Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Workshop #W65
CE Offered: None
The Distinction between Functional Analysis and Functional Assessment
Saturday, May 27, 2006
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Area: EAB; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Amanda N. Adams, Ph.D.
AMANDA N. ADAMS (Wahoe County School District), JACLYN ANN SHANDY-PINTO (B.E.S.T. Consulting, Inc.), KIMBERLY A. WOOD (B.E.S.T. Consulting, Inc.)
Description: This workshop will train the audience on the difference between a functional assessment and a functional analysis when dealing with aberrant behavior. It will review the current literatures use of the terminology and the discrimination between experimental and non-experimental procedures. In addition, it will review various techniques and procedures that make up the functional assessment process- including but not limited to: indirect assessments, direct/descriptive assessments, experimental analyses, data collection, how to analyze and evaluate data, and the ethical implications to consider when implementing experimental procedures with children and adults.
Learning Objectives: 1. Discuss and discriminate between the terms "functional assessment" and "functional analysis" 2. Learn the different components that make-up a "functional assessment"- such as indirect assessments and direct assessments. 3. Learn when to implement an "analysis" and the ethical considerations of an "analysis" 4. Discuss contradictions between terminology use in behavioral literature. 5. Discuss future needs for research
Activities: Hands-on exercises such as the analysis of data.
Audience: Persons working in the field of autism.
Content Area: Theory
Instruction Level: Basic



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