Posted: September 26th, 2023
As a practicing independent Behavior Analyst, you have received an email from a staff member representing a provider of education and/or human services requesting your services. Specifically, this staff member has asked you to meet with other staff and/or administrators to develop a behavior intervention plan for a third-grade student at a local elementary school. This student is demonstrating significant problem behaviors in the form of disruptive behaviors in his classroom and in other settings within the school (lunch, recess, specials, etc.). Disruptive behaviors have been termed “aggressive” and “non-compliant” by school staff.
Begin by specifying the referral problem. Be creative and consider the type of provider that has requested your services, the client, and provide operational definitions for the problem behaviors indicated in the scenario.
In a script or narrative format, provide information to the members of the “planning” meeting including the following:
The staff that you are presenting to think that, as a Behavior Analyst, you will be able to develop a behavior plan on the spot during this meeting that is both easy to administer and effective at modifying the behavior of the client in question. The staff clearly knows nothing about behavioral assessment processes. It is your job to assist them in understanding the process of Functional Behavioral Assessment and its necessity before any interventions can be developed and implemented. Be sure to discuss antecedent stimuli and consequence stimuli based on the function (purpose) that the target (problem) behavior serves and not the choice of intervention.
The goal is to identify variables that are related to the occurrence of the problem behavior, not to develop an intervention. Be mindful of making solid choices of the procedures you will be highlighting based on the scenario presented as well as rationales for your choices.
• DO NOT focus on the use of diagnoses or labels.
• You may take creative license and add to the scenario by fleshing out the student’s history or presenting problems if you choose.
Indirect Assessment Tools/Procedures:
• Review of records • Analysis of rating scale results • Interviews • Behavior-Analytic Problem-Solving Interview (BAPS-I) • Behavioral Stream Interview (BSI) Directive Descriptive Tools / Procedures: • The Functional Behavioral Assessment Form • Incident-Based Functional Assessment Form • Conditional Probability Record • Interval Recording Procedures • Task Analysis Recording Procedure
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