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.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Paper Session #370
Using Technology in Support of Practice
Monday, May 29, 2017
8:00 AM–8:20 AM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 2A
Area: PRA
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Rex Jakobovits (University of Washington; Experiad Solutions)
Field Test of Novel Therapy Management Software for Model-Based Intervention
Domain: Service Delivery
REX JAKOBOVITS (University of Washington; Experiad Solutions), Radu Bocirnea (Experiad Solutions), Stacey L. Shook (Northwest Behavior Associates; Washington Association for Behavior Analysis)
Abstract: Electronic data collection systems can help improve the efficiency of ABA practice, but the majority of providers still use paper methods. Through a large grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, we have developed and tested a new type of therapy management software called Motivity, which takes a novel approach to constructing and delivering ABA programs by allowing interventionists to define their teaching models using a high level markup language. A cloud-based application server generates individualized programs from the encoded models. This greatly streamlines the authoring and maintenance of program libraries, and enables a far more agile teaching process. The Motivity prototype was deployed to Northwest Behavioral Associates (NBA) for a 2-week field test to determine feasibility. Ten NBA staff members and seven families with children with autism were recruited to participate. NBA staff were able to successfully encode 37 out of 49 programs (76%), implementing a wide range of measures and mastery criteria. Staff then used Motivity to conduct therapy sessions two weeks, for a total of 31 sessions (81 hours). Staff were able to successfully perform 97% of data collection in the Motivity-enabled programs. All participants reported that Motivity provided sufficient expressiveness, improved efficiency, and increased speed of progress.



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