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In this conversation, we covered:
- How Jill and Bill discovered Behavior Analysis, especially at a time when it wasn't as ubiquitous as it is now.
- How they of course met each other (yes, there is a love story here).
- Why they wrote an earlier iteration of this book titled, Sign Here: A contracting book for children and their parents.
- The success Jill and Bill had in getting their works translated in various languages, and distributed to countries across the globe.
- The power of storytelling.
- The basics of behavioral contracting.
- Special circumstances that make contracting challenging, and what to do about them.
- What to make of the "open economy" of today's screen-based reinforcers.
- Directions for future research in this area.
- Advice for the newly minted.
- Their hopes for the future of ABA.
This bullet list of course could go on and on. There are so many storylines in this conversation, from the history of ABA, to dissemination across cultures and languages, to the power of storytelling, to parenting, and so much more. I think there is something in this episode for everyone (note: we get to the actual mechanics of behavioral contracting about 1/2 to 2/3 the way into the conversation). Bill and Jill more generally offer some great parenting strategies in their description of the contracting process.
We discussed some of the following resources in this episode:
- Their book of course, Let's Make a Contract.
- Michael (1993). Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis.
- Highlights for Children magazine.
- Risley (2005). Montrose Wolf memoriam in JABA.
- Today's ABA with Greg Hanley (Session 160; shameless plug: CEU for this podcast here).
- Gover et al (2021). On the generality of preference for contingent reinforcement.
- Their soon-to-be developed companion website for the book.
- Strain and Joseph (2004). A not so good job with "good job," A response to Cohn (2001).
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