Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Workshop #W57
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
A Software System for Shaping Reliable Behavioral Tacting and Intervention Skills During Staff or Student Training
Friday, May 26, 2006
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Area: TBA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Roger D. Ray, Ph.D.
ROGER D. RAY ((AI)2, Inc.; Rollins College), JESSICA M. RAY (Rollins College)
Description: Reliable identification of client behaviors requiring different intervention strategies (reinforcement, extinction, time out, etc.) is a prerequisite to offering consistent services by various staff members. Thus training staff to observe and tact client behaviors is a fundamental starting point across many types facilities and client services. But there is rarely an efficient means for such training, much less measuring how reliable behavioral tacting and interventions might be. This workshop is designed to give participants experience with a new software training system that shapes observational, tacting, and intervention-decision making skills. This software tool is also useful in teaching researcher observation and recording skills and for calibrating inter-observer reliability in research settings. With the aid of this software system, participants will take an active role in constructing alternative training coding schemes for tacting video-based client behaivors. Participants will learn how to load such coding schemes into the software system; will engage in coding a brief video so the file may be used as an expert reference for automated training feedback; and will learn how to access the detailed statistical analysis of behavioral sequences observed in the session. Further, inter-observer reliability scores, as measured by simple percent agreement as well as Cohens Kappa, will be demonstrated.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: � Use software-based shaping procedures to shape observational and intervention-identification skills in someone else. � Apply behavioral principles to teach observational techniques in staff training situations � Build a simple behavioral tacting scheme to use within the software system. � Link any external digital video file to the software for customizing the training environment. � Use alternative levels of successive approximation to shape expert intervention-identifications of a selected video. � Explain unconditional and conditional behavioral probabilities and their meaning to others. � Code and save a sample training file as well as measure the inter-observer reliability between this file and the expert reference file.
Activities: Activities will include an interactive review of observational foundations including methods of sequential analysis; introduction to and detailed use of new software which uses shaping principles to teach observation and tacting skills; hands-on experience in creating coding schemes, actually coding behavior via a video, and analyzing session data.
Audience: Teachers and trainers who have a need for teaching others how to reliably identify and describe behaviors in need of intervention across various settings.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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