Association for Behavior Analysis International

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30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

Workshop Details


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Workshop #W21
CE Offered: None
Writing a Quality Behavioral Intervention Plan Based on a Functional Behavior Assessment
Friday, May 28, 2004
10:00 AM–1:00 PM
Liberty A
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Laura A. Riffel, M.D.
LAURA A. RIFFEL (Behavioral Intervention Program)
Description: Using a direct method of functional behavior assessment, participants will actually work through a real data sample provided in workbook format. The Behavioral Intervention Program has developed a keyed Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence (ABC) data collection tool that simplifies data collection in the natural environment. Using previously recorded data, the participants will be able to analyze this data using keyed analysis tables looking for the function of the target behaviors. After completing the analysis tables, participants will be able to fill out a competing pathways chart for each targeted behavior. This will help participants understand the relationship of the behavior chain and how to break the behavior chain by teaching replacement behaviors that satisfy the same function. Finally, participants will be able to use the competing pathways chart to fill in any district required behavioral intervention plan and implement the plan.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: Understand the difference between direct and indirect methods of functional behavioral assessments. Understand the importance of defining target behaviors using objective descriptions that are observable and measurable. Use antecedent, behavior, and consequence (ABC) data collection tools to collect data samples. Analyze a ten-day data sample by plotting the data into tables provided in the workbook. Use the data in table format to complete a competing pathways behavior chain. Write a behavioral intervention plan based on data specific to each function of the target behaviors, utilizing the completed competing pathways behavior chain.
Activities: Using a provided workbook, participants will walk through a real ten-day sample of ABC data, analyze it, fill out a competing pathways chart, and discuss behavioral interventions that could be implemented to meet the functions of the student�s behaviors. The workbook also includes blank forms that may be used in the field. This workbook is currently used for post-graduate students taking Applied Behavior Analysis at Georgia State University and presented in workshop format to teachers in the state of Georgia who are responsible for collection FBA information. However, the workbook is so well written that a parent could attend the workshop and leave knowing how to complete an FBA on home behaviors.
Audience: Anyone who is interested in learning an easy method of collecting ABC data and what to do with it once they have it.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic

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