Association for Behavior Analysis International

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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Symposium #243
Evaluating the Efficacy of Staff Training Procedure
Monday, May 30, 2016
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Vevey 3 & 4, Swissotel
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Adam Thornton Brewer (Florida Institute of Technology)
Abstract: The training of staff in organizational settings is crucial to any growing business. Ineffective training may lead staff members to implement procedures with low procedural integrity due to a lack of knowledge or skills. Organizations have used various formats to effectively train individuals. The following three studies looked at the efficacy of various staff training procedures in organizational settings. The purpose of the first study was to analyze the effects of ASRs on initial SAFMEDS measures with thirty behavior line technicians receiving registered behavior technician training. The second study evaluated a treatment package implemented to decrease the number of staff and client injuries during one-to-one behavior intervention session in schools and home settings. The final study compared the application of guided notes, fully completed notes, and no notes used in the context of computer-based instruction in an organizational setting and evaluated scores on quizzes and trials to passing criterion. The results of each study are presented in this symposium.
Keyword(s): ASRs, guided notes, SAFMEDS, staff training

An Analysis of Types of Active Student Responding on Fluency Within SAFMEDS Following Online Registered Behavior Technician Training

MARY ONEAL (Holy Angels), Todd Haydon (University of Cincinnati), Gregory Richmond Mancil (Louisiana Tech University)

Children with autism often become obsessed with just one or small set of items, which can relate to higher levels of challenging behaviors (Mancil, 2009). Thus, the purpose of this study was to examine the effects of pairing procedures between preferred items and novelty items and the effects on subsequent item engagement and challenging behaviors during operant play conditions. A multi-element design was used to compare engagement time and challenging behaviors between highly preferred items and novelty items. Data was collected via iPad during 5-minute sessions. Prior to pairing procedures, preference assessments were conducted keeping response effort levels equal across items to identify the highly preferred items. In addition, novelty items were identified for each participant and tested to ensure a zero level of engagement prior to pairing. Novelty items were paired with highly preferred items for each participant. Pairing procedures consisted of requiring the participant to engage with the novelty item with the highly preferred item simultaneously. Results indicate that participants engaged in play with novelty items for significantly higher periods of time and challenging behaviors decreased following pairing procedures with highly preferred items. This study potentially impacts planning for individuals with limited preferences and obsessive interests.


An Evaluation of the Effects of a Treatment Package to Decrease the Number of Staff and Client Injuries in the Workplace

MEGAN D. ACLAN (Intercare Therapy, Inc.)

Behavior based safety (BBS) focuses on reducing the number of injuries and illnesses in the workplace. Although the application of BBS techniques is commonly reported in the fields of aviation, transportation, and factories, the application of BBS techniques in behavioral agencies is limited. In the present investigation, a treatment package was implemented to decrease the number of staff and client injuries during 1:1 behavior intervention session in the school and home setting. There were 100 participants in the current study consisting of BCBA supervisors, mid-level supervisors, and behavior interventionists. The treatment package consisted of: didactic teaching, role play, modeling, and feedback on the policies and procedures to prevent injuries, systems of reporting incidents, and manipulating the environment to decrease future incidents to staff members throughout their tenure at their behavioral agency. Data were collected on the number of staff incidents before and after the implementation of the treatment package, as well as, the number of client injuries reported to the funding sources.

An Evaluation of Guided Notes in Computer-Based Instruction
DENNIS URIARTE (Florida Intstitute of Technology)
Abstract: Guided notes are handouts that orient students to the key words in a lecture by providing a format that includes basic background information with standard cues and spaces for students to write significant points. The use of guided notes has been used in traditional classroom lectures, but to date, little research has integrated guided notes into computer-based instruction for organizations. The purpose of the current study was to extend the current research on guided notes by comparing its application to the use of fully completed notes and no notes in the context of computer-based instruction. Specifically, the study aimed to compare the first attempt quiz scores and trials to criterion of participants following the use of guided notes compared to quiz scores and trials to criterion following the use of fully completed notes and no notes. Generally, data paths for all participants indicated undifferentiated patterns of responding between all three conditions. Results of a social validity survey indicated that participants generally preferred when notes (either guided or fully completed) were provided



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