The Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis

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Vol. 5, No. 3-4, August 1

The Effect of Error Correction and Goal Setting with Reinforcement on the Acquisition of Tacts of Form and Function of Unknown Nouns for Individuals with Autism
Individuals with autism require systematic instruction to address the communication deficits inherent in the nature of their disability (National Research Council, 2001). Communication deficits for individuals with autism include delays in both the...
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Characteristics of Naturalistic Language Intervention Strategies
Intervention methods in general, and those used to promote early communication and language development in particular, can be categorized as either formal or informal teaching strategies. Formal strategies, or explicit instruction, include methods...
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The Effect of Speaker's Gender and Number of Syllables on the Perception of Words by Young Children: A Developmental Study
Speech is a complex acoustic signal that contains both linguistic and paralinguistic information. Linguistic information includes segmental and suprasegmental as well as lexical, grammatical, and semantic features. Paralinguistic information contains...
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Auditory, Visual, and Auditory-Visual Identification of Emotions by Nursery School Children
Perception of nonverbal information is essential for communication and social interaction because the full meaning of any communicative message is conveyed not only by its verbal content but also by nonverbal cues. The nonverbal part of the message...
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Experimental Comparison of Brief Behavioral and Developmental Language Training for a Young Child with Autism
Children with autism often demonstrate a deficit in speech and language repertoires (Paul, 2008). Some children may never acquire functional speech defined as using at least five words to consistently solicit preferred items, activities, and attention...
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Modified Stimulus Presentation to Teach Simple Discrimination within Picture Exchange Communication System Training
One of the most noted deficits for individuals with developmental disabilities is the failure to acquire expressive language skills. As such, both speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and behavior analysts are concerned with teaching functional communication...
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Treatment of Chronic Aphasia with Errorless Learning Procedures: A Direct Replication
Single-subject experimental designs are often used to measure the effects of aphasia treatment. However, direct and systematic replications (Barlow & Hersen, 1984; Sidman, 1960) of original studies (e.g., Bardin Ayers, Potter & McDearmon, 1975)...
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Caregiver Training in an AAC Intervention for Severe Aphasia
Initial interventions for individuals with severe aphasia usually focus on increasing comprehension and verbal expression with the eventual goal of restoring functional communication. However, many individuals with severe aphasia do not achieve sufficient...
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Promoting Speech in Selective Mutism: Experimental Analysis, Differential Reinforcement, and Stimulus Fading
Selective mutism (SM) is characterized as a consistent fail-sure to speak in specific social situations in which the use of speech is expected (Krysanski, 2003). This failure to speak is only characterized as SM when speech is used to communicate in...
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Vol. 5, No. 2, May 13

Guest Editors' Comments
We are pleased to offer this special issue of the Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis on bridging the gap between the conceptual foundations of speech and language and the treatment procedures used in speech-language...
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Language and Grammar: A Behavioral Analysis
Introduction Speech-language pathologists' (SLPs') academic study of language is heavily influenced by linguistic and cognitive viewpoints. A majority of textbooks and writings familiar to SLPs explore in greater detail the linguistic and structural...
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Verbal Behavior by B.F. Skinner: Contributions to Analyzing Early Language Learning
Introduction Two pieces of literature appeared quietly and without fanfare in 1957. Each book unalterably affected how we have come to view language, human behavior, and language learning. In 1957, Noam Chomsky published Syntactic Structures (1957),...
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The Bases for Language Repertoires: Functional Stimulus-Response Relations
Introduction Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and applied behavior analysts (ABAs) have much in common. They generally prefer evidence-based methodologies to inference-based methodologies. The evidence-based methodology of behavior analysis provides...
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Behavioral vs. Cognitive Views of Speech Perception and Production
Introduction The study of speech perception and production has been dominated largely by cognitively oriented researchers and theorists. However, cognitive theories do not translate well into actually teaching speech and language. Because of its...
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Speech and Language Assessment: A Verbal Behavior Analysis
Introduction As practitioners concerned with treating speech-language disorders, one of our primary goals is to accurately and efficiently determine which communication skills should be targeted for intervention. How do we know when something needs...
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Effects of a Speaker Immersion Procedure on the Production of Verbal Operants
Introduction Children with native intellectual disabilities and children from impoverished backgrounds frequently lack or do not develop functional verbal repertoires naturally (Hart and Risley, 1995). Even when children with delays in language...
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Vol. 5, No. 1, January 12

