The Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis

Articles from Vol. 4, No. S1, January 5

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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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