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Over the past several months, we have received many positive comments from readers of JSLP-ABA about the first issue, and we thank you for sharing this information with us. At this time, we are pleased to bring you the second issue. Consistent with the journal's mission, the papers in this issue address different topics of interest to both SLP and ABA professionals. Moreover, each paper offers information with the potential to enhance both collaborative and independent clinical work by professionals in both fields.

The first article by Conelea, Rice, and Woods' addresses current research on regulated breathing to support clients with fluency disorders. Charles Van Riper once characterized stuttering as a problem wrapped within a mystery. Behavioral interventions represent a strong, evidenced-based approach to treatment. Conelea et al extend this tradition.

In the second article, Frost and Bondy present an excellent summary of Skinner's (1957) functional analysis of verbal behavior. Their presentation includes a consideration of the relative advantages offered by Skinner's framework as compared to traditional linguistic categories, and they illustrate these advantages in reference to clinical examples.

Greer and Keohane address a related topic by tracing the trajectory of verbal behavior through a sequence of behavior developmental "cusps", including listener, speaker, speaker-listener, speaker-as-own-listener, reader, writer, writer-as-own-reader, and advanced verbal mediation. They support this comprehensive framework by empirical evidence and conceptual analysis.

Selective mutism is addressed by two papers in this issue. In one, Kearney and Vecchio address the value of functional analysis as a tool for specifying the conditions under which symptoms of selective mutism are observed. In the other, Schum provides a summary of intervention approaches based on the literature and on his own extensive experience. Together, these papers offer important insights to enhance the assessment and treatment of children with selective mutism.

The last paper, by McCullough, McCullough, Ruark, and Rainey, summarizes research into the relationship between the pragmatic performance and functional communication skills of adults with aphasia. This information has important clinical implications.

We believe that this selection of papers provides useful information, expanded perspectives, and suggestions for further research. We hope you enjoy this issue of JSLP-ABA and we invite your comments. We also invite you to submit papers consistent with the mission of JSLP-ABA, which is being expanded to include public policy issues. Specifically, we welcome papers that address the impact of behavior analytic, evidenced based practices in SLP on public policy.

Joseph Cautilli, Lead Editor

jcautilli2003@yahoo.com

Mareile Koenig, Senior Associate Editor

MareileKoenig@comcast.net

June 18, 2006
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Author:Cautilli, Joe; Koenig, Mareile
Publication:The Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis
Date:Jun 22, 2006
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