Generic Instruction versus Intensive Tact Instruction and the Emission of Spontaneous Speech
Introduction The expansion of the tact repertoire appears to be critical to the acquisition of subsequent and more complex verbal developmental stages. It is likely that direct instruction in tacts must continue until children have acquired the...
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Effects of Multiple Exemplar Instruction on Transformation of Stimulus Function across Written and Vocal Spelling Responses by Students with Autism
Introduction According to Skinner (1957), speaking and writing are different kinds of verbal operants that initially must be "separately conditioned" (p. 191). Skinner (1957) proposed that words that occur in written form are functionally independent...
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Use of AAC by a Preshooler with a History of In-Utero Stroke
Introduction Fetal stroke may follow an ischemic (thromboembolic) or hemorrhagic event which occurs between 14 weeks of gestation and the onset of labor resulting in delivery (Ozduman, et al., 2004). In ischemic strokes, cerebral blood flow falls...
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Implications of Skinner's Verbal Behavior for Studying Dementia
Overview of Dementia "Dementia" is a generic term that describes the progressive decline in a number of cognitive abilities such as attention, memory, language, perception, and reasoning that interferes with daily functioning (APA, 2000). Dementia...
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Using Skinner's Model of Verbal Behavior Analysis to Study Aggression in Psychiatric Hospitals
Introduction Skinner's (1957) conceptualization of verbal behavior has its roots in a series of lectures first presented at the University of Minnesota in the late 1930s, and subsequently at Harvard University, and the University of Chicago. In...
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Evaluation of Two Communicative Response Modalities for a Child with Autism and Self-Injury
Introduction Severe problem behavior among children with pervasive developmental disorders including autism is relatively prevalent (Horner, Carr, Strain, Todd & Reed, 2002) and costly both to the individual and society (Schroeder, Rojahn, &...
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Using DRO, Behavioral Momentum, and Self-Regulation to Reduce Scripting by an Adolescent with Autism
Review of the Literature Self -Stimulatory Behavior Considerable impairments in both social and communicative behavior affect most individuals with autism (Rutter & Schopler, 1978). For example, research indicates that during vocal exchanges...
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Vol. 4, No. S1, January 5

