Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W85
CE Offered: BACB
CANCELLED: Conducting Indirect and Descriptive Assessments of Challenging Behaviors
Saturday, May 23, 2009
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
North 128
Area: DDA; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Adel C. Najdowski, Ph.D.
LISA N. BRITTON (Spectrum Center), Amy Crye (Spectrum Center), John J. Healey (Spectrum Center Schools)
Description: This workshop will focus on various methods for conducting indirect and descriptive assessments. The indirect assessments discussed within this workshop include the Motivational Assessment Scale (Durand & Crimmons, 1988) and the Functional Analysis Screening Tool (Iwata & DeLeon, 1995/2005). The descriptive assessments discussed within this workshop include scatterplots, activity assessments, narrative recording, structured A-B-C, interval A-B-C, and antecedent assessments. Attendees will learn about these assessments including the advantages and disadvantages for each type of assessment. In addition, participants will learn about the data collection methods associated with these assessments. Participants will practice collecting assessment data and learn how to analyze the results. The data analysis component will include information regarding calculating conditional probabilities and background probabilities. Finally, the workshop will cover graphical display and data interpretation.
Learning Objectives: At the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to state the advantages and disadvantages of each type of assessment discussed. At the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to collect assessment data and analyze the results. At the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to calculate conditional probabilites and background probabilities.
Activities: Practice using indirect assessment tools Practice collecting direct observation data Practice calculating conditional probabilities and background probabilities
Audience: Practitioners within the field responsible for conducting functional assessments
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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