Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Workshop #W79
CE Offered: BACB
Be a Better Assessor: Revitalizing Data-Based Methods for Assessment
Saturday, May 29, 2010
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Crockett D (Grand Hyatt)
Area: DDA; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Gordon Paul, Ph.D.
LISA N. BRITTON (Spectrum Center), AMY CRYE (Spectrum Center), JOHN J. HEALEY (The Columbus Organization)
Description: Staff responsible for conducting functional assessments may be initially trained in several methods for conducting these assessments; however, due to expectations of their employer, competing contingencies, or drift, the assessor may not employ the necessary rigor when conducting these assessments. This workshop is designed to improve skills in various methods for conducting indirect and descriptive assessments and in analyzing the data from those assessments. The workshop highlights when to use particular types of assessment and how to do so appropriately. The indirect assessments discussed within this workshop include the motivational assessment scale (Durand & Crimmons, 1988) and the functional analysis screening tool (Iwata & DeLeon, 1995). The descriptive assessments discussed within this workshop include scatterplots, activity assessments, narrative recording, structured ABC, interval ABC, and antecedent assessments. Attendees will learn about these assessments and data collection methods associated with them. 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 do the following: 1. state the benefits and limitations of indirect assessments; 2. list several types of descriptive assessments and how to collect data with those assessments; 3. analyze data utilizing probabilities and background probabilities.
Activities: The workshop will include practice using indirect assessments, collecting descriptive assessment data, conducting probabilities and background probabilities, and looking at graphs and making data-based decisions based on those graphs.
Audience: Practitioners with a degree in behavior analysis who are responsible for conducting functional assessments.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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