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.


38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W45
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
DIY Behavioral Tool Kit: Developing and Implementing Behavior Support Plans in a Private School Setting
Friday, May 25, 2012
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
306 (Convention Center)
Area: DDA/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Dipti Mudgal, Ph.D.
DIPTI MUDGAL (May Institute), JENNIFER M. DERDERIAN (May Institute)
Description: A behavior support plan (BSP) is developed to serve as a guide for treatment agents to proactively and reactively address maladaptive behaviors and increase appropriate behaviors (e.g., social skills). This workshop is designed to train professionals to adapt the BSP development process from our program into their existing practice and skill set. Various stages of the BSP development (e.g., data collection, behavioral assessments, development of function based intervention, and antecedent manipulation) will be explained. Case examples will be presented to illustrate the BSP process across different target behaviors. Overall, participants will gain skills in how to define target behaviors, collect data, design behavior support plans based on the function of the behavior, train staff, and monitor treatment integrity. Participants will receive handouts (e.g., data sheets, forms, BSPs, and other materials) and participate in small- and large-group activities to practice various stages within the BSP development process such as identifying and defining target behaviors in objective and measurable terms, developing hypotheses about the function of behaviors, and designing function based intervention strategies based on case data.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:
  • Employ the process used by a private school for students with brain injury to develop behavior support plans
  • Practice identifying and defining target behaviors and collect relevant data
  • Practice developing hypotheses about the function of behaviors
  • Practice designing interventions linked to function of the behavior
Activities: Participants will be involved in didactic presentation, discussion, and interactive activities.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for clinicians working with developmentally disabled children with behavior problems. Master's level therapists, psychologists, and family members are welcome. Participants should have a fundamental understanding of the principles of applied behavior analysis.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Response Cost, Token Economy, Visual Schedule



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