Association for Behavior Analysis International

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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Symposium #30
CE Offered: BACB
Analyzing Supervision and Training Issues
Saturday, May 23, 2015
1:00 PM–2:50 PM
202AB (CC)
Area: OBM/PRA; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Michele D. Wallace (California State University, Los Angeles)
Discussant: Michele D. Wallace (California State University, Los Angeles)
CE Instructor: Michele D. Wallace, Ph.D.
Abstract: This symposium will address some common needs with respect to supervision and training across parents and staff. The first presentation will address a pyramidal behavior skills training approach utilized to train parents on implementation of a differential reinforcement procedure. The second address will focus on the use of fake data to get parents to implement their child's intervention with integrity. The third presentation will address the use of live-streaming to conduct behavior analytic supervision with staff. The fourth paper will address the use of video modeling to train staff on how to implement naturalistic teaching techniques. This symposium will focus on state of the art research procedures and how they can be employed in clinical practice to address supervision and training needs in the real world.
Keyword(s): supervision, training
Pyramidal Parent Training Using Behavioral Skills Training: Training Caregivers in the Use of a Differential Reinforcement Procedure
SARAH CONKLIN (California State University Los Angeles), Michele D. Wallace (California State University, Los Angeles)
Abstract: Six caregivers participated in a study in which behavioral skills training (BST) was used within a pyramidal training model to train a differential reinforcement of an alternative behavior (DRA) procedure. The caregivers were split into two tiers of 3 caregivers each. The experimenter trained tier-one caregivers who then trained tier-two caregivers after meeting a predetermined criterion. Caregivers identified a problem behavior to decrease, and an appropriate behavior to increase. A multiple baseline design across participants was used to evaluate the effectiveness of appropriate responding. During baseline, caregivers did not appropriately respond when a confederate emitted the target behavior. Following training, caregivers were able to implement a DRA procedure, responding appropriately to the target behavior at a mean of 96% (90-100%). Moreover, tier-one caregivers successfully trained tier-two caregivers in the same procedure obtaining similar results. A maintenance probe demonstrated appropriate responding at mean of 96% (90-100%) across both tiers.
The Metaphorical Carrot: Presentation of Exemplary Data to Increase Treatment Integrity in Parent Implemented Interventions
RAYMOND JUAREZ (SEEK Education, Inc.), Michele D. Wallace (California State University, Los Angeles)
Abstract: The effects of exemplary data presentation to parents of children with autism were evaluated to increase their treatment integrity of intervention implementation. Following implementation of their assigned intervention plan, exemplary data of faux child’s progress was presented to each of three participants with a verbal statement indicating that their child could make these improvements if they implemented the behavioral plan with fidelity. Results indicated a moderate increase in treatment integrity when compared to baseline conditions.
Behavior Consultation: Staff Training via Live-Streaming
JOSE SANCHEZ (university of Reno, nevada), Michele D. Wallace (California State University, Los Angeles)
Abstract: The current study evaluated the use of live-streaming during behavioral consultation in order to provide cost-effective consultation in a metropolitan city. Two staff members, providing direct behavior analytic services to children with autism, participated. First, an exam was utilized as a screening tool to determine the participants’ competence level. Then, baseline measurements were taken to determine participants’ current skill level in implementing Discrete Trial Training (DTT) lessons. Subsequently, three consultation sessions were conducted via live-streaming, wherein participants were provided with feedback regarding their performance. Results demonstrated a dramatic increase in performance with respect to the implementation of DTT during the consultation phase. Thus, the results support the use of live-streaming behavioral consultation. Implications with respect to cost-effectiveness and efficiency of live-streaming behavioral consultation are discussed as well as future research.
Increasing Staff Performance on Naturalistic Teaching Strategies Using Video Modeling
VIKANDA MEECHAN (Seek Education, Inc., California State University, Los Angeles), Michele D. Wallace (California State University, Los Angeles)
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to train staff on implementing naturalistic teaching strategies to present learning opportunities within the context of play using video modeling. Two different types of video modeling were compared; the videos either demonstrated what therapists should do or what they should not do. Six participants were randomly assigned to watch each type of video. Participants who did not meet the mastery criterion after viewing the first video were presented with the other video modeling. If they still did not meet the criterion, feedback was presented. Results indicated that both types of video modeling and feedback were required for four participants. One participant met the criterion after watching the correct video modeling while another participant met the criterion after watching both types of video modeling without feedback. Implications of video modeling and feedback are discussed.



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