Association for Behavior Analysis International

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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Panel #397
PDS EVENT: Introduction to Preference Assessments
Monday, May 26, 2014
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
W184d (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: PRA/DDA; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Erin Smith (The Sage Colleges)
CHERYL J. DAVIS (7 Dimensions Consulting)
ISER GUILLERMO DELEON (Kennedy Krieger Institute)
BENJAMIN C. MAURO ( The Sage Colleges, Center for Applied Behavior Analysis)

Conducting preference assessment to identify potential reinforcers is one of the first steps in managing the behavior of individuals with developmental disabilities. Different types of preference assessment are utilized based on the abilities of the individual. Preference assessments may seem fairly simple; however, there is a complexity that involves the incorporation of motivating operations that takes notice of environmental and ecological variables that are in play. This panel includes 3 notable behavior analysts who have experience working with preference assessments. This presentation will review recent research on preference assessments, constraints upon choice involving phylogentically-important events (PIE) and the “ecological fit” of reinforcers and their implications for a model of reinforcer selection. Learning what individuals prefer under specific circumstances is essential to provide appropriate reinforcement options during programming. Finally, panelist will answer audience questions and provide recommendations to those interested in working or conducting research in preference assessments.

Keyword(s): PIEs, preference assessments



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