Editor's Statement
Dear Readers of JSLP-ABA: We present this Special Compiled Volume 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, and 4-4 as a collection of "Best of JSLP-ABA" between 2006 and 2008. It was difficult to select "the best" because every article published in JSLP-ABA meets the high...
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A Common Language: Using B.F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior for Assessment and Treatment of Communication Disabilities in SLP-ABA
Introduction During the last decade there has been a growing trend for direct collaboration between the fields of speech-language pathology (SLP) and applied behavior analysis (ABA). A common overlap between the focus of the two fields is in the...
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The Evolution of Verbal Behavior in Children
Introduction Complex language is one of the unique repertoires of the human species. Others include teaching and certain "types of imitation" (Premack, 2004), although these too may be pre-or co-requisites for certain functional uses of language....
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Training in Phonological Awareness Generalizes to Phonological Working Memory: A Preliminary Investigation Preliminary Investigation
Introduction Scholars and practitioners alike are by now well aware that children with language impairments are at increased risk for difficulties in learning to read (e.g., Aram, Ekelman, & Nation, 1984; Aram & Nation, 1980; Bishop &...
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The Experiences of "Autism Mothers" Who Become Behavior Analysts: A Qualitative Study
Introduction Over the past 15 years there has been a dramatic increase in the diagnosis of autism. At the same time, the number of professionals qualified to coordinate intensive behavioral intervention programs has been limited and often prohibitively...
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Parent Implemented Joint Attention Intervention for Preschoolers with Autism
Introduction The absence of joint attention is one of the earliest symptoms of autism, reflecting the hallmark social disturbance that characterizes the disorder (Mundy & Crowson, 1997). Joint attention, first seen in infants between 9 and 12...
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Promoting Generalization and Maintenance of Skills Learned Via Natural Language Teaching
Introduction Delays in language acquisition can have serious deleterious effects on the educational and social development of children (Goldstein & Kaczmarek, 1992; Ramey & Campbell, 1992; Warren & Kaiser, 1986). Such delays are considered...
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The Contribution of Relational Frame Theory to the Development of Interventions for Impairments of Language and Cognition
Introduction: Behavior Analysis, Language and Stimulus Equivalence According to behaviour analysis, human language is verbal behaviour, emerging from the social contingencies operating in the verbal community. This perspective on cognitive functioning...
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Meaning in Behavioral Analysis
Introduction Understood variably, meaning is one of the most exalted concepts in human thought, writing, and discourse. Human life itself is discussed in terms of its meaning. Philosophy--one of the highest forms of intellectual enquiry--is defined...
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Teaching Social Behavior to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Using Social stories[TM]: Implications for School-Based Practice
Introduction Autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which include autism, Asperger's Syndrome (AS), and pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), are a group of disorders characterized by a host of difficulties with social interactions,...
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There Is No Vowel at the End of D O G: Considerations for Teaching Speech Production
Introduction Deficits in speech and language development are one of the main features of autism (APA, 2004; Tager-Flusberg, Paul, & Lord, 2005). It has been estimated that 20 to 30 % of individuals with autism may not develop functional speech...
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Clinical Application of Speech Intelligibility Research: The River Street Autism Program at Coltsville
Introduction Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have severe deficits in communication. Because of this problem, behavioral researchers have sought to develop procedures to improve speech production in children with autism (cf. Koegel...
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Vol. 3, No. 2-3, Summer-Fall

Clinical Application of Speech Intelligibility Research: The River Street Autism Program at Coltsville
Introduction Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have severe deficits in communication. Because of this problem, behavioral researchers have sought to develop procedures to improve speech production in children with autism (cf. Koegel...
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There Is No Vowel at the End of D O G: Considerations for Teaching Speech Production
Introduction Deficits in speech and language development are one of the main features of autism (APA, 2004; Tager-Flusberg, Paul, & Lord, 2005). It has been estimated that 20 to 30 % of individuals with autism may not develop functional speech...
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Functional Communication Training: The Role of Speech Pathologists and Behavior Analysts in Serving Students with Autism
Introduction Autism is a neurological disorder characterized by significant impairments in language/communication, deficits in social interaction and restricted interests/ stereotypical behavior (American Psychiatric Association, 1994). Perhaps...
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The Effects of Intensive Tact Instruction on Three Verbal Operants in Non-Instructional Settings for Two Children with Autism
Introduction It is estimated that only one half of children with autism and related disorders will acquire any speech as a mode of communication (Lord & Paul, 1997). Thus, a frequent need among children with autism is assistance in acquiring...
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Comparison of Error Correction Procedures Involving a Speech-Generating Device to Teach a Child with Autism New Tacts
Introduction Fortunately, advances in behavior analytic intervention and treatment for children with autism and related disabilities have produced significant positive shifts in developmental trajectories and brighter futures for many children who...
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Effects of Conditioning Reinforcement for Print Stimuli on Match-to-Sample Responding in Preschoolers
Introduction One of the major challenges in the fields of education, psychology, and speech therapy is to develop science based research procedures to teach children with language disabilities how to acquire repertoires for learning more complex...
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Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Language Facilitation: The Role of Parent-Training on Language Development
Introduction High rates of comorbidity exist between language impairment and behavioral problems in children. Roughly half of language-impaired children are diagnosed with one or more co-occurring behavioral disorders. Interestingly, an estimated...
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Can Contingently Imitating Vocal Response Increase the Frequency of Vocal Responses?
Introduction An operant is defined as a behavior that operates on the environment and in turn gets feedback from the environment (Cooper et. al., 1997). Baum (1970) argued that operant behavior is any behavior that moves an organism from a lower...
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Vol. 2, No. 4, Winter

