Child Development from a Behavioral Perspective


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Hank Schlinger, Ph.D., BCBA-D

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm eastern (New York)

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This webinar will address the topic of infant and child development from a behavioral point of view. We will discuss basic concepts in development, such as the concept of development itself, the concepts of behavior and environment, and will address such issues as whether development is continuous or discontinuous (including the notion of stages of development), and the respective roles of nature (phylogeny) and nurture (ontogeny). The webinar will then briefly discuss the development of motor, (visual) perceptual, mnemonic and social-emotional behaviors, as well as behaviors that are called “cognitive,” with relevant examples from the typical child development literature. We will also evaluate some of the standard “theories” of development in terms of their explanatory power and parsimony. The webinar will place the concept of child development within a behavioral framework so that it can hopefully provide a roadmap for practitioners to ameliorate behavioral deficits in areas related to typical child development.

Target Audience: Professionals for whom the topic is within their scope of practice. We welcome students and others who are also interested in the topic to join us.


By the end of this event participants should be able to:

1. Recognize behavioral definitions of development and environment.
2. Identify examples of behaviors described with terms such as motor, (visual) perceptual, mnemonic, social-emotional and cognitive.
3. Recognize problems with standard “theories” of development.
4. Identify behavior-analytic explanations of behavioral development


Henry D. (Hank) Schlinger Jr. received his Ph.D. in psychology (applied behavior analysis) from Western Michigan University (WMU) under the supervision of Jack Michael. He then completed a two-year National Institutes of Health-funded post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral pharmacology, also at WMU, with Alan Poling. Dr. Schlinger was a full tenured professor of psychology at Western New England University in Springfield, MA, before moving to Los Angeles in 1998. He is now professor of psychology and former director of the M.S. Program in Applied Behavior Analysis in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Schlinger has published more than 80 scholarly articles, chapters, and commentaries in 35 different journals and books, including many on child development. He also has authored or co-authored three books, Psychology: A Behavioral Overview (1990), A Behavior-Analytic View of Child Development (1995) (which was translated into Japanese), and Introduction to Scientific Psychology (1998). He is past editor of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and The Behavior Analyst, and sits on the editorial boards of several other journals. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and on the Advisory Board of The B.F. Skinner Foundation and The Venus Project ( He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University in 2012, and the Jack Michael Award for Outstanding Contributions in Verbal Behavior from the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International in 2015.


The presenter and/or presenter’s family members do not have financial arrangement or affiliation with any of the products, organizations, or programs mentioned during this talk. Dr. Schlinger receives speaker fees for this presentation.


    • Behavior Analysts earn 2 CEUs (Learning) LIVE and RECORDING
    • Psychologists earn 2 CEs  LIVE and RECORDING
    • OTs earn .2 CEUs  LIVE and RECORDING
    • Social Workers earn 2 Clinical CEs LIVE only
    • Certified Counselors earn 2 CEs LIVE & RECORDING (Counseling Theory/Practice and the Counseling Relationship)


Please read the following information carefully:

    • You must attend the entire event to receive credit
    • Must pass post-test with 80% or above and submit all attendance codes
    • For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page


6:00 pm: Introduction
6:05 pm: Webinar begins
7:45 pm: Q&A session
8:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms