Academic journal article The Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis

Welcome Readers of SLP-ABA!

Academic journal article The Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis

Welcome Readers of SLP-ABA!

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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 (ABA) and speech-language pathology (SLP) to exchange information of mutual interest.

This first issue includes six papers that reflect a diversity of interests shared by professionals in each field; and the papers are written by representatives of each field. First, Koenig and Gerenser summarize the history of SLP-ABA collaboration, advantages of collaboration, and suggestions for strengthening collaboration in the service of individuals with communication impairments. The second paper, by Whalen, et al., describes two studies that assessed the ability of TeachTown (a computer assisted instruction program) to improve the communication skills of eight children (four with autism and four with other developmental disabilities). Next, a paper by Cautilli analyses what's new and what's traditional about the verbal behavior package for treating children with autism. Further, Jackson et al present a review and synthesis of recent literature on conditional discrimination processes and relational responding in humans. They discuss a possible hierarchy of discriminations based on the ABLA (Assessment of Basic Learning Abilities) literature, and they summarize the implications of this research for language acquisition by persons with autism and related disabilities. …

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