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The Behavior Code: Based on a collaboration dating back nearly a decade, the authors—a behavioral analyst and a child psychiatrist—reveal their systematic approach for deciphering causes and patterns of difficult behaviors and how to match them with proven strategies for getting students back on track to learn. The Behavior Code includes user-friendly worksheets and other helpful resources

Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service. Armed with decades of research on how behavior changes, a small group of scientists began to change the world. In this text, you will meet a few of these pioneers. Hear their experiences presented in their own words. Many of these pioneers abandoned traditional methods and sought new and better solutions to the persistent problems of our society. Get to know them as passionate people with a deep commitment to science and making the world a better place. 

Chaos to Calm: Martha Gabler, a parent of a child on the spectrum, tells you how she applied TAGteach™ (teaching with acoustical guidance) to help her child improve many important skills (e.g., staying in bed at night, walking into school, wearing seatbelt, etc.), when no other intervention helped.

Socially Savvy: This book helps educators and parents break down broad areas of social functioning into concrete skills. The included checklist pinpoints a child's specific strengths and challenges which in turn makes it possible to prioritize the skills most in need of intervention, develop strategies to address them, and track the effectiveness of those strategies. This manual includes targeted, play-based activities that foster the development of social skills critical to a joyful childhood and future academic success. Socially Savvy is designed for all parties–from educator to the parent–working with children in planned and naturally occurring opportunities to help develop essential social skills. This manual serves as a resource to make both learning and teaching social skills a fun, rewarding experience.

Behavior Analysis for Lasting Change (Mayer, Sulzer-Azaroff & Wallace) Introduces the concepts and methods of applied behavior analysis based on solid theory and research. Provides strategies for developing and implementing solutions to problem situations. Emphasizes a systems approach as a means of initiating more effective and durable change (2012).

What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage (New York Times Article) - Amy Sutherland

What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage (BOOK) - Amy Sutherland

Applied Behavior Analysis (Cooper, Heron & Heward): "Applied Behavior Analysis" provides a complete description of the principles and procedures needed to systematically change socially significant behavior and to understand the reasons for that change. This comprehensive text, appropriate for courses in basic principles, applications, and behavioral research methods, helps students, educators, and practitioners appreciate and begin to acquire the conceptual and technical skills necessary to foster socially adaptive behavior in diverse individuals (2007).

Behavior Analysis for Effective Teaching: Modern teachers increasingly encounter students who enter their classroom with low motivation, learning problems, or disruptive behavior. The mission of this book is to provide teachers and other human service professionals specific tools they can use to teach more effectively without using the punitive methods that are too often part of educational practices. At the same time, the book explains the behavioral science on which behavioral practices are based.

Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism: A growing body of research shows that many young children with autism and pervasive developmental disorders can derive significant, lasting, and sometimes-dramatic benefits from early intervention based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. This manual, inspired by that research, provides a wealth of practical information for parents, professionals, and others concerned with helping such children. Authors include parents whose children have been the beneficiaries of a science-based approach to autism treatment, as well as many noted researchers and experienced clinicians. 

Crafting Connections: Contemporary Applied Behavior Analysis for Enriching the Social Lives of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder: This is a major work that teaches authentic, appropriate social skills to students with autism as they navigate the social world. Crafting Connections not only provides concrete information on developing social skills but also instructs readers on how to assess competency, develop programs, and create social skills curricula. The book contains a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on Social Awareness, Social Communication, Social Interaction, Social Learning, and Social Relatedness. The authors present the methods and means to teach and individualize programs. Sub-skills, prerequisites, and methods of instruction are outlined for each area in a methodical, easy-to-read manner.

Focus on Behavior Analysis in Education: Primary text or supplement for graduate-level courses or seminars on applied behavior analysis, educational reform, and evidence-based curriculum and instruction. The nineteen chapters in this edited volume were developed from presentations given at The Ohio State University's Third Focus on Behavior Analysis in Education Conference. The contributing authors present literature reviews, conceptual analyses, and data from several original studies; they describe advancements in curricula, classroom and schoolwide interventions, and teacher training programs; and they offer personal perspectives on the current status and future directions of behavior analysis in education. This text is an ideal resource for three groups (1) educators seeking information and resources on measurably effective instructional tools; (2) students of behavior analysis wishing to learn about its applications, accomplishments, and future research needs in education; and (3) anyone--pre-service education major, in-service teacher, school administrator, parent, or consumer--who has heard about the "behavioral approach" and wonders what it is all about.

Good Night, Sweet Dreams, I Love You: An infant who wails deep into the night, a toddler who keeps popping out of bed, a young child who procrastinates long past his bedtime - this kind of behavior can give parents nightmares. Many kids seem programmed from birth with bedtime behavior that frustrates and frazzles parents who have difficulty ignoring a baby's cry or who feel guilty enforcing an early curfew for a child they haven't seen all day. Yet getting sufficient sleep is critical for children's health and happiness. Child psychologist Dr. Patrick Friman discusses why getting enough sleep is so important for children of all ages. He explains how children learn, and why teaching them good nighttime behaviors will help them handle other stressful situations in life. With humor and empathy, Dr. Friman outlines problems related to bedtime for children from infancy through middle and high school and gives parents advice and tips on how to handle them. In many cases, he provides parents with several options so they can choose the approach they feel most comfortable with. He stresses the importance of a pre-bedtime ritual for children and discusses the pros and cons of ignoring a child's crying, sharing the family bed, using medication, and other approaches to sleep problems. His suggestions can help end bedtime hassles and get parents and kids the good night's sleep they both need.