Meaning in Behavioral Analysis
Introduction Understood variably, meaning is one of the most exalted concepts in human thought, writing, and discourse. Human life itself is discussed in terms of its meaning. Philosophy--one of the highest forms of intellectual enquiry--is defined...
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Evaluation of Mand-Reinforcer Relations Following Long-Term Functional Communication Training
Introduction Functional communication training (FCT) is a treatment for destructive (e.g., self-injurious, aggressive) and other problem behavior and is composed of two steps: (a) identifying the function (maintaining reinforcer) of destructive...
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Teaching Social Behavior to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Using Social Stories[TM]: Implications for School-Based Practice
Introduction Autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which include autism, Asperger's Syndrome (AS), and pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), are a group of disorders characterized by a host of difficulties with social interactions,...
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A Review of the Behavioral Theories of Autism and Evidence for an Environmental Etiology
Introduction Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) represent the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Currently considered a low-incidence disability, autism is the fastest growing developmental...
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Using Relational Frame Theory to Build Grammar in Children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions
Introduction Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) comprise a complex and diffuse set of behaviors which are essential for diagnosis, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical manual (DSM IV). Before the age of three years, the child will show delayed,...
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Teaching Sign Language to a Nonvocal Child with Autism
Introduction Skinner first coined the terms mand, tact, and intraverbal in his 1957 book, Verbal Behavior. In this book, he defined a mand as "a verbal operant in which the response is reinforced by a characteristic consequence and is therefore...
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Auditory and Visual Aspects of Emotion Production by Children and Adults
Introduction The meaning of a communication is transmitted not only by what is said but also by how it is said and by the speaker's mood and attitude toward what is said. The speaker's tone of voice and facial expressions often provide a listener...
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Experimental Models for the Evaluation of Speech and Public Speaking Anxiety: A Critical Review of the Designs Adopted
Introduction Communication apprehension is defined as "an individual's level of fear or anxiety associated with either real or antecipated communication with another person or persons" (McCroskey, 1984). McCroskey & Richmond (1987) identify...
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The Contribution of Relational Frame Theory to the Development of Interventions for Impairments of Language and Cognition
Introduction: Behavior Analysis, Language and Stimulus Equivalence According to behaviour analysis, human language is verbal behaviour, emerging from the social contingencies operating in the verbal community. This perspective on cognitive functioning...
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Greer &. Ross (2007): Verbal Behavior Analysis: Inducing and Expanding New Verbal Capabilities in Children with Language Delays
Greer &. Ross (2007): Verbal Behavior Analysis: Inducing and Expanding New Verbal Capabilities in Children with Language Delays Language impairments affect 7% of preschool children (Ziegler, 2005). Some of these children will "catch up" to their...
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Vol. 2, No. 3, Fall

Parent Implemented Joint Attention Intervention for Preschoolers with Autism
Introduction The absence of joint attention is one of the earliest symptoms of autism, reflecting the hallmark social disturbance that characterizes the disorder (Mundy & Crowson, 1997). Joint attention, first seen in infants between 9 and 12...
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Teaching Imitation to Children with Autism: A Focus on Social Reciprocity
Introduction Children with autism exhibit significant impairment in imitation skills (for a review, see Rogers & Williams, 2006; Smith & Bryson, 1994; Williams, Whiten, & Singh, 2004). However, the scope of this deficit is highly debated....
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A Comprehensive Analysis of Mand Training
Introduction In 1957, Skinner expanded the contention that individuals act on the environment and included the notion that individuals act in two distinct ways: namely on the environment and upon others. It is the action of individuals on others...
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The Experiences of "Autism Mothers" Who Become Behavior Analysts: A Qualitative Study
Introduction Over the past 15 years there has been a dramatic increase in the diagnosis of autism. At the same time, the number of professionals qualified to coordinate intensive behavioral intervention programs has been limited and often prohibitively...
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Mother-Child Storybook-Telling to Kindergartners with Hearing Impairment Enrolled in Two Educational Systems, in Comparison with Kindergartners with Normal Hearing
Introduction This study investigated the mediation nature of mother-child interaction during storybook-telling to kindergartners with hearing impairment.. It explored the differences between mothers' mediation profiles as expressed with children...
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Backward Chaining Used to Teach a Woman with Aphasia to Read Compound Words: A Single Case Study
Introduction Broca's aphasia is an adult language disorder that is often acquired following a cerebral vascular accident (stroke) affecting the inferior gyrus of the left frontal lobe known as Broca's area (Doesborgh et al., 2004). The condition...
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Vol. 2, No. 2, Summer

