Handbook of Applied Behavior Analysis

Edited by Wayne W. Fisher, Cathleen C. Piazza, and Henry S. Roane

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Describing the state of the science of applied behavior analysis (ABA), this comprehensive handbook provides detailed information about theory, research, and intervention. The contributors are leading ABA authorities who present best practices in behavioral assessment and demonstrate evidence-based strategies for supporting positive behaviors and reducing problem behaviors. Conceptual, empirical, and procedural building blocks of ABA are reviewed and specific applications described in education, autism treatment, safety skills for children, and other areas. The volume also addresses crucial professional and ethical issues, making it a complete reference and training tool for ABA practitioners and students.

“Fisher, Piazza, and Roane have assembled leading behavior analysts to provide a strong foundation in applied behavior analysis (ABA). Readers will gain both an understanding of the science and an appreciation for how ABA can benefit education, school psychology, autism treatment, behavioral medicine, and other disciplines. A major strength of the book is the high caliber of the contributing authors. This handbook will be a useful text for graduate courses, particularly those in the growing number of university programs focused on training individuals in advanced ABA.”

—Robert H. Horner, PhD, Alumni-Knight Endowed Professor of Special Education, University of Oregon


“This is an authoritative volume for practitioners, graduate students, and academicians. Authors include many top contributors to the field, who address basic principles; assessment and intervention; and specific applications in such areas as autism, education, addiction, and gerontology. The Handbook is well organized and chock full of valuable information. A great go-to resource.”

—Travis Thompson, PhD, Special Education Program, University of Minnesota


“The Handbook brings together the collective expertise of leading scientists and practitioners who cover the full range of topics relevant to applied behavior analysis. The breadth and depth of topics covered make this volume unique; I have no doubt that it will become a 'must-have' book for students, practitioners, and researchers alike.”

—Louis Hagopian, PhD, Program Director, Neurobehavioral Unit, Kennedy Krieger Institute; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

1. Applied Behavior Analysis: History, Philosophy, Principles, and Basic Methods, Wayne W. Fisher, Rebecca A. Groff, and Henry S. Roane sample

II. Basic Principles and Concepts

2. Respondent (Pavlovian) Conditioning, John W. Donahoe and Rocío Vegas

3. Basic Operant Contingencies: Main Effects and Side Effects, A. Charles Catania

4. Schedules of Reinforcement, F. Charles Mace, Jamie L. Pratt, Amanda N. Zangrillo, and Mark W. Steege

5. Stimulus Control and Generalization, Joseph E. Spradlin and Jennifer L. Simon

6. Designing Instructional Programming for Early Reading Skills, Kathryn J. Saunders

III. Measurement, Design, and Methodological Issues

7. Defining and Measuring Behavior, SungWoo Kahng, Einar T. Ingvarsson, Anna M. Quigg, Kimberly E. Seckinger, and Heather M. Teichman

8. Single-Case Experimental Designs, Henry S. Roane, Joel E. Ringdahl, Michael E. Kelley, and Ashley C. Glover

IV. Behavioral Assessment

9. Identifying and Enhancing the Effectiveness of Positive Reinforcement, Cathleen C. Piazza, Henry S. Roane, and Amanda Karsten

10. Functional and Structural Approaches to Behavioral Assessment of Problem Behavior, David P. Wacker, Wendy K. Berg, Jay W. Harding, and Linda J. Cooper-Brown

11. Indirect Behavioral Assessments: Interviews and Rating Scales, Michael E. Kelley, Robert H. LaRue, Henry S. Roane, and Dana M. Gadaire

12. Direct Observation, Rachel H. Thompson and John C. Borrero

13. Functional Analysis: History and Methods, Alison M. Betz and Wayne W. Fisher

V. Interventions for Increasing Desirable Behavior

14. Differential Reinforcement Procedures, Gregory P. Hanley and Jeffrey H. Tiger

15. Building Complex Repertoires from Discrete Behaviors by Establishing Stimulus Control, Behavioral Chains, and Strategic Behavior, George H. Noell, Nathan A. Call, and Scott P. Ardoin

16. Teaching Verbal Behavior, Matt Tincani, Andy Bondy, and Shannon Crozier

17. Staff Training and Management, Dennis H. Reid, Niamh P. O’Kane, and Kenneth M. Macurik

VI. Interventions for Decreasing Problem Behavior

18. Developing Antecedent Interventions for Problem Behavior, Richard G. Smith

19. Developing Function-Based Extinction Procedures for Problem Behavior, Timothy R. Vollmer and Elizabeth Athens

20. Developing Function-Based Reinforcement Procedures for Problem Behavior, Wayne W. Fisher and Kelly Bouxsein

21. Developing Function-Based Punishment Procedures for Problem Behavior, Dorothea C. Lerman and Lisa M. Toole

22. Token Economies, Kyle W. Boerke and David Reitman

VII. Subspecialties

23. Behavioral Approaches to Education, Brian K. Martens, Edward J. Daly III, John C. Begeny, and Amanda VanDerHeyden

24. Behavioral Treatment of Autism, Tiffany Kodak and Laura L. Grow

25. Teaching Safety Skills to Children, Raymond G. Miltenberger and Amy C. Gross

26. Behavioral Pediatrics: Integrating Applied Behavior Analysis with Pediatric Medicine, Patrick C. Friman and Cathleen C. Piazza

27. Behavior Analysis and Treatment of Drug Addiction, Kenneth Silverman, Barbara J. Kaminski, Stephen T. Higgins, and Joseph V. Brady

28. Behavioral Gerontology, Linda A. LeBlanc, Paige B. Raetz, and Leilani Feliciano

VIII. Professional Issues

29. Behavior Analysis and Ethics,William O’Donohue and Kyle E. Ferguson

30. Training and Professional Certification in Applied Behavior Analysis, Gerald L. Shook and James M. Johnston


About the Editors

Wayne W. Fisher, PhD, BCBA-D, is the H. B. Munroe Professor of Behavioral Research in the Munroe-Meyer Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Munroe-Meyer Institute. Dr. Fisher’s research interests include preference, choice, and the assessment and treatment of autism and severe behavior disorders. He is a recipient of the Bush Leadership Fellowship Award and the American Psychological Association (Division 25) award for distinguished contributions to applied behavioral research.

Cathleen C. Piazza, PhD, is a Professor at the Munroe-Meyer Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she is also Director of the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program. Dr. Piazza's research examines various aspects of feeding behavior in children with disabilities, with a focus on behavioral approaches to assessment and treatment.

Henry S. Roane, PhD, BCBA-D, is Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University and Director of the University’s Family Behavior Analysis Clinic. He is currently an Associate Editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice and serves on the boards of directors of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board and the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. Dr. Roane's research and clinical interests focus on the assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders, preference identification, and program development.

Contributors

Scott P. Ardoin, PhD, Department of Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology, College of Education, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Elizabeth Athens, PhD, ABA Learning Centre, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

John C. Begeny, PhD, Department of Psychology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

Wendy K. Berg, MA, Center for Disabilities and Development, Department of Psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Alison M. Betz, PhD, Department of Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida

Kyle W. Boerke, PsyD, Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Andy Bondy, PhD, Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc., Newark, Delaware

John C. Borrero, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland

Kelly Bouxsein, MS,Munroe–Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska

Joseph V. Brady, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

Nathan A. Call, PhD, Marcus Autism Center, Atlanta, Georgia

A. Charles Catania, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland

Linda J. Cooper-Brown, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Shannon Crozier, PhD, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders and Department of Special Education and Early Childhood, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada

Edward J. Daly III, PhD, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska

John W. Donahoe, PhD, Program in Neuroscience and Behavior, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

Leilani Feliciano, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Kyle E. Ferguson, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada

Wayne W. Fisher, PhD, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Munroe–Meyer Institute, and Department of Pediatrics, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska

Patrick C. Friman, PhD, ABPP, Clinical Services and Research, Boys Town, Boys Town, Nebraska, and Department of Pediatrics, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska

Dana M. Gadaire, MA, MSW, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Munroe–Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska

Ashley C. Glover, MS, Heartland for Children, Bartow, Florida

Rebecca A. Groff, MA, Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program, Munroe–Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska

Amy C. Gross, MS, Department of Behavioral Psychology, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, Maryland

Laura L. Grow, PhD, Department of Educational Leadership and Community Psychology, College of Education, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Gregory P. Hanley, PhD, Department of Psychology, Western New England College, Springfield, Massachusetts

Jay W. Harding, EdS, Center for Disabilities and Development, Department of Psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Stephen T. Higgins, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

Einar T. Ingvarsson, PhD, Department of Behavior Analysis, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

James M. Johnston, PhD, Department of Psychology, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

SungWoo Kahng, PhD, Department of Behavioral Psychology, Kennedy Krieger Institute, and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

Barbara J. Kaminski, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

Amanda Karsten, PhD, Department of Psychology, Western New England College, Springfield, Massachusetts

Michael E. Kelley, PhD, Munroe–Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska

Tiffany Kodak, PhD, Munroe–Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska

Robert H. LaRue, PhD, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center and Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Linda A. LeBlanc, PhD, Department of Psychology, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

Dorothea C. Lerman, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Houston–Clear Lake, Houston, Texas

F. Charles Mace, PhD, Mailman Segal Center for Human Development, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Kenneth M. Macurik, PhD, private practice, Memphis, Tennessee

Brian K. Martens, PhD, Department of Psychology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

Raymond G. Miltenberger, PhD, Department of Child and Family Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

George H. Noell, PhD, Department of Psychology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

William O'Donohue, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada

Niamh P. O'Kane, MA, Arlington Developmental Center, Arlington, Tennessee

Cathleen C. Piazza, PhD, Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program, Munroe–Meyer Institute, and Department of Pediatrics, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska

Jamie L. Pratt, PsyD, Department of Psychology, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine

Anna M. Quigg, PhD,Department of Pediatrics, Growth andNutritionDivision, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland

Paige B. Raetz, PhD, Trumpet Behavioral Health, Phoenix, Arizona

Dennis H. Reid, PhD, Carolina Behavior Analysis and Support Center, Morganton, North Carolina

David Reitman, PhD, Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Joel E. Ringdahl, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Henry S. Roane, PhD, Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York

Kathryn J. Saunders, PhD, Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Kimberly E. Seckinger, MA, Department of Psychology, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Gerald L. Shook, PhD, Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Auburn, California

Kenneth Silverman, PhD, Center for Learning and Health, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

Jennifer L. Simon, PhD, private practice, Lawrence, Kansas

Richard G. Smith, PhD, Department of Behavior Analysis, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

Joseph E. Spradlin, PhD, Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, Department of Applied Behavioral Science, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Mark W. Steege, PhD, Department of School Psychology, School of Education and Human Development, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine

Heather M. Teichman, MA, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland

Rachel H. Thompson, PhD, Department of Psychology, Western New England College, Springfield, Massachusetts

Jeffrey H. Tiger, PhD, Department of Psychology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Matt Tincani, PhD, Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis Programs, College of Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lisa M. Toole, MA, Department of Behavioral Psychology, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, Maryland

Amanda VanDerHeyden, PhD, private practice, Fairhope, Alabama

Rocío Vegas, PhD, Institute of Psychology, University of Central Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela

Timothy R. Vollmer, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

David P. Wacker, PhD, Center for Disabilities and Development, Department of Psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa



Amanda N. Zangrillo, MS, Department of Psychology, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine

Audience

Behavior analysts and trainees working with children and adults, including special educators, school and clinical psychologists, autism specialists, and behavioral medicine professionals.

Course Use

Serves as a primary text for graduate-level courses and certification programs in ABA or as a supplemental text for courses on treating problem behavior.