams, I Love You: An infant who wails deep into the night, a toddler who keeps popping out of bed, a young child who procrastinates long past his bedtime - this kind of behavior can give parents nightmares. Many kids seem programmed from birth with bedtime behavior that frustrates and frazzles parents who have difficulty ignoring a baby's cry or who feel guilty enforcing an early curfew for a child they haven't seen all day. Yet getting sufficient sleep is critical for children's health and happiness. Child psychologist Dr. Patrick Friman discusses why getting enough sleep is so important for children of all ages. He explains how children learn, and why teaching them good nighttime behaviors will help them handle other stressful situations in life. With humor and empathy, Dr. Friman outlines problems related to bedtime for children from infancy through middle and high school and gives parents advice and tips on how to handle them. In many cases, he provides parents with several options so they can choose the approach they feel most comfortable with. He stresses the importance of a pre-bedtime ritual for children and discusses the pros and cons of ignoring a child's crying, sharing the family bed, using medication, and other approaches to sleep problems. His suggestions can help end bedtime hassles and get parents and kids the good night's sleep they both need.
Science and Human Behavior: "This is an important book, exceptionally well written, and logically consistent with the basic premise of the unitary nature of science. Many students of society and culture would take violent issue with most of the things that Skinner has to say, but even those who disagree most will find this a stimulating book.” —Samuel M. Strong, The American Journal of Sociology
Toilet Training in Less than a Day: From two noted learning specialists, here is the amazing, scientifically proven Azrin-Foxx method that teaches toilet training quickly -- in less than four hours for the average child. After that rewarding learning period, he or she will willingly use the toilet without assistance or a reminder!
The Verbal Behavior Approach: The Verbal Behavior (VB) approach is a form of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), that is based on B.F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior, and works particularly well with children with minimal or no speech abilities. In this book Mary Lynch Barbera draws on her own experiences as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and also as a parent of a child with autism to explain VB and how to use it.
- Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers: This widely-adopted introductory text presents behavior analysis principles hand-in-hand with a wealth of examples showing their practical classroom applications. To give students a better understanding of how behavior analysis actually works, the sequence of chapters follows that of an actual behavior analysis project; and actual data recording sheets, charts, and tables are provided in the text. The fictional "Professor Grundy" helps keep material lively and relevant by responding to objections to behavior modification, using shaping techniques in his own classroom, and instructing students in writing behavioral objectives.
- Autism -- National Autism Committee (NAC) National Standards Project: Findings and Conclusions - Addressing the need for evidence-based practice guidelines for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), NAC endeavored to build consensus among experts from diverse fields of study and theoretical orientation. They collaboratively determine the strategies used to evaluate the literature on the treatment of ASD and present their findings. Follow link to download PDF.
- Behave'n Kids: Mini-Methods or Madness: Written by licensed therapists Janie and Roger Peterson, Mini-Methods or Madness, is a sensible collection of basic "how-to" techniques that help parents (or teachers) teach their children how to behave better while fostering positive bonds with them. This book is accessible to parents and others with or without a behavioral background thanks to its presentation and careful wording. Sold for less than $15.00 this book is one that should be on every parents nightstand.
- Behavior Ask: Parents and professionals undertaking Applied Behavior Analytic (ABA) teaching and behavior management programs for individuals diagnosed with autistic-spectrum disorders often face serious questions. Behaviorask is a collection of answers to over 100 of the most common ABA programming questions, discussed in rich detail. The authors are Board Certified Behavior Analysts with many years of experience providing ABA-based programs in schools, homes, and private clinics.
- Behavior Charts: This site links you directly to incentive charts which can be downloaded and customized.
- Behavior Speak: Behaviorspeak is a glossary of terms in common usage in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the autistic-spectrum disorders. Deliberately written in a humorous and easily understood style, this will be an invaluable resource for parents and direct care service providers. ABA is a technically precise discipline, where a misunderstanding of a term can lead to a misapplied technique. Behaviorspeak will give readers the tools necessary to understand articles in professional journals, presentations, and books.
