Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

Event Details

Previous Page


Panel #497
CE Offered: BACB
Behavioral Instruction in the Mainstream: Headsprout's Accomplishments and Challenges
Monday, May 29, 2017
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Convention Center 405
Area: EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Janet S. Twyman, Ph.D.
Chair: Janet S. Twyman (Center on Innovations in Learning)
CORINNA F. GRINDLE (Bangor University)
MARTA LEON (Learning A-Z)

Behavior analysts frequently lament the lack of global impact of behavior-analytic philosophy and application, especially in "mainstream" domains such as general education, healthcare, or policy. This panel will share the achievements and challenges of a behavior-analytic program that is widely used in a mainstream context. Headsprout, an online program created by behavior analysts, teaches early reading and reading comprehension and is used in schools around the globe. Panelists will discuss how Headsprout became "mainstream," as well as the difficulty most "laypeople" have understanding the design behind the program and why it does not follow the approach used by most other instructional programs. Discussion will cover objections from traditional educators, the increasing requirements and challenges facing all instructional programs (regardless of philosophy), and how Headsprout has managed to maintain and increase adoption across the years (including effectiveness data and what has been learned through wide-spread implementation). Behavior analysis can make an impact through wide-scale applications, and the experiences of Headsprouts creators and implementers might help inform scientists and practitioners who aim for that goal.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Headsprout, instructional design, reading, reading comprehension



Back to Top
Modifed by Eddie Soh