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.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Symposium #449
CE Offered: BACB
SAFMEDS: Historical Perspectives, State of the Art, and University Course Applications
Monday, May 27, 2019
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Fairmont, Lobby Level, Rouge
Area: TBA/EDC; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Donald M. Stenhoff (Arizona State University)
CE Instructor: Donald M. Stenhoff, Ph.D.

SAFMEDS (Say All Fast Minute Every Day Shuffled) is a well-tested and validated learning tool that has evolved with changing technologies. The effectiveness of SAFMEDS has been demonstrated across learners from preschool through college-aged individuals. As the amount of information increases, so does the need for college-aged leaners to acquire information at a high rate and to demonstrate acquisition from testing at universities to national board examinations. Thus, using SAFMEDS in college courses is an ideal way to meet the growing demands placed on students. In this symposium, the evolution of the technology and application of SAMEDS will be discussed. In the first presentation, the past, present, and future of SAFMEDS will be described. In the second presentation, the presenter will describe a study in which two SAFMEDS procedures were assessed and the effect on undergraduate student achievement in an introductory applied behavior analysis course. In the third presentation, the presenter will describe a study in which paper versus digital SAFMEDS were evaluated with master’s students in an applied behavior analysis program. Results will be discussed in terms of participant performance related to SAFMEDS format, and format preference.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): College teaching, Precision teaching, SAFMEDS, Standard celeration
Target Audience:

College instructors, BCBA supervisors, educators


SAFMEDS in the Digital Age

Richard Kubina (Penn State), Donald M. Stenhoff (Arizona State University), DOUGLAS E. KOSTEWICZ (University of Pittsburgh)

SAFMEDS offer a well-tested, validated learning tool aimed at generating behavioral fluency in verbal or graphic information. SAFMEDS (Say All Fast Minute Every Day Shuffled) have applicability spanning preschool to college-aged and beyond. From there inception SAFMEDS have appeared in mostly a paper medium. Instructors would create their SAFMEDS on paper or an Excel or Word template. The resulting paper product allowed learners to use practice and learn the targeted content anywhere. As Precision Teaching has evolved through the digital age so too has SAFMEDS. The current presentation will discuss the past, present, and future of SAFMEDS.

A Comparison of the Effects of Two Variations of SAFMEDS in an Introductory Undergraduate Behavior Analysis Course
JENNIFER WERTALIK (Armstrong State University), Andrew Bulla (Georgia Southern University - Armstrong ), Sal Ruiz (University of West Florida)
Abstract: SAFMEDS (Say All Fast Minute Every Day Shuffled) is a practice and assessment procedure developed to help students learn and build fluency on key facts (Graf & Lindsley, 2002). SAFMEDS is typically used to help students become fluent in definitions and basic concepts, thus making complex learning and later synthesis of concepts more likely. The present study examines the impact of two types of SAFMEDS procedures on student achievement. First, is the use of a traditional whole deck practice. Second, is dividing the deck into segments and practicing each segment to fluency. Participants include two sections of an Intro to ABA course at the undergraduate level. Results are displayed on a digital Standard Celeration Chart. Data demonstrate that students respond at higher rates with smaller deck segments, but make more errors when compared to a full deck practice model. A discussion of the benefits and detriments of each type of practice could guide future practice routines for students.
Comparing Paper and Digital SAFMEDS to Increase Masters Students’ Behavioral Terminology Fluency: Does Performance Differ by Format, and Which Format is Preferred?
DONALD M. STENHOFF (Arizona State University), Richard M. Kubina (Penn State)
Abstract: Students of behavior analysis are required to verbally demonstrate knowledge of dozens of behavioral terms and definitions during their programs. Their demonstration becomes more important for academic and career success when asked to overtly respond either vocally in class or answering items on national exams. A Precision Teaching methodology, SAFMEDS (Say All Fast a Minute Every Day Shuffled), was developed in the 1970s by Ogden Lindsey to increase behavioral fluency. SAFMEDS has been used to increase fluency of behavioral terminology with college students. Students typically use SAFMEDS that are printed on cards; however, researchers have also used SAFMEDS in digital format, presented on a computer or a handheld device. In this presentation, we will describe a study in which students in two courses in an on-campus Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program used both paper and digital formats to study behavioral terminology. The participants used both versions of SAFMEDS across three phases, which concluded with students selecting which format they preferred. Correct and incorrect responses were recorded in an online standard celeration chart. Results will be discussed in terms of participant performance related to SAFMEDS format, and format preference.



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