Association for Behavior Analysis International

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47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

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Symposium #413
CE Offered: BACB
From Research Methodology to Practice: Examples of Functional Analyses in Practice
Monday, May 31, 2021
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Michele D. Wallace (California State University, Los Angeles)
Discussant: Stephanie M. Peterson (Western Michigan University)
CE Instructor: Michele D. Wallace, Ph.D.
Abstract: Methodological advancements of functional analysis procedures and variations have received significant attention over the last 35+ years; however, the demonstration of the systematic application of these advancements in practice is under served. The purpose of this symposium is to provide a systematic demonstration of the application of two variations of functional analysis methodology. The first paper, will discuss the application of the Low Rate Functional Analysis with one a client to assess and treat their self-injurious behavior. The second paper, will discuss the application of functional analyses within a Telehealth Service Delivery Model for two clients as a mean of assessing and treating their severe challenging behavior. Finally, our discussant will speak to the necessity of systematically demonstrating the practice of functional analysis methodology within real life situations (e.g., non-clinic based application from practitioners and during a pandemic).
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): functional analysis, Telehealth
Target Audience: Intermediate Prerequisite: knowledge of functional analysis methodology
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1) Modify and apply the Low Rate Functional Analysis methodology to meet client specific needs to conduct an appropriate assessment and utilize the information to develop a function based intervention. 2) Describe the appropriate steps, strengths, limitations, and provide solutions for barriers related to conducting FA via telehelath. 3) Modify various functional analysis methodology to appropriate meet the needs of their clients while simultaneously systematic evaluating functional analysis methodologies.

Effects of Sequence Variation on Low-Rate Functional Analysis

RICHARD COLOMBO (CABA), Michele D. Wallace (California State University, Los Angeles)

Low-rate functional analysis (FA) has a wide range of utility in the applied setting. When problem behavior rarely occurs, low-rate FA is useful. In other scenarios, it might be beneficial to use the procedures identified in low-rate FAs if problem behavior already poses a health and safety risk—removing the needed to evoke behavior further. The current presentation poses data on a low-rate FA across two condition sequences. When the participant showed self-injurious behavior, she was exposed to sequence one (control, attention, ignore) for the first and fourth phases of the study and sequence two (ignore, attention, control) for the second and third phases. Sequence one showed no differentiation among conditions while sequence two showed clear divergence from the control condition, indicating an automatic function. The intervention used the sequence identified in the FA to reduce the frequency of the self-injurious episodes. Keywords: low-rate functional analysis, sequence, automatically maintained, self-injury


Functional Analyses Conducted via Telehealth With Caregivers as Implementers

JESSLYN N. FARROS (Center for Applied Behavior Analysis (CABA)), David Legaspi (Center For Applied Behavior Analysis), Michele D. Wallace (California State University, Los Angeles)

Conducting efficient and accurate assessments is important especially given the situation with COVID-19, which has limited access to in-person comprehensive services. Identifying maintaining variables and developing effective treatment is of the utmost importance. Given the constraints, conducting those assessment across varying modalities is sometimes necessary, but accuracy is still important. Telehealth has significantly increased in the last few months and conducting effective Functional Analyses (FA) are critical. However, there are other situations in which telehealth FAs would be beneficial to assessment of problem behaviors. Such as remote locations, time constraints, and other environmental factors that may prevent assessors from entering the home. The following FAs were conducted via telehealth. The first FA was conducted using the parent as therapist, and the second was conducted using in-home staff as the implementors due to COVID-19 and the shelter-in-place. The succeeding discussion section evaluates the outcomes of both FAs, and suggests future directions concerning their implementation during pandemic altered environments. Keywords: functional analyses, telehealth, parent-led, parent training




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