Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W66
CE Offered: None
Repairing a Behavior Plan That Isn't Working
Saturday, May 29, 2004
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Beacon E
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Theodosia R. Paclawskyj, Ed.D.
THEODOSIA R. PACLAWSKYJ (Kennedy Krieger Institute)
Description: The process of conducting behavioral assessment and treatment for individuals with developmental disabilities and behavior problems can consume a lot of time and resources. Therapists often become frustrated when what seems to be a well-designed behavior plan fails to improve a problem behavior, or when a plan that previously worked well seems to fall apart. This often leads to further treatment attempts that, when prolonged, lead to significant negative impact on the target individual and their immediate community. This presentation is intended to help the clinician identify weaknesses within three domains of a behavior plan: design, materials, and implementation. Using a model drawn from critical incident investigation, the presentation reviews factors such as human error (e.g., treatment integrity, false assumptions, etc.), mechanical failure (e.g., satiation, competing schedules of reinforcement, etc.), and design flaws (e.g., lack of valid functional assessment, consideration of establishing operations, etc.). State-of-the-art behavioral research is translated into a practical model that can be applied to evaluate a range of behavioral scenarios and allows the clinician to develop an enhanced perspective on successful and systematic behavioral assessment and treatment.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: Recognize, assess, and correct problems that affect the implementation of a behavior plan. Recognize, assess, and correct problems with specific materials or consequences used within a behavior plan. Recognize, assess, and correct problems in the design of a particular strategy used within a behavior plan. Develop a broader perspective of the necessary elements for the design of a successful behavior plan.
Activities: Participants will be involved in didactic presentation, discussion, and interactive activities; participants are encouraged to bring examples of problematic situations encountered in their own experiences.
Audience: Clinicians working in applied settings who develop and monitor behavioral treatment programs for individuals with developmental disabilities and behavior problems. Master's level therapists, supervising psychologists, behavior support staff, students, and family members are welcome. Participants should have a fundamental understanding of the principles of applied behavior analysis.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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