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Accuracy Does Not Equal Mastery: A Review of Behavioral Fluency: Evolution of a New Paradigm (Binder, 1996)

Reviewed by Cindy Borell, MA Although Precision Teaching and the concept of “behavioral fluency” have been around for over 30 years, only a small community of behavior analysts has studied a wide range of populations and performance domains in these areas. In the article Behavioral Fluency: Evolution of a New Paradigm, Carl Binder discusses behavioral fluency from an historical and conceptual perspective to connect past and current research with future …Read More

Article Review: Does Autism Intervention Just Need to Be Intensive to Be Effective? A Review of A Comparison of Intensive Behavior Analytic and Eclectic Treatments for Young Children with Autism (Howard, Sparkman, Cohen, Green, & Stanislaw, 2005)

Reviewed by Tamara A. Bannon, M.S.W., BCBA Early intervention is consistently identified as an effective tool for positively impacting a child’s development. Prior research indicates that the effects of early intervention on children at risk for developmental delays and mental retardation were evident in preschool age children, with some gains maintained into adolescence and adulthood. Data from early intervention research indicate that the most successful treatments are intensive, long in …Read More

Van Houten et al.’s The Right to Effective Behavioral Treatment (1988)

Reviewed by Tamara A. Bannon, M.S.W., BCBA Over the past several decades, a substantial amount of attention has been devoted within the field of Behavior Analysis to protecting the rights of individuals who receive behavioral interventions. One of the most poignant articles published on this topic is The Right to Effective Behavioral Treatment by Van Houten and colleagues (1988). In this article, the authors address a client’s right to quality …Read More

Some Current Reflections on Baer, Wolf, and Risley (1968)

Reviewed by Sharon A. Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA In the last few years, the field of Behavior Analysis was unfortunate to lose two of its pioneers, Donald M. Baer and Montrose Wolf. With colleague Todd Risley, they helped define and shape the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) as we know it today. Their article, “Some Current Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis,” published in the very first issue of the Journal …Read More