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Todd R. Risley, Ph.D.

Todd R. Risley, Ph.D. Biography: Todd R. Risley, Ph.D., began his career in the early 1960s at the Institute for Child Development at the University of Washington, where he participated in the original demonstrations of the power of learning principles in influencing young children. With Montrose Wolf and Betty Hart, he introduced the basic procedures of adult attention and time-out now routinely taught and used in teaching and parenting. He also helped introduce the procedures for shaping speech and language widely used in special education. In 1965, Hart and Risley began more than 35 years of collaborative work at the University of Kansas, when they established preschool intervention programs in poverty neighborhoods in Kansas City. Their study of what children actually do and say in day care and preschool and their publications on incidental teaching from the empirical base for contemporary child-centered teaching practices in preschool and special education. Before his death in 2007, Dr. Risley was Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Alaska and Senior Scientist at the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies at The University of Kansas. He served on many national boards and commissions, as Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, as President of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy and of the behavioral division of the American Psychological Association, and as Alaska's Director of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Todd R. Risley, Ph.D.'s Books

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  • Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children

    ISBN: 978-1-55766-197-5


    More widely cited than ever before, this book presents findings on the disparities in daily interactions between parents and children of different socioeconmic backgrounds and the effect of these disparities on children's vocabulary and later intellectual performance.

    Hardcover $49.95 Qty:
  • Positive Behavioral Support

    ISBN: 978-1-55766-228-6


    This strategy-packed resource offers innovative intervention techniques and explores the planning and assistance needed to fully include individuals with challenging behavior at home, at school, and in the community.

    Paperback $39.95 Qty:
  • The Social World of Children Learning to Talk

    ISBN: 978-1-55766-420-4


    Based on data from 2-1/2 years of observing 1- and 2-year-old children learning to talk in their own homes, this book charts the month-by-month growth of the children's vocabulary, utterances, and use of grammatical structures and evaluates the effect of parent — child interactions on the language development process.

    Paperback $34.95 Qty:

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