EMG Biofeedback Treatment of Dysphonias and Related Voice Disorders
Abstract This article reviews the development of EMG biofeedback as a tool for operant learning, including the development of surface EMG biofeedback and support for the use of such biofeedback for treating dysphonias and related voice disorders....
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Preschool Intervention Scripts: Lessons from 20 Years of Research and Practice
Abstract This paper reviews applications, methods, research, and practice procedures for supporting intervention implementation through scripts. The recent emphasis in education on evidence-based practice and data-based programming suggests that...
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Changes in Solitary Play Following Acquisition of Cooperative Play by Children with Autism
Abstract The purpose of this study was to identify potential collateral changes in solitary play following the acquisition of cooperative play in three children with autism. An approach combining observation, verbal description and imitation of...
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Response Variability and Turn Taking in Cooperative Play
Abstract This study investigated whether response variability and turn taking were controlled by the play partner's responding. Variability and turn taking was assessed in two conditions following an ABA experimental design. Participants were three...
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Use of Video Modeling to Increase Generalization of Social Play by Children with Autism
Abstract The use of video modeling to increase generalization of social play skills in children with autism is discussed. The possible reasons that have made this procedure so favorable among researchers and practitioners are explored. Two studies...
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Using Electropalatographic Feedback to Treat the Speech of a Child with Severe-to-Profound Hearing Loss
Abstract The speech production of a 7-year-old child with severe-to-profound hearing loss and severe speech disorder was treated using visual feedback via electropalatography (EPG). The child's productions of /k/ and /t/ were treated in consonant-vowel...
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Response to Schoneberger (2006): "EIBT Research after Lovaas (1987): A Tale of Two Studies"
As a parent of a child with autism and as an attorney who practices special education law, I was appalled to read the recent article in your journal written by Ted Schoneberger entitled "EIBT Research After Lovaas (1987): A Tale of Two Studies." It...
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Editorial Note
JSLP-ABA seeks to further the science of speech-language pathology (SLP) and applied behavior analysis (ABA). All articles published in JSPL-ABA are selected through a blind, peer-review process. Neither the reviewers nor the senior editorial staff...
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Autism Research Controversy: A Response to Howard et Al.'s (2005) Defenders
Two years ago Jane Howard and colleagues published their quasi-experimental study "A comparison of intensive behavior analytic and eclectic treatments for young children with autism" (Howard, Sparkman, Cohen, Green, & Stanislaw, 2005). A year later...
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Vol. 1, No. 4, Winter

