Go to Top

Recent News

Article Review: The Effects of Magnitude and Quality of Reinforcement on Choice Responding During Play Activities (Hoch, McComas, Johnson, Faranda, & Guenther, 2002)

Research has demonstrated that children with autism in an inclusion classroom interact with adults at similar rates as their typically developing peers. However, children with autism rarely respond to peer initiations or initiate social interaction with their peers. Furthermore, some children with autism appear to actively avoid interactions with their peers, whereas others appear to be unaware of their peers altogether. Research has begun to examine the lack of peer …Read More

Article Review: Using Analog Assessment Procedures for Determining the Effects of a Gluten-free and Casein-free Diet on Rate of Problem Behaviors for an Adolescent with Autism (Irvin, 2006)

Reviewed by Kathleen Moran Most readers of this newsletter are aware that autism is a growing diagnosis, affecting 1 in every 94 children in New Jersey. Despite the fact that applied behavior analysis has a proven track record for effectively developing skills and reducing problem behaviors in individuals with autism, many parents and practitioners continue to implement other treatments that are not empirically supported. A number of these non-supported interventions …Read More

Behavior Analysis Training at Rutgers University

Rutgers University offers a sequence of courses that fulfills the educational requirements for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential. In fact, Rutgers was among the first universities to offer such a course sequence, and to have their course sequence approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Rutgers has always been supportive of the efforts at credentialing, and we were eager to support the BACB as it developed and …Read More

An Interview with Dr. Murray Sidman

A complete behavior analyst, Dr. Murray Sidman has been in the forefront of the field since its inception. He has been a fundamental mover and shaper of its direction through his conceptual writings and extensive programs of research in such fundamental and broad-sweeping areas as scientific methods, avoidance behavior, stimulus control and errorless learning, the social impact of coercion in society, and so much more. For these and his numerous …Read More

An Interview with Dr. Brian Iwata

Brian Iwata is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Florida, where he directs research programs on disorders of learning and behavior. He has published over 200 articles and chapters and has received over $6 million in research grants to support that work. Brian is the former editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and past president of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Division 33 of the …Read More

A Review of Roane, Falcomata, & Fisher’s (2007) Applying the Behavioral Economics Principle of Unit Price to DRO Schedule Thinning

Reviewed by Eric Rozenblat In the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, there are numerous scientifically validated intervention procedures that can be helpful in decreasing problem behavior. One such procedure, differential reinforcement of other behavior (DRO) involves the presentation of a reinforcer contingent on the absence or omission of the targeted response during a given period of time. Although DRO procedures have been well documented, there are potential limitations to using …Read More

An Interview with Dr. Henry (Hank) Pennypacker

Dr. Henry S. (Hank) Pennypacker, Professor Emeritus in Psychology at the University of Florida, received his Ph.D. under Gregory Kimble from Duke University in 1962. Professor Kimble introduced him to Ogden Lindsley in 1961 and a lifelong friendship developed which led Hank into the field of Behavior Analysis. Focusing on education, Hank developed with Jim Johnston a behavioral technology of college teaching which influenced the careers of many leaders in …Read More

Article Review: Talking Points: A Review of Sarokoff, Taylor, & Poulson’s (2001) Teaching Children with Autism to Engage in Conversational Exchanges: Script Fading with Embedded Textual Stimuli

Reviewed by Catherine Taylor Pioneering the research of script-fading in 1993, Krantz and McClannahan found that scripts provide a setting-specific cue to guide children’s verbalization during social interactions. Although results of that study indicated that the use of scripts increased both scripted and unscripted social initiations, the scripts were only able to be minimally faded to written prompts and peer initiations did not generalize in the absence of the scripts. …Read More

Watch and Learn! A Review of Nikopoulos & Keenan’s (2004) Effects of Video Modeling on Social Initiations by Children with Autism

Reviewed by Hannah Kaplan-Reimer Research has demonstrated that children with autism engage in social interactions with peers for a limited amount of time, make and respond to fewer initiations, and play alone more often than typically developing peers do (Koegel, Koegel, Frea & Freedon, 2001). A limited repertoire of social behaviors can interfere with academic progress and friendship development. Fortunately, implementing effective strategies that improve social competence can lead to …Read More

Article Review Comparing ABA To An Eclectic Approach: A Review of Intensive Behavioral Treatment at School for 4- to 7-Year- Old Children with Autism (Eikeseth, Smith, Jahr, & Eldevik, 2002)

Reviewed by Claire L. Hess In the years since Lovaas’ seminal 1987 study, a number of researchers have conducted studies to assess the effectiveness of comprehensive ABA programs for children with autism. Owing primarily to a criticism of the design of Lovaas’ (1987) study, which did not attempt to compare other interventions to ABA for children with autism, Eikeseth, Smith, Jahr, and Eldevik (2002) sought to compare the efficacy of …Read More