Autism Partnership’s Committment to Research

We are proud of our committment to research in the field of autism.  Our staff in the USA, Australia and other international locations all contribute to the publication of research to allow for examiniation and critical analysis of our techniques and intervention strategies.  


New Publication in 2015:

"Applied Behaviour Analysis is a science, and, therefore progressive" by Leaf, Leaf, McEachin, Taubman, Ala'i-Rosales, Ross, Smith & Weiss.

This article represents a movement towards innovative, responsive and flexible application of behaviour analysis in the treatment of children with ASD.  A must read for all families and professionals!



Journal Articles

Research Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Cuvo, A. J., Leaf, R. B., & Borakove, L. S. (1978). Teaching janitorial skills to the mentally retarded: acquisition, generalization, and maintenance. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 11, 345-355.

Edelson, S.M., Taubman, M.T. & Lovaas, O.I. (1985). Some Social Contexts of Self-Destructive Behaviors with Treatment. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 11, 299-312.

Epstein, L.J., Taubman, M.T., & Lovaas, O.I. (1985). Changes in Self-Stimulatory Behaviors with Treatment. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 13, 281-294.

Leaf, J.B., Leaf, R.B. & Leaf, J.D. (2008). A parent’s story: Jake and Nick. In E. Cipani (Ed.), Triumphs in Autism. New York, New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Leaf, J.B., Taubman, M., Bloomfeld, S., Palos-Rafuse, L.I., McEachin, J.J., Leaf, R.B., & Oppenheim, M.L. (2008). Effectiveness of a training package for teaching friendship development and maintenance skills for young children with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders 2, 275-289.

Leaf, R., Taubman, M., Bondy, A., & McEachin, J. (2008). The Test of Time (Lovaas's Analysis of Verbal Behavior). Advance, 18(23), 15.

Lovaas, O.I., Ackerman, A.B., & Taubman, M.T. (1983). An Overview of Behavioral Treatment of Autistic Persons. In M. Rosenbaum, C. M. Franks, & Y. Jaffe (Eds.), Perspectives on Behavior Therapy in the Eighties. New York, New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Lovaas, O. I., Smith, T., & McEachin, J. J. (1989). Clarifying comments on the young autism study: Reply to Schopler, Short, and Mesibov. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 57(1), 165-167

Lovaas, O.I., & Taubman, M.T. (1981). Language Training and Some Mechanisms of Social and Internal Control. Analysis and Intervention in Developmental Disabilities, 1, 363-372.

McEachin, J.J., Smith, T., & Lovaas, O.I. (1993). Long-Term outcome for children with autism who received early intensive behavioral treatment. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 97(4), 359-372.

Shipley-Benamou, R., Lutzker, J., & Taubman, M. (2002). Teaching Daily Living Skills to Children with Autism through Instructional Video Modeling. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 4, 165-175.

Smith, T., Parker, T., Taubman, M., Lovaas, I.O. (1992). Transfer of staff training from Workshop to group homes: A failure to generalize across settings. Research in Developmental Disabilities. Special Issue: Community-based treatment programs: Some Problems and Promises, 13(1), 57-71.

Soulaga, D., Leaf, J.B., Taubman, M., McEachin, J, Leaf, R.B. (2008) A comparison of Constant Time Delay vs. a Lovaas-type Flexible Prompt Fading procedure. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders 1, 753-765.

Taubman, M., Brierley, S., Wishner, J., Baker, D., McEachin, J., Leaf, R.B.(2001). The Effectiveness of a group discrete trial instructional approach for preschoolers with Developmental disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 22(3), 205-219.

Leaf, J.B., Dotson, W., Oppenheim-Leaf, M. L., Sheldon, J.B., Sherman, J.A. (2012).
A programmatic description of a social skills group for young children with autism. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 32, 111-121

 Leaf, J. B., Tsuji, K. H., Griggs, B., Edwards, A., Taubman, M., McEachin, J., Leaf, R., & Oppenheim-Leaf, M. L. (2012). Teaching social skills to children with autism using the cool versus not cool procedure. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 47, 165-175.

 Leaf, J. B., Oppenheim-Leaf, M. L., Call, N. A., Sheldon, J. B., & Sherman, J. A.,Taubman, M., McEachin, J., Dayharash, J., & Leaf, R. (2012). Comparison of the teaching interaction procedure to social stories for people with Autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 45, 281-298.

 Oppenheim-Leaf, M. L., Leaf, J.B., Dozier, C., Sheldon, J. B., & Sherman, J.A. (2012). Teaching Typically Developing Children to Promote Social Play with their siblings with Autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 6, 777-791.

 Leaf, J. B., Oppenheim-Leaf, M. L., Leaf, R. B., Courtermanche, A.B.,  Taubman, M.,McEachin, J., Sheldon, J. B., & Sherman, J. A. (2012). Observational effects on preference for three children on the autism spectrum. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 45, 473-483.

 Oppenheim-Leaf, M. L., Leaf, J.B., & Call, N. A. (2012). Teaching Board Games to Two Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 24, 347-358

 Leaf, J. B. (2012). An experimental approach for selecting a response-prompting strategy for children with developmental disabilities: A reply to Gast. Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 5, 226-233

 Leaf, J. B., Oppenheim-Leaf, M. L., Streff, T. (2012). The effects of the time-in procedure on decreasing stereotypic behavior: A clinical case study. Clinical Case Studies, 11, 152-164.

 Leaf, J. B., Tsuji, K. H., Lentell, A., Dale, S. E., Kassardjian, A., Tuabman, M., McEachin, J.,Leaf, R., & Oppenheim-Leaf, M. L. (2013).  A comparison of discrete trial teaching implemented in a one-to-one instructional format and in a group instructional format.  Behavioral Interventions, 28, 82-106.

 Kuyumjian, A., Taubman, M., Rudrud, E., Edwards, A., Leaf, J. B., Schulze, K., McEachin, J., & Leaf, R. (2013). Utilizing teaching interactions to facilitate social skills in the natural environment. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 48, 245-257.

 Taubman, M. T., Leaf, R., McEachin, J., Papovich, S., & Leaf, J. B. (2013). A comparison of data collection techniques used with discrete trial teaching. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7, 1026-1034.

 Leaf, J. B., Leaf, R., Taubman, M., McEachin, J., & Delmolino, L. (2014). Comparison of flexible prompt fading to error correction for children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 26, 203-224.


In Press


Leaf, J. B., Dale, S. B., Taubman, M., McEachin, J. J., & Leaf, R. B. (In Press). A comparative analysis of different classes of reinforcement on increasing receptive and expressive language for children with autism. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

 Leaf, J. B., Leaf, J. A., Alcalay, A., Dale, S., Kassardjian, A., Tsuji, K., Leaf, R., Taubman, M., & McEachin, J. (In Press) Comparison of most-to-least to error correction to teach tacting to two children diagnosed with autism. Evidence Based Communication Assessment and Intervention.

 Leaf, J. B., Oppenheim-Leaf, M. L., Leaf, R. B., Taubman, M., McEachin, J., Parker, T., Waks, A. B., & Mountjoy, T. (In Press). What is the proof? A methodological review of studies that have utilized social stories. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

 Au, A. H. C.,. Mountjoy, T. J., Man, K. L. P., Leaf, J. B., Leaf, R. B., Taubman, M., & McEachin, J. (In Press). A programmatic description of an international private behaviorally orientated autism school. Education and Treatment of Children.

 Leaf, J. B., Alacalay, A., Leaf, J. A., Tsuji, K.,. Kassardjian, A., Dale, S., McEachin, J., Taubman, M., & Leaf, R. (In Press). Comparison of most-to-least to error correction for teaching receptive labeling for two children diagnosed with autism.Journal of Research in Special Education Needs.



Updated March 2014