A Preliminary Assessment of Teachers' Implementation of Pivotal Response Training
Abstract Many school districts and early intervention programs are struggling to provide appropriate, evidence-based services for children with autism. Pivotal Response Training (PRT) is a naturalistic behavior form of therapy shown to be effective...
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Stimulus Equivalence as a Function of Training Protocol in a Connectionist Network
Abstract Previous research on stimulus equivalence has demonstrated an advantage for one-to-many training protocols over linear procedures when training subjects using a matching-to-sample (MTS) task. In the current study, the relative merits of...
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The Use of Functional Communication Training to Reduce Pica
Abstract Pica is an eating disorder characterized by the ingestion of inappropriate items. The items may range from relatively harmless materials (e.g., food from the floor, grass) to other substances (e.g., glass) with risk for serious health problems...
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The Effects of Enthusiasm on Skill Acquisition by Children with Autism
Abstract This paper describes three studies addressing the effects of enthusiasm (E) versus non-enthusiasm (NE) on the acquisition of skills taught to young children with autism.. Study 1 compared the effects of E vs. NE for teaching similar skills...
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The Co-Occurrence of Autism and Williams Syndrome: A Case Study Report
Abstract This paper describes a longitudinal case study detailing the communication profile of one child with both Williams syndrome (WS) and autism. The participant was administered two standardized assessments of language and general cognitive...
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Treatment of Velopharyngeal Closure for Speech: Discussion and Implications for Management
Abstract The velopharyngeal closure mechanism acts as a valve to separate the oral and nasal cavities during speech and swallowing. Velopharyngeal closure deficits are generally identified by the speech-language pathologist and corrected through...
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Bloomfield and Skinner: Speech-Community, Functions of Language, and Scientific Activity
Abstract The approaches of Bloomfield and Skinner on the topics of speech-community, functions of language, and language and scientific activity are characterized; a comparative analysis follows; and approximations between the two authors are pointed...
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Promoting Generalization and Maintenance of Skills Learned Via Natural Language Teaching
Abstract This paper addresses the ability of strategies associated with natural language teaching (NLT) to support the generalization of language skills by children with developmental disabilities. A discussion of critical issues (e.g., specific...
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Storymovies[TM] (Gray & Shelly, 2006): A Review
Carol Gray, creator of Social Stories (Gray, 1993) and Mark Shelley, father of a son with Asperger's Syndrome, collaborated to recreate Carol Gray's Social Stories in digital video format. Currently two versions are available, One is called Storymovies[TM]...
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Correction concerning Howard et Al. (2005)
We would like to take this opportunity to correct some misrepresentations of our study "A comparison of intensive behavior analytic and eclectic treatments for young children with autism" (Howard et al., 2005) that have appeared in this journal and...
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Contributions of Howard and Colleagues (2005) to Early Intensive Behavioral Treatment
Howard, Sparkman, Cohen, Green, and Stanislaw (2005) made two breakthroughs: They and others forged a community-wide collaboration to give families of newly diagnosed children with autism information about a variety of interventions, including early...
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Vol. 1, No. 3, Fall

Editorial
We are pleased to present Volume 1, No 3 of the Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis. Included in this issue are five excellent papers and one book review. Three of the papers and the book review have direct application...
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A Comparison of Two Approaches for Teaching VB Functions: Total Communication vs. Vocal-Alone
Abstract Total communication (TC) involves the use of manual signs with their corresponding spoken words simultaneously; and research indicates that TC facilitates vocal responding by children with autism. However, most of this previous research...
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Considering Response Efficiency in the Selection and Use of AAC Systems
Abstract Individuals with severe disabilities whose speech is either ineffective or inefficient for meeting their communicative needs have benefited from augmentative and alternative modes of communication (AAC). However, despite the evidence supporting...
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EIBT Research after Lovaas (1987): A Tale of Two Studies
Abstract Since the publication of Lovaas's (1987) seminal paper, serious questions have surfaced regarding design features that compromise the validity of treatment efficacy data resulting from studies of early intensive behavioral treatment (EIBT)...
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Maternal Speech to Children with Down Syndrome: An Update
Abstract Recent research on maternal speech to children with Down Syndrome (DS) generally corroborates studies conducted in the 1970s and 1980s. Specifically, the characteristics of language used by parents when speaking to children with mental...
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Training in Phonological Awareness Generalizes to Phonological Working Memory: A Preliminary Investigation
Abstract Early reading achievement relies on phonological awareness (PA) and phonological working memory (WM). Children with language impairment (LI) have problems with both. Three studies were conducted to determine whether treating PA would also...
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Vol. 1, No. 2, Summer

