Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Panel #172
CE Offered: BACB
PDS EVENT: Translating "Behaviorese": Talking and Collaborating with Non-Behavior Analysts
Sunday, May 24, 2015
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
204A (CC)
Area: CSE/VRB; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Patrick C. Friman, Ph.D.
Chair: Stephanie L. Kincaid (West Virginia University)
AMANDA N. KELLY (Keiki Educational Consultants)
BENJAMIN N. WITTS (St. Cloud State University)

Behavior analysis, like any discipline, has its own set of technical terminology. Behavior analysts benefit from being part of a strong verbal community that supports efficient communication using technical terms. However, to outsiders, it can seem as though behavior analysts are speaking a different language- "Behaviorese." This PDS event will address how professional behavior analysts translate technical terminology in order to effectively collaborate with others and disseminate findings to non-behavior analytic audiences. The panel will feature leaders in dissemination and will include discussion of issues relevant to practitioners and researchers. Points of discussion will include such issues as, "How do you speak to a broad audience while maintaining the integrity of your research?" "Do you use any technical terms when talking to outside audiences?" "What are some techniques that young behavior analysts can use to develop their skills in talking to those outside the field?" Such discussion will be useful for behavior analysts with any level of experience to develop their communication skills with individuals outside the behavior-analytic community.

Keyword(s): behavioral language, dissemination, professional development, technical terminology



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