Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Paper Session #32
Community-Based Applied Behavior Analysis Intervention Approaches With Typical Teenagers
Saturday, May 29, 2010
1:30 PM–2:20 PM
Seguin (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CSE
Chair: Jennifer Sheridan (Solis Trust)
Decreasing Self-Harm, Property Destruction, and Assaultive Behaviours with a Typically Developing 14-Year-Old Girl
Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
LORNA A. HOGAN (The Solis Trust), Jennifer Sheridan (Solis Trust)
Abstract: The assessment and treatment of self-injurious behavior has received much attention in literature, particularly in developmental disabilities; however, few studies have focused on older service users, such as teenagers or those considered to be of neuro-typical development. A target behavior program, structured within positive reinforcement and skills building, was implemented to decrease the self-harming behaviour of a 14-year-old residential service user who exhibited high rates of self harming behaviour, property destruction and assaults on staff. A structured token economy project was developed. To affect this behaviour tokens earned daily were contingent upon achieving a predetermined average. Once the token economy was established the associated value of the token was increased in order to attain consistent responding. This plan included the tracking of compliancy across the day and across specific tasks found previously to be triggers for self harming. Negative self-talk was also tracked during these times. Further analysis also indicate failings in the program revolving around unstructured days, positive reinforcement is appropriate to reestablish consistent responding. The discussion focuses on the necessary restructuring of the design and the confounding variables influence on the results. This study is ongoing and data are to be collected.
Applied Behavior Analysis With "Typical'"Teens
Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
JENNIFER SHERIDAN (Solis Trust), Rita Honan (Trinity College Dublin)
Abstract: There is a wealth of literature focusing on using behavioural methods with individuals with autism and with people with intellectual disabilities and other developmental delays. However there is very little in relation to neurotypical teens with behavioural difficulties but no specific diagnosis. This paper focuses on , using behavioural principles to reduce challenging behaviour and teach adaptive behaviour in this under-represented population. Background is given on the limited literature and methods to introduce data collection to both residential care home settings and conventional home settings. Successful tactics and programmes are illustrated thru case studies targeting the reduction of assault, property damage, self-harm, absconding and nonattendance at school. Staff and parent training, consistency in programme implementation, working with other professionals, and the differences between working with people with disabilities and neurotypical teens are discussed.



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