Editorial
Over the past several months, we have received many positive comments from readers of JSLP-ABA about the first issue, and we thank you for sharing this information with us. At this time, we are pleased to bring you the second issue. Consistent with...
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Regulated Breathing as a Treatment for Stuttering: A Review of the Empirical Evidence
Abstract Regulated Breathing (RB) is a behavioral treatment for stuttering designed to address airflow irregularities by teaching breathing patterns that are incompatible with stuttering. The current paper describes the RB procedure and reviews...
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A Common Language: Using B.F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior for Assessment and Treatment of Communication Disabilities in SLP-ABA
Abstract Professionals in the field of speech-language pathology (SLP) and applied behavior analysis (ABA) share a common goal in the treatment of communication disorders. The two fields, however, do not share a common language. Skinner's definition...
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The Evolution of Verbal Behavior in Children
Abstract Research guided by Skinner's verbal behavior in schools using scientific practices provided evidence of a developmental trajectory for "generative" verbal capabilities or behavioral developmental cusps. The broad verbal developmental fractures...
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Functional Analysis and Treatment of Selective Mutism in Children
Abstract Selective mutism refers to a persistent failure to speak in public situations, especially school, where speaking is expected. Researchers have linked selective mutism to social anxiety in many cases. Functional analysis of selective mutism...
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Clinical Perspectives on the Treatment of Selective Mutism
Abstract Selective mutism is a childhood disorder characterized by a failure to speak in some but not all of the contexts where speaking is normally expected. It is commonly associated with co-occurring anxiety, both on the part of the child and...
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Pragmatic Performance and Functional Communication in Adults with Aphasia
Abstract This study used linear regression to define the relationship between pragmatic performance and functional communication by 27 individuals with aphasia, including 14 with fluent aphasia and 13 with non-fluent aphasia. Pragmatic performance...
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Vol. 1, No. 1, Winter

Welcome Readers of SLP-ABA!
We welcome you to the first issue of the first volume of the Journal of Speech and Language Pathology-Applied Behavior Analysis (JSLP-ABA)! The mission of this journal is to provide a forum for professionals from the fields of applied behavior analysis...
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SLP--ABA: Collaborating to Support Individuals with Communication Impairments
Abstract This paper addresses collaboration between professionals in the fields of speech-language pathology and applied behavior analysis (SLP and ABA). Although the fields of SLP and ABA each address a wide range of different concerns, they share...
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Behavioral Improvements Associated with Computer-Assisted Instruction for Children with Developmental Disabilities
ABSTRACT TeachTown is a new computer-assisted instruction (CAI) program that utilizes best-practices ABA to teach a variety of skills to young children. Study 1 investigated the effect of the software on the acquisition of receptive language, cognitive,...
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Equivalence Relations, the Assessment of Basic Learning Abilities and Language: A Synthesis of Behavioral Research and Its Implications for Children with Autism
Abstract Assessment and intervention in Autism and related disorders has become a major application area for the field of Behavior Analysis. However, basic behavioral research and research in other applied areas have recently provided new insights...
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Rule-Governance, Correspondence Training, and Discrimination Learning: A Developmental Analysis of Covert Conduct Problems
Abstract A developmental model of covert conduct problems is described. Three social processes increase risk for early covert conduct problems. First, parents and other social agents fail to reinforce children's compliance to explicit commands and...
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Operant Conditioning and Programmed Instruction in Aphasia Rehabilitation
Abstract Behavior theory has fallen from favor as a foundation for aphasia rehabilitation. Once a robust basis for experimental and clinical examination of communication disorders in adults, behavior modification has been largely absent in the literature...
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An Orton-Based Operant Program for Auditory Language Learning Disorders
Abstract This paper describes an Orton/Gillingham-based remedial program focusing on the temporal aspects of auditory language learning disorders. The program utilizes a Skinnerian operant paradigm which generates S-R data under strict psychophysical...
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Validation of the Verbal Behavior Package: Old Wine New Bottle-A Reply to Carr & Firth (2005)
Abstract A recent commentary by Carr and Firth (2005) called for case studies and controlled longitudinal research to validate the verbal behavior (VB) approach to early intensive behavioral intervention for children with autism and related developmental...
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