Establishing a Common Vocabulary of Key Concepts for the Effective Implementation of Applied Behavior Analysis

Traci M. CIHON, Joseph H. CIHON, Guy M. BEDIENT


The technical language of behavior analysis is arguably necessary to share ideas and research with precision among each other. However, it can hinder effective implementation of behavior analytic techniques when it prevents clear communication between the supervising behavior analyst and behavior technicians. The present paper provides a case example of the development of a shared vocabulary, using plain English when possible, among supervisors and supervisees at a large public school district in which behavior analytic services were provided for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. A list of terms and definitions are provided as well as suggestions on how to develop shared vocabularies within the readers’ own service provision context.


Autism spectrum disorder, Behavior analysis, Jargon, Verbal behavior

Paper Details

Paper Details
Topic Special Education
Pages 337 - 348
Issue IEJEE, Volume 9, Issue 2, Special Issue: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Approaches to Training, Teaching, and Treatment
Date of acceptance 01 August 2016
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Traci M. CIHON

University of North Texas, United States

Joseph H. CIHON

Autism Partnership Foundation & Endicott College, United States


Autism Partnership Foundation & Endicott College, United States


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