7 Best Applied Behavior Analysis Books To Read

Here’s a list of the best books about applied behavior analysis (ABA) to read.

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Steven Zauderer
November 29, 2022
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7 Best Applied Behavior Analysis Books To Read

Here's a list of the best books about applied behavior analysis (ABA).

  1. Handbook of Applied Behavior Analysis
  2. The ABA Visual Language: Applied Behavior Analysis
  3. Ethics for Behavior Analysts, 3rd Edition
  4. Science and Human Behavior
  5. No More Meltdowns
  6. Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles and Procedures for Modifying Behavior
  7. Behaviorspeak: A Glossary of Terms in Applied Behavior Analysis
Best Applied Behavior Analysis Books To Read

1. Handbook of Applied Behavior Analysis

One of the best things about the Handbook of Applied Behavior Analysis is that it wasn't written by a single author.

It is compiled of knowledge dedicated to intervention techniques, research, and theory from some of the leading experts in the field of applied behavior analysis.

It is often used by many ABA professionals as a training tool to help them to hone their skills and learn how to develop some of the best ABA techniques that are used in the field today.

There are many evidence-based techniques that this book teaches ABA therapists to help them learn how to encourage positive behaviors and reduce some of the more challenging behaviors they might come across.

Finally, this book will also help people in the field to learn how to deal with ethical issues that might arise when working with children and adults who suffer from behavioral disabilities, like autism.

2. The ABA Visual Language: Applied Behavior Analysis

Regardless if you are a parent, professional, or ABA student, you will find The ABA Visual Language: Applied Behavior Analysis to be a useful tool in understanding how ABA works.

It was written by Makato Shibutani.

In the book, he not only explains in detail different terms and topics that are used in ABA therapy but he also provides real-world examples to help explain the topics and terms more clearly.

Plus, unlike some books, this one includes illustrations to help those that learn visually, as well. So, The ABA Visual Language: Applied Behavior Analysis can help anyone who has to deal with ABA therapy sessions in their daily dealings.

3. Ethics for Behavior Analysts, 3rd Edition

This is the 2nd updated version of the original text, Ethics for Behavior Analysts. This version was written by Jon Bailey and Mary Burch, and it was written to provide an updated understanding of the Ethical Compliance Code and BACB Professional ethical guidelines.

This is an interesting book because the authors use their personal experiences to help provide a guide for those who work in the field of ABA with many ethical solutions that professionals might encounter when working with their clients.

This edition is also catered toward new therapists and those who are just starting their training as behavior analysts.

After all, when working with ABA therapy, there are countless ethical dilemmas that they might come across that can be tricky to navigate.This book is an excellent resource if anyone who is working in the field of ABA and has an ethical situation that they are not quite sure how to handle.

4. Science and Human Behavior

Unlike most science books, Science and Human Behavior is still considered to be one of the best books in the field of behavior analysis, even though it was originally published in 1953.It was written by B.F. Skinner.

He is considered to be one of the founders of behaviorism, and it provides a solid foundation of the knowledge needed to go into the field of behavior analysis.

That is not to say that the field has not evolved greatly in the past few years, but it is an excellent foundation to get started with because most of the aspects he writes about are underlined in the field of ABA that most therapists still work in today.

So, if you are looking for a starting book in behavior analysis to begin learning some of the fundamentals you will need to build on, this book should be one of the first on your "must-read" list.

5. No More Meltdowns

No More Meltdowns was written by Jed Baker, Ph.D., and although he wrote it to be a positive-parent read, it is also an excellent guide for all types of ABA professionals.

One of the most important aspects of ABA therapy is parent-child interactions, and this book focuses on and examines these interactions, which is why it is excellent for professionals but parents who have a child in ABA therapy, as well.

It is classified as a how-to guide for families with children who are in ABA therapy, and it explains and demonstrates some of the effective strategies that are used in many ABA therapy strategy plans.

This can help parents to get a better grasp on what their child's ABA therapist is talking about when going over the strategies that they plan to use on their child, which helps the parents to be more prepared to ask the right questions in their initial strategy session with the ABA therapy professional.

6. Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles and Procedures for Modifying Behavior

Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles and Procedures for Modifying Behavior was written by Edward P. Sarafino as a technical guide tool to help ABA professionals analyze their behaviors, which can help when working and identifying problematic behaviors in their clients.

It also will help professionals to understand the factors that led to the development of undesired behaviors while providing them with various strategies to help improve those behaviors.

The book was written based on a variety of experiences, research, and theory to show proven ways that have helped curve different behaviors in the preferred direction. It can help to master some of the essential skills that ABA therapists require to be successful.

7. Behaviorspeak: A Glossary of Terms in Applied Behavior Analysis

This book is an excellent tool for anyone who is studying for a career in ABA therapy. Plus, it can be useful for parents who have a child in ABA therapy. It provides different definitions for works that might be unfamiliar in most situations.

After all, it is important to understand the ABA language. Plus, this book isn't like most glossary books. It was written in a humorous style with illustrations that help better understand various terms so that they can discuss ABA confidently with others.

References

  1. https://guides.libraries.psu.edu/aba/recbooks
  2. https://www.appliedbehavioranalysisprograms.com/best-books-aba/
  3. https://www.appliedbehavioranalysisedu.org/2021/11/best-applied-behavior-analysis-books/
steven zauderer

CEO of CrossRiverTherapy - a national ABA therapy company based in the USA.

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