Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W39
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Rediscover Your Roots: Using Discrepancy Analysis to Increase Learner Performance
Friday, May 23, 2014
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
W176a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: DDA/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Megan Miller, M.S.
MEGAN MILLER (Navigation Behavioral Consulting), STEVEN J. WARD (Whole Child Consulting LLC)
Description: Many behavior analysts are trained on curricula instead of receiving training on how to use behavior analytic research to analyze learner behavior. This is a skill set that one must possess to be an effective behavior analyst. While no one checklist, training, or curriculum can teach this skill in its entirety, the purpose of this workshop is to provide behavior analysts training on how to conduct a discrepancy analysis (determination of why a learner is performing poorly). The presenters will teach the participants how to conduct a discrepancy analysis, to practice analyzing learning behavior, and to solve learning problems.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) identify poor learner performance, (2) conduct a discrepancy analysis, (3) use a discrepancy analysis to improve learner performance, (4) teach learners to overcome common skill deficits that interfere with learner performance, and (5) address common challenging behaviors that interfere with learner performance
Activities: Participants will actively participate using guided notes, templates, role-playing, and vignettes.
Audience: BCBAs, BCaBAs, licensed psychologists, and other behavior analytic providers who need to learn how to conduct a more in-depth problem-solving analysis when their learners are not making progress. Attendees may have an in-depth understanding of behavior analysis and/or be relatively new to the field but have a lack of training or experience with using behavior analysis to determine why their clients are not making progress when using standard behavior analytic techniques such as reinforcement, prompting, shaping, differential reinforcement, and functionally analyzing challenging behavior.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): barriers, learner performance, troubleshooting



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