- Effects of Video Modeling on Social Initiations by Children with Autism: ARTICLE ABSTRACT The authors of this article examined the effects of video modeling intervention on social initiation and play behaviors with 3 children with autism using a multiple-baseline across subjects design. Each child watched a videotape showing a typically developing peer, and the experimenter engaged in a simple social interactive play using one toy. For all children, social initiation and reciprocal play skills were enhanced, and these effects were maintained at 1- and 3- month follow-up periods PDF.
- Fred S. Keller School: *NEW* ARTICLE ABSTRACT The Fred S. Keller School is located in Yonkers, New York, and is one of several schools operating as a Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooloing (CABAS) program. CABAS schools are self-correcting and self-sustaining, and incorporate the science of teaching into every aspect of schooling. The Keller School functions as a cybernetic system of education in which the individualized instruction of each student influences the behavior of the entire education community. Student opportunities to learn are continuously measured, graphed, evaluated, and, as necessary, modified. Staff training occurs as a function of the programmatic needs of each student and the repertoire of the individual staff member. Supervisors are master teachers whose behavior is directly tied to the learning of the students and other staff. Parents are also taught principles of behavior as they relate to the education of their child, and parenting beahviors are changed based upon the needs and progress of the child. The behavior of the entire school (including efficacy and efficiency measures, the development of repertoires) is influenced by the performance of each individual within it. PDF
- Functional Analysis and Treatment of Self-Injury Associated with Transitions: Partial ARTICLE ABSTRACT We applied functional analysis methodology to the assessment and treatment of 2 individuals' self-injurious behavior (SIB), which was reported to be occasioned by transitions from one activity to another. A structural (task) analysis of activity transitions identified at least three separate components that might influence behavior either alone or in combination: (a) termination of a prechange activity, (b) initiation of a postchange activity, and (c) movement from one location to another. Results of preference and avoidance assessments were used to identify activities to which participants were exposed in varying arrangements during transitions in a functional analysis. PDF
- "Good Behavioral Reads": The posts listed on this site are the sole opinion of the site administrator. This link is provided as a means of connecting interested readers to a variety of books written by Behavior Analysts or which are written from a behavioral perspective. Happy Reading!
- Graduated Behavior Analysis: Applied Behavior Analysis has proven to be the most effective means of teaching children diagnosed with autistic-spectrum disorders. ABA is not, however, "one size fits all." Different teaching techniques within ABA must be chosen, based upon student need. In Graduated Applied Behavior Analysis, Dr. Bobby Newman and colleagues describe an approach that alters teaching methodologies based on the functioning level of the student. While there are many schools of thought within ABA, they are all part of the same basic science. Aspects of that science are outlined. Portions of an introductory manual and a study describing the effectiveness of an ABA preschool are included.
- Handbook of Applied Behavior Analysis: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) encompasses many disparate populations, settings, and interventions. If there is a problem, more than likely, ABA has addressed it. Interventions tend to be creative and, more often than not, effective. Within these pages are some of the field’s foremost practitioners discussing functional analysis, behavioral acquisition, school psychology, habits, pediatrics, delinquency, brain injury, autism, organizations, safety, consultation, sports, college teaching, and the future of ABA. Each chapter concludes with reading objectives helpful for deeper understanding and further discussion.
- How to think like a Behavior Analyst: This text is written for all professionals concerned with behavior, including undergraduate students in psychology and behavior analysis, parents, teachers, employers, and employees. The book can easily be used as a supplement to primary texts in introductory psychology courses, and the exercises that follow each question can be used to stimulate lively discussion in role-play and other active learning situations.
- Learning and Complex Behavior - This book describes "basic biobehavioral processes and explores their implications for complex human behavior. The basic processes include natural selection, selection by reinforcement, generalization, discrimination, conditioned reinforcement, schedules of reinforcement, and associated phenomena". This site lists supplemental material that is added from time to time to keep the book "current and to address additional topics" by J.W. Donahoe & Dave C. Palmer
- Licensing of Behavior Analysts: Protecting the Public and the Profession : ARTICLE ABSTRACT Applied behavior analysis is a hyrdrid tradition with roots in many mental health disciplines. Even with these diverse origins, the professional practice of behavior analysis remains distinct and identifiable. Given these factors the professional practice special interest group (SIG) for the Association for Behavior Analysis International has proposed a model-licensing act. The behavior analyst model-licensing act (BAMLA) seeks to restrict the title of "licensed behavior analyst" but not the practice of behavior analysis. This arguement has legal basis and precedent. Recently many papers have appeared supporting behavior analytic licensing; however, none to this point have addressed the issues of a licensing board's ability for rule creation and management and aid of impaired professionals, nor their ability to assist in fostering professional identity. This paper seeks to explore these views PDF.
- OARacle: A compilation of articles 2002-2007: The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is a non-profit organization formed in 2001 and led by relatives of children and adults with autism and Asperger Syndrome. OAR promotes research that helps families, educators, caregivers, and individuals with autism find much-needed answers to their immediate questions. Committed to excellence in its services to the autism community, OAR funds research that offers to make a difference in individuals lives; provides information that is timely, and presents opportunities for collaboration within the autism and research communities. OAR's mission is to apply research to the challenges of autism.
- Right to Effective Education *NEW* A good teacher and instructional system must satisfy three criteria. 1 - Must be effective in assisting students in learning more rapidly than they would on their own 2 - What students learn must benefit the individual and society as a whole and 3 - It must employ positive methods rather than rely on coercive means. PDF
- Some Current Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis (1968): ARTICLE INTRODUCTION The analysis of individual behavior is a problem in scientific demonstration, reasonably well understood comprehensively described and quite thoroughly practiced. That analysis has been pursued in many settings over many years. Despite variable precision, elegance, and power, it has resulted in general descriptive statements of mechanisms that can produce many of the forms that individual behavior may take PDF.
- Some Still-Current Dimension of Applied Behavior Analysis (1987): ARTICLE ABSTRACT Twenty years ago, an anthropological note described the current dimensions of applied behavior analysis as it was prescribed and practiced in 1968: It was, or ought to become, applied, behavioral, analytic, technological, conceptual, effective, and capable of appropriate generalized outcomes. A similar anthropological note today finds the same dimensions still prescriptive, and to an increasing extent, descriptive. Several new tactics have become evident, however, some in the realm of conceptual analysis, some in the sociological status of the discipline, and some in its understanding of the necessary systemic nature of any applied discipline that is to operate in the domain of important human behaviors PDF.
- Suggested Readings for Parents and Teachers: Autism and ABA by Catherine Maurice - "Behaviorally based programs are ideally structured around each individual child's needs. There is no generic model that is applicable to every child with autism. "Lovaas Therapy, " originally used by several commentators to describe the pioneering work of Dr. Lovaas and his colleagues at UCLA, should not be used to describe all behaviorally based programs. "Verbal behavior therapy," may be a term that is receiving much attention lately in Internet chat rooms, which is fine, as long as consumers understanding that teaching communicative language to children with autism is not a "new development" in ABA. Many clinicians and scholars can be helpful when a parent or teacher is seeking strategies to help cihldren learn communicative language. If a parent chooses ABA for a child, it is probably wise not to get caught up in "the autism wars," (bickering about whose treatment model is "the best"), but rather to learn as much as he or she can from a variety of sources within the ABA literature. A few of those resources are listed here" PDF
- Surgeon General Report: Autism and Other Mental Disorders in Children and Adolescents: "Autism, the most common of the pervasive developmental disorders is characterized by severely compromised ability to engage in, and by a lack of interest in, social interactions." This site contains background information about several disorders as well as information pertaining to effective treatment interventions.
- Using Picture Exchange Communication System [PECS] with Children with Autism: ARTICLE ABSTRACT The PECS is an augmentative communication system frequently used with children with autism. Despite its common clinical use, no well-controlled empirical investigations have been conducted to test the effectiveness of PECS. Using a multiple-baseline design, the present study examines the acquisition of PECS with 3 children with autism PDF.