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.


49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Paper Session #45A
CE Offered: BACB
Using a Behavioral Analytic Approach to Support Students in a Constructivist Preschool Setting
Saturday, May 27, 2023
12:00 PM–12:25 PM
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 4
Area: DEV
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Kavya Kandarpa (University of Cincinnati)
CE Instructor: Kavya Kandarpa, M.S.
Using a Behavioral Analytic Approach to Support Students in a Constructivist Preschool Setting
Domain: Applied Research
KAVYA KANDARPA (University of Cincinnati), Mary Stepanek (University of Cincinnati), Kara Acosta (University of Cincinnati), JOSALYN ACCOYA FOSTER (University of Cincinnati), Catelyn Smeyne (University of Cincinnati), Alexis Blackmon (University of Cincinnati)
Abstract: Early childhood education settings allow children to develop relationships with adults and peers, practice social and emotional skills, habituate to daily routines, and establish age-appropriate behavioral and academic skills (McMullen et al., 2020). Preschool children have initial opportunities to socially interact with peers while learning developmentally appropriate behaviors expected at this age (Stanton-Chapman, 2015). While research has shown that preschoolers may benefit from a constructivist approach and experiential learning model where peers can learn social and behavioral skills from each other (Carr & Boat, 2019; Gealy et al., 2022; Huitt & Hummel, 2003), some students may need more instruction, modeling, practice opportunities, and behavior-specific feedback from school support staff to be successful (Gresham et al., 2001). When consulting with school staff who practice a different orientation compared to behavioral consultants, it is important to collaboratively define and measure the target variables, plan and implement the intervention, and collect data. The purpose of this presentation will be to display data from cases that used behavior analysis and a behavioral orientation to support students through behavioral consultation with school teachers who employ a constructivist and experiential teaching model.



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