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.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Panel #153
CE Offered: BACB/QABA — 
The Ethical Considerations of Assent in the Development of Instructional Motivation
Saturday, May 29, 2021
6:00 PM–6:50 PM
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Megan Miller, Ph.D.
Chair: Megan Miller (The Do Better Collective)
MEGAN MILLER (The Do Better Collective)
EMILY WILSON (Blossom Behavioral Services)
ROBERT SCHRAMM (Robert Schramm Consulting Knospe-ABA Meridian Rehab)

Behavior analytic intervention programs frequently include the use of forced prompting to earn compliance with demands and reduce escape maintained challenging behavior. This approach is "effective" but raises ethical concerns relating to providing the least restrictive and most humane intervention that maintains the assent of the learner throughout the learning process. The purpose of this panel is to explore ethical considerations regarding the use of forced prompting and other extinction procedures by drawing from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board's Ethical and Professional Compliance Code (2014), Van Houten et al. (1988), and Pritchett et al. (2020). Each panelist will explore how which aspects of the 7 Steps to Earning Instructional Control addresses these ethical considerations and share what modifications they have made to their own practices to ensure they are maintaining assent with learners in delivering behavior analytic services and developing a strong teaching relationship focused on instructional motivation.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

The target audience for this presentation are individuals who have implemented extinction procedures and address challenging behavior in their day to day practice when teaching in a school, clinic, or home.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Identify at least 1 benefit to using advancements in functional analysis technologies 2. Explain at least 1 ethical consideration regarding extinction 3. Describe the importance of maintaining analysis in developing behavior intervention plans 4. Describe at least 1 general guideline to follow when addressing challenging behavior 5. Describe the importance of maintaining learner assent during the intervention process
Keyword(s): assent, extinction alternatives, instructional control, instructional motivation



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