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Behaviorspeak: A Glossary of Terms in Applied Behavior Analysis [Kindle Edition]

Bobby Newman , Kenneth F. Reeve , Sharon A. Reeve , Carolyn S. Ryan
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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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.


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"...this book is a must for consumers and providers of applied behavior analysis." -- Richard W. Malott, PhD, BCBA, Western Michigan University

"I have used Behaviorspeak as a reference...This glossary is an empowering resource." --Jennica Velasquez, Parent

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It reads in the foreword to Behaviorspeak, "without a familiarity with some of the technical terms, understanding some practitioners of ABA is about as easy as trying to lip-read a muppet." Behaviorspeak is the answer. A parent or professional can consult this work whenever they come across a term that is not immediately understood. ABA is a precise discipline, and an understanding of the terms is the first step in understanding the science.

"I have used Behaviorspeak as a reference several times since you sent it to me. Often, I read information on the internet, or even hear a teacher use a term, and I'll think "wait, that's not right," or "what does THAT mean?" Then I doubt my own knowledge and understanding of terms commonly used in ABA. Behaviorspeak is great for clarification, as well as inspiration for program and procedural ideas. I remember when I first joined autism groups on the internet, it took a few months before I truly understood the language parents and professionals were speaking. Behaviorspeak would have saved me a lot of time and confusion! This glossary is an empowering resource."

Jennica Valasquez,Parent


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Behaviorspeak / An ABA Student's Perspective January 30, 2005
Format:Paperback
As I opened my initial text in ABA I was somewhat daunted (and depressed) when I realized I had to learn a new language to effectively assess the material I needed to cover. I was unwittingly the subject of a Stroop experiment - in short, my reading automaticity was off and I spent an inordinate amount of time re-reading the same passages.

I checked the glossary for clarification. Well, the same authors who wrote the book, wrote the glossary, using the same language - not a big help. I then turned to "Behaviorspeak" which was part of my "bundle" and was ecstatic! The terms were explained in the vernacular with clear, often amusing, examples given. The time saved in trying to tease out the terminology was huge, and I could easily check to see if I was using the proper terms while writing papers. I would love to see a student's edition of this book, expanding on the academic and technical terms we use.

I highly recommend this book for every student pursuing a course in Applied Behavior Analysis! It will save you time,energy and lower your stress level.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful and humanistic glossary of ABA December 18, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was given this book to look over by a parent of a child with autism. Being in the field myself, I think the authors have put together a useful book for those in applied behavior analysis. It's a nice companion guide as long as the reader has some degree of pre-existing knowledge about ABA. It should help relatively new practitioners and parents to keep the procedures and philosophies straight in their minds. It was especially nice to see special education terms included for the layperson and beginning practitioner. One of the book's best uses may be to use it to argue against folks who really don't know ABA but discourage its use because they have heard it's "robotic." I've read some of Newman's other books and, taken together with this one, it's hard not to see the human side of ABA, despite its complexity and comprehensiveness as a discipline.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reader Friendly Resource February 25, 2004
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent resource for parents, paraprofessionals and professionals who are involved in an ABA program. Most terms are listed (including names of books, assessments, and people) that are often referred to in the field of ABA. It is easy to access the information within the book since the terms are in alphabetical order. I found it to be very reader friendly with larger sized print and limited jargon within the descriptions. (You don't need to look up 5 terms to understand the one you initially opened the book to read about.) My favorite part of the book, however, is the humor. It gives the book personality and positively reinforces my reading behavior :0)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Behavior Management Consultant April 20, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Behaviorspeak is humorous, concise, AND informative. As a reference to ABA terminology, it's exactly what I had been looking for. It's the perfect companion to have, as I continue to learn more about the ABA field.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Parents December 28, 2003
Format:Paperback
I have used Behaviorspeak as a reference several times. Often, I read information on the internet, or even hear a teacher use a term, and I'll think "wait, that's not right," or "what does THAT mean?" Then I doubt my own knowledge and understanding of terms commonly used in ABA. Behaviorspeak is great for clarification, as well as inspiration for program and procedural ideas. I remember when I first joined autism groups on the internet, it took a few months before I truly understood the language parents and professionals were speaking. Behaviorspeak would have saved me a lot of time and confusion! This glossary is an empowering resource.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Autism Parent and Advocate Perspective November 24, 2006
Format:Paperback
Behavior Speak is a pithy yet elegant introduction to the terminology of Applied Behavior Analysis. Written by four behavior analysts, all of whom have impeccable credentials, as well as long standing personal commitments to children with autism, this book fills several needs. It is a pragmatic attempt to make the specialized vocabulary of the field more accessible to a general audience. The practical yet droll writing style makes it a perfect resource for new teachers or students beginning the study of behavioral interventions. Parents too can benefit. Parents often say that when their child is first diagnosed with autism it feels a lot like stepping on to a moving train. This is the book to help you get up to speed quickly. The slightly offbeat humor never overshadows or waters down the material. I've given this book to teachers new to the field, behavioral therapists new to home ABA programs, other parents of children with autism and, increasingly, to older siblings of kids on the spectrum. It's helped my older son, who doesn't have autism, know what we're talking about around the home and has empowered him to use behavioral concepts to make sense of his (middle school) world as well. While a lone, humorless reviewer uses the pretext that "autism in not funny" to slam the book (and in a petty manner, the authors) most seasoned autism parents know that there are plenty of reasons to smile at our kids and our lives. The authors' use of humor signals their collective appreciation of the challenges and successes, the struggles and the joys of life with a child with autism. Life with autism may not always be easy, but it has many rewards for those who know where to find them. This book, by demystifying the language of behavior analysis, empowers readers to work effectively with children with autism and their teachers, and thus to all move forward together happily.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read
Great book for beginners, very simple definitions for parents or professionals getting started in ABA. A must have for the field.
Published 16 days ago by Ashley Beamon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Staff Training
This is a great book that has become a regular part of our staff training program. Works great when training our new teachers and teacher assistants!
Published 2 months ago by tina m. covington
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this book!
I'm currently in a masters program preparing me for the BCBA exam.

The book is FANTASTIC! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ABA Glossary
I find this to be very handy when I hear a behavior analyst use a term I am unfamiliar with.

However, it does not contain the term "Behavioral Cusp"... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Joel
4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition for ABA resource
I bought kindle edition and love being able to look up ABA words/phrases as needed :) great book with a lot of information
Published 15 months ago by Shannon M Kazmerick
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reference, but not what I was expecting
This is basically just a dictionary with behavioral terms and jargon. It's good for refreshing your knowledge of the basic terms in behavior analysis, but I can't see it being too... Read more
Published 17 months ago by jeannie
5.0 out of 5 stars If you think about Autism in any way, you need this book!
A wonderful group of authors with a lot to share about the world of ABA and autism. I encourage you to also purchase 'Behavior Detectives' by the same group led by Bobby... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sarah Vayo
1.0 out of 5 stars Headache waiting to happen
This is not for laymen unless you really need to translate jargon badly.

Of course some people do need to translate for their kids benefit. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Anne C. Devine
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok resource
While having one place to look for definitions is a great idea, I found this resource lacking in some key definitions, and had to go back to Cooper.... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jeanne
4.0 out of 5 stars Behavior
This books gives some of the more common terms used in ABA and their definitions, making it a useful tool that i would recommend.
Published 23 months ago by Mrs
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