Recommended Reading

Learn About Applied Behavior Analysis:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism: An Introduction
    Suzanne Buchanan and Mary Jane Weiss, authors
    Available from
    (First copy is free. It is an excellent description of what ABA is, and definitions of some of the basic ABA procedures)
  • Behaviorspeak: Glossary of terms in applied behavior analysis (ABA)
    Newman, B., Reeve, K.F., Reeve, S.A., & Ryan, C.S.,
    Dove and Orca (2003)
  • Behaviorask: Straight answers to your ABA programming questions
    Newman, B., Reinicke, D.R., & Hammond, T.
    Dove and Orca (2005)
  • Don’t Shoot the Dog 
    Karen Pryor
    Bantam Books, 1999 Revised Edition
    This is an excellent overview of the principles of behavior applied in everyday life situations. It is easy to read and understand.
  • How to Think Like a Behavior Analyst
    Jon Bailey and Mary Burch
    Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Publishers (2006)

Family Stories:

  • Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family’s Triumph Over Autism
    Catherine Maurice
    Knopf, 1993

Teaching manuals written for parents and educators:

  • Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism: A Manual for Parents and Professional
    Edited by Catherine Maurice, PhD, Gina Green, PhD, & Stephen Luce, PhD
    Pro-Ed, 1996.
  • Making a Difference: Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism
    Edited by Catherine Maurice, Richard Foxx & Gina Green, Pro-Ed, 2001.
  • One step at a time: ABA and autism in the classroom: Practical strategies for implementing applied behavior analysis for students with autism.
    Krumins, J.
    Autism Aspirations (2009)
  • Teaching Individuals with Developmental Delays
    O. Ivar Lovaas
    Pro-Ed, 2002
  • A Work in Progress: Behavior Management Strategies and a Curriculum for Intensive Behavioral Treatment of Autism
    Edited by Ron Leaf and John McEachin,
    DRL Books, 1999
  • Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities
    Mark L. Sundberg, Ph.D. and James W. Partington, Ph.D., Behavior Analysts, Inc., 1998
  • Steps to Independence: Teaching Everyday Skills to Children with Special Needs
    Bruce L. Baker & Alan J. Brightman
    Paul H. Brooks Publishing 1997
  • Right From the Start: Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism
    Sandra L. Harris, Mary Jane Weiss
    Woodbine House, 1998
  • Activity Schedules for Children with Autism: Teaching Independent Behavior
    Lynn McClannahan, and Patricia Krantz
    Woodbine House (1999)
  • The ABA Program Companion
    J. Tyler Fovel
    Strategic Alternatives (2002)
  • Increasing and Decreasing Behaviors of Persons With Severe Retardation and Autism
    Richard M. Foxx
  • The Power of Positive Parenting
    Dr. Glenn I. Latham
    P & T Ink (September 1994)
    This book was written for parents and caregivers of typical children but it beautifully illustrates the use of the principals of behavior and can be very helpful.
  • Defying Autism
    Stephanie B. Lockshin, M.Ed., PhD., BCBA, Jennifer M. Gillis, MA, BCBA, and Raymond G. Romanczyk, Ph.D., BCBA
    DRL Books, 2004
    This book is written for families to help them evaluate their resources, generate home goals and implement home teaching programs. Emphasis is placed on self-assessment of the family’s readiness and ability to implement goals.
  • Helping Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Stephanie B. Lockshin, M.Ed., PhD., BCBA, Jennifer M. Gillis, MA, BCBA, and Raymond G. Romanczyk, Ph.D., BCBA,
    newharbingerpublications, inc. 2005.
    This is a Step-by-Step workbook for families for “encouraging your child’s abilities and enhancing the health of your whole family. The book encourages you to seek a balance between child-centered and family-centered goals.”
  • Sleep Better! A Guide to Improving Sleep for Children with Special Needs
    V. Mark Durand
    Brookes Publishing Company (November 1997)

Written Task Analyses:

Important Other:

  • Controversial Therapies for Developmental Disabilities
    John Jacobson, Richard Foxx, James Mulick, Editors
    Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Publishers
    Mahwah, New Jersey
  • Sense and Nonsense in the Behavioral Treatment of Autism: It has to be Said
    Autism Partnership: Ron Leaf, Ph.D., John McEachin, Ph.D. and Mitchell Taubman, Ph.D
    DRL Books (2008)
  • The Complete Guide to Autism Ttreatments: Make Sure Your Child Gets What Works! (2nd ed.)
    S. K. Freeman
    SKF Books, Inc. (2011)