Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #140
CE Offered: BACB
PDS: The Use of Practical Functional Assessment and Skill Based Treatment in School Settings: Examples for Practitioners
Saturday, May 25, 2024
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon G
Area: EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Ron DeMuesy, M.Ed.
Chair: Ron DeMuesy (Dublin City Schