Association for Behavior Analysis International

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First International Conference; Italy, 2001

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Paper Session #45
Behavior Management Flow Chart
Thursday, November 29, 2001
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Barbantini Hall
Area: CBM
Chair: Thomas P. Gumpel (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Unique Characteristics of the Behavior Management Flow Chart
Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
JEFFREY DANFORTH (Eastern Connecticut State University)
Abstract: A review of component analyses that isolated different child behavior management strategies was conducted. Based upon this review, a task analysis of the steps adults can take to manage child misbehavior was completed. The task analysis conceptualizes the adults’ behavior as a chain of responses. The Behavior Management Flow Chart (BMFC) is a flow chart of the task analysis. The BMFC provides a synthesis of behavior management literature; a clear portrayal of responses adults may emit to manage child misbehavior. This address highlights critical differences between the BMFC and well-known behavior management training programs that are based on the Hanf (1969) model. The BMFC is not a 2- step program. The child-focused component is eliminated. Instead, adults are taught skills in a forward chaining manner based upon the task analysis. Differences between the BMFC and other behavior management programs include (a) characteristics of the form of the command, (b) timeout in locations other than a chair, (c) de-emphasizing physical controls to backup timeout resistance, and (d) options that allow adults to adapt to acute demands. Any adult in any setting may use the BMFC, and there is no token system. The component analysis reveals unresolved issues in child behavior management research.



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