Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Symposium #74
CE Offered: BACB
Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) in Human Services
Saturday, May 27, 2017
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Hyatt Regency, Mineral Hall D-G
Area: OBM/VRB; Domain: Translational
Chair: Ansley Catherine Hodges (Florida Institute of Technology)
Discussant: Katie Nicholson (Florida Institute of Technology)
CE Instructor: Ansley Catherine Hodges, M.S.

Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) provides a useful technology and conceptual basis for changing the behavior of individuals in work settings. This symposium focuses on applications of OBM in human services agencies. The first presentation describe working in Early Intervention clinics for children with autism to improve their delivery of behavioral intervention. The second presentation describes and discusses the use of social validity measures in human services in the context of organizational and staff performance improvements.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Early Intervention, OBM, Social Validity, Verbal Behavior

Using OBM to Increase Staff Performance in Early Intervention

(Applied Research)
Ansley Catherine Hodges (Florida Institute of Technology), Nicole Gravina (Florida Institute of Technology), JAMES BEVACQUA (Nemours Children's Hospital)

In clinical settings, it is important to train behavior technicians to run programs correctly and maximize all teaching opportunities. In this study, the total number of teaching opportunities and the percentage of programs with at leave five learning opportunities was targeted for improvement. Results from the Performance Diagnostic Checklist-Human Services-2 assessment tool indicated staff fluency deficits. A Precision Teaching intervention was employed to increase fluency across skill acquisition programs. Results suggest that the intervention was effective in both increasing the number of total teaching trials per hour and increasing the number of programs with at least five teaching trials.

An Evaluation of the Effects of Video Modeling on Staff Implementation of Pre-Session Pairing
(Applied Research)
REGINA NASTRI (Florida Institute of Technology), Katie Nicholson (Florida Institute of Technology), Kristin M. Albert (Florida Institute of Technology), Lauren Stroker (Florida Institute of Technology), Marilynn Vanessa Colato (Florida Institute of Technology)
Abstract: Pre-session Pairing (PSP) is a procedure that has been recommended by popular early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) curriculum guides to help build rapport and increase compliance among children with autism. However, there is little technological description of how to implement the procedure. In addition, staff may not know how to build rapport with clients. Therefore, the purpose of this study is twofold: 1) to develop a technological description of the behaviors involved in pre-session pairing and 2) to train staff to implement the pairing procedure to mastery. A multiple baseline across participants design was used to evaluate the effects of video modeling with voiceover instruction on a task analysis of behaviors involved in the pairing procedure. Results indicated that staff from a university-based autism treatment center were able to master all components and demonstrated generalization with a real child. Implications for referring to this procedure as "pairing" will also be discussed.

Ensuring Social Validity in Your Human Service Operations

(Service Delivery)
SHANNON BIAGI (Florida Tech and ABA Technologies, Inc.), Manuel Rodriguez (ABA Technologies, Inc.)

Goals, procedures and outcomes oh my! Social validity is an important element to our practice and service. While you may be able to present some compelling data to show the impact of your behavioral intervention, there is one piece of data that can mean long-term success or failure for your plans, namely social validity. This presentation will highlight the importance of social validity, and a design for educating practitioners on including social validity as part of their practice. Emphasis will be placed on how social validity should be integrated before, during and following any behavioral intervention, and case examples towards raising the bar of our profession.




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