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Journals, Newsletters and Article Publications

This page is dedicated to providing a list of behavioral journals, newsletters and article publications; particularly behavior analytic articles that are published in non-ABA journals.  If you have a journal, newsletter or article to suggest, please feel free to send me an email - Behaviorbabe 

Behavioral Journals

ABA Articles in Non-ABA Journals

Behavioral Treatment of Children with ASD in Dental Environments - Journal of American Dental Association


A Handful of Selected Articles

- Effects of Presession Pairing on Challenging Behavior and Academic Responding of Children with Autism  (2013) Presession pairing is an antecedent-based procedure in which an instructor engages with preferred items with a child for a few minutes before an instructional session. Although this procedure has been described in manualized treatment guidelines for working with children with autism, there are currently no direct investigations of whether this manipulation has a beneficial impact on target responding or the child's social interactions. Functional analyses with three children with autism showed escape or attention and escape as reinforcers for their challenging behavior. Preference assessments identified highly and moderately preferred stimuli. In the context of a multiple baseline across participants design, the participants exhibited fewer challenging behaviors when instructional sessions were preceded by presession pairing than when they were not. Academic responding showed modest increases.  

- Effects of Token Rewards on Intrinsic Motivation for Doing Math (1999) Motivating children to do math can be difficult, and contingent token rewards are sometimes used to help. The large literature asserting a decremental effect of rewards on "intrinsic" motivation is especially critical of token rewards used with children (e.g., Kohn, 1993). Overall, the results [of the present study] are inconsistent with warnings about use of token rewards to motivate children.

Effects of Video Modeling on Social Initiations by Children with Autism (2004) 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.

- Fred S. Keller School (1998) 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.

Functional Analysis and Treatment of Self-Injury Associated with Transitions (2001) The authors 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. 

Licensing of Behavior Analysts: Protecting the Public and the Profession (2008) 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. 

Right to Effective Education (1988) 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. 

Some Current Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis (1968) 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.

Some Still-Current Dimension of Applied Behavior Analysis (1987) 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.

Using Picture Exchange Communication System [PECS] with Children with Autism (2002) 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.