Ecobehavioral Engineering: Considerations in Designing and Organizing Residential and Day Treatment Programs

  • Hewitt B. Clark
  • Craig K. Ichinose
  • Diana E. Naiman
Part of the Disorders of Human Learning, Behavior, and Communication book series (HUMAN LEARNING)


Ecobehavioral engineering is an extension of the notion that behavior is influenced not only by its immediate antecedents and consequences but also by the broader ecosystem in which it occurs (Rogers-Warren, 1984; Wahler & Fox, 1981). In day-care and residential programs for dependent populations (e.g., infants, preschool children, multihandicapped adolescents, developmentally disabled adults), this ecosystem has two fundamental properties (Mazis & Canter, 1979; Rogers-Warren, 1984). First, the action environment encompasses the broad array of therapeutic activities and services that a program provides for clients. This array includes not only the people and events that define specific treatment interventions (e.g., staff prompts and reinforcement, incidental teaching, generalization probes) but also the activities and conditions that support the treatment process (e.g., client activity schedules, staff supervision, ratio of clients to staff).


Program Goal Action Environment Group Home Apply Behavior Analysis Social Play 
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  • Hewitt B. Clark
  • Craig K. Ichinose
  • Diana E. Naiman

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