A Progressive Approach to Applied Behavior Analysis - Chapter 10: Shaping

Elsevier, A Progressive Approach to Applied Behavior Analysis The Autism Partnership Method 2024, Pages 103-113
Justin B. Leaf, Joseph H. Cihon, Julia L. Ferguson, Ronald Leaf, John McEachin, Toby Mountjoy, Jeremy Leaf, Amanda Rogue

Shaping is a powerful behavior analytic approach to developing and changing behavior. It involves expanding and refining response classes through the systematic use of reinforcement and in-the-moment assessment of a learner's behavior. In this chapter, we provide a brief history of the development and understanding of shaping as a means to change behavior through descriptions of some important research related to shaping. We also provide several clinical recommendations related to the use of shaping and taking a nonlinear approach to shaping.