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 #W13
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Solving Behavior Problems With Precision Teaching
Friday, May 23, 2014
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
W184a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: AUT/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Richard M. Kubina Jr., Ph.D.
RICHARD M. KUBINA JR. (Penn State), KIRSTEN K. YURICH (The Vista School)
Description: The stakes for producing behavioral change have never been higher. General education, special education, early childhood, and even higher education have increasingly become the focal point for effective behavior change technologies. Precision teaching (PT) provides one important part of the solution for addressing behavior problems: an applied scientific measurement system offering the most powerful methods for selecting and identifying behavior; recording behavior; visually displaying data; facilitating timely, learner centered changes; and providing recursive problem solving. Solving behavior problems by adopting the PT framework of the Is-Does Problem Solving System is important for all behavior analysts. The system was developed to uncover orderly relations between behavior and the environment. The Is-Does System includes (1) precise, action-based descriptions of behavior within the context of environmental events; (2) sensitive measurements of behavior with frequency/rate; (3) data monitoring and analysis on standard celeration charts; and (4) decision making. Equipped with this information, behavior analysts precisely engineer effective learning environments, implement intensive data monitoring procedures, and employ ongoing decision making. The workshop provides explicit instruction on the components of the Is-Does Problem Solving System. Applicable materials are provided to participants.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) categorize environmental variables across programs, program events, pinpoints and movement cycles, and arrangements and arranged events; (2) state the steps involved in systematically analyzing environments when developing and modifying behavior change programs using the Is-Does Problem Solving System; and (3) complete the Is-Does Planning Sheet using presenter and participant generated examples.
Activities: The six-hour workshop activities will instruct participants to use the Is-Does Problem Solving System to systematically evaluate environmental variables to solve behavioral challenges. The format combines lecture, small group activities, guided practice, and frequency building exercises focused on the components of the Is-Does Problem Solving System. Participants will further evaluate behavioral data on standard celeration charts. Participants will label behavior change pictures, celeration, and bounce significance.
Audience: This workshop is designed for BACB certificants and licensed psychologists, teachers, precision teachers, behavior analysts, supervisors, or anyone with responsibility for systematically evaluating individual performances and learning environments in order to produce maximum behavior change. The material presented will be appropriate for participants with a moderate understanding of behavior analysis and/or a minimal knowledge of precision teaching, as well as those well versed in traditional practices. The workshop is specifically designed for individuals who routinely review learner behavior and have the responsibility to modify programming in order to produce positive learning outcomes and improve behavior challenges.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Behavior problems, Decision making, Precision Teaching, Problem solving



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