Science and Human Behavior: "This is an important book, exceptionally well written, and logically consistent with the basic premise of the unitary nature of science. Many students of society and culture would take violent issue with most of the things that Skinner has to say, but even those who disagree most will find this a stimulating book.” —Samuel M. Strong, The American Journal of Sociology

Toilet Training in Less than a Day: From two noted learning specialists, here is the amazing, scientifically proven Azrin-Foxx method that teaches toilet training quickly -- in less than four hours for the average child.  After that rewarding learning period, he or she will willingly use the toilet without assistance or a reminder!  

The Verbal Behavior Approach: The Verbal Behavior (VB) approach is a form of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), that is based on B.F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior, and works particularly well with children with minimal or no speech abilities. In this book Mary Lynch Barbera draws on her own experiences as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and also as a parent of a child with autism to explain VB and how to use it. 

Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers:  This widely-adopted introductory text presents behavior analysis principles hand-in-hand with a wealth of examples showing their practical classroom applications. To give students a better understanding of how behavior analysis actually works, the sequence of chapters follows that of an actual behavior analysis project; and actual data recording sheets, charts, and tables are provided in the text. The fictional  "Professor Grundy" helps keep material lively and relevant by responding to objections to behavior modification, using shaping techniques in his own classroom, and instructing students in writing behavioral objectives.

Autism -- National Autism Committee (NAC) National Standards Project: Findings and Conclusions - Addressing the need for evidence-based practice guidelines for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD),  NAC endeavored to build consensus among experts from diverse fields of study and theoretical orientation.  They collaboratively determine the strategies used to evaluate the literature on the treatment of ASD and present their findings. Follow link to download PDF.

Behave'n Kids: Mini-Methods or Madness: Written by licensed therapists Janie and Roger Peterson, Mini-Methods or Madness, is a sensible collection of basic "how-to" techniques that help parents (or teachers) teach their children how to behave better while fostering positive bonds with them.  This book is accessible to parents and others with or without a behavioral background thanks to its presentation and careful wording.  Sold for less than $15.00 this book is one that should be on every parents nightstand.

Behavior Ask: Parents and professionals undertaking Applied Behavior Analytic (ABA) teaching and behavior management programs for individuals diagnosed with autistic-spectrum disorders often face serious questions. Behaviorask is a collection of answers to over 100 of the most common ABA programming questions, discussed in rich detail. The authors are Board Certified Behavior Analysts with many years of experience providing ABA-based programs in schools, homes, and private clinics.

Behavior Charts: This site links you directly to incentive charts which can be downloaded and customized.

Behavior Speak: Behaviorspeak is a glossary of terms in common usage in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the autistic-spectrum disorders. Deliberately written in a humorous and easily understood style, this will be an invaluable resource for parents and direct care service providers. ABA is a technically precise discipline, where a misunderstanding of a term can lead to a misapplied technique. Behaviorspeak will give readers the tools necessary to understand articles in professional journals, presentations, and books.

Graduated Behavior Analysis: Applied Behavior Analysis has proven to be the most effective means of teaching children diagnosed with autistic-spectrum disorders. ABA is not, however, "one size fits all." Different teaching techniques within ABA must be chosen, based upon student need. In Graduated Applied Behavior Analysis, Dr. Bobby Newman and colleagues describe an approach that alters teaching methodologies based on the functioning level of the student. While there are many schools of thought within ABA, they are all part of the same basic science. Aspects of that science are outlined. Portions of an introductory manual and a study describing the effectiveness of an ABA preschool are included.

Handbook of Applied Behavior Analysis: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) encompasses many disparate populations, settings, and interventions. If there is a problem, more than likely, ABA has addressed it. Interventions tend to be creative and, more often than not, effective. Within these pages are some of the field’s foremost practitioners discussing functional analysis, behavioral acquisition, school psychology, habits, pediatrics, delinquency, brain injury, autism, organizations, safety, consultation, sports, college teaching, and the future of ABA. Each chapter concludes with reading objectives helpful for deeper understanding and further discussion.

How to think like a Behavior Analyst: This text is written for all professionals concerned with behavior, including undergraduate students in psychology and behavior analysis, parents, teachers, employers, and employees. The book can easily be used as a supplement to primary texts in introductory psychology courses, and the exercises that follow each question can be used to stimulate lively discussion in role-play and other active learning situations.

Learning and Complex Behavior - This book describes "basic biobehavioral processes and explores their implications for complex human behavior. The basic processes include natural selection, selection by reinforcement, generalization, discrimination, conditioned reinforcement, schedules of reinforcement, and associated phenomena".  This site lists supplemental material that is added from time to time to keep the book "current and to address additional topics" by J.W. Donahoe & Dave C. Palmer

OARacle: A compilation of articles 2002-2007: The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is a non-profit organization formed in 2001 and led by relatives of children and adults with autism and Asperger Syndrome.  OAR promotes research that helps families, educators, caregivers, and individuals with autism find much-needed answers to their immediate questions.  Committed to excellence in its services to the autism community, OAR funds research that offers to make a difference in individuals lives; provides information that is timely, and presents opportunities for collaboration within the autism and research communities.  OAR's mission is to apply research to the challenges of autism.

Surgeon General Report: Autism and Other Mental Disorders in Children and Adolescents: "Autism, the most common of the pervasive developmental disorders is characterized by severely compromised ability to engage in, and by a lack of interest in, social interactions."  This site contains background information about several disorders as well as information pertaining to effective treatment interventions.