Talking About Behavior

Welcome to Talking About Behavior, my web page for encouraging a discussion about how we talk about behavior – the focus of my book, Radical behaviorism for ABA practitioners, published in May 2013.

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What you will find here is some basic information about this book, a blog whose content will be largely guided by your contributions, some comments about these posts, and an email contact so you can share with me your reactions and pose questions and other reactions.

I’ve spent the last 45 years exploring behavior as a scientific subject matter and the focus of practical services. All along, my experiences have been shared with – and shaped by – students. This web site is a way for me to broaden the reach of this discussion and to offer ongoing observations about how we talk about, study, and work with behavior.
  • Radical Behaviorism for ABA Practitioners

Radical Behaviorism for ABA Practitioners

Radical Behaviorism for ABA Practitioners is primarily written for students planning careers delivering ABA services and for practicing applied behavior analysts who work in some capacity as clinicians, supervisors, or administrators. Throughout its 240 pages, Radical Behaviorism for ABA Practitioners leads readers through a carefully sequenced treatment of conceptual issues that underlie the science of behavior and the everyday efforts of practitioners to resolve behavioral challenges.

Early chapters consider some basic assumptions about the nature of behavior and clarify how we learn to talk about our own behavior and everyone else’s. This foundation leads to chapters that discuss a wide range of conceptual issues in a way that shows how they are important to practitioners in their everyday work. Each chapter begins with a vignette that highlights the ways that practitioners experience the misunderstandings about behavior encouraged by vernacular dialect. Discussion then focuses on helping readers develop a way of talking about behavior that avoids these conceptual confusions and the problems they can cause for service delivery.

The book approaches these topics in an informal and readable style. Pedagogical features include boxes that address special topics that supplement the chapter narrative, and each chapter ends with a summary of main points, a study guide, and a list of recommended readings. The book concludes with a glossary and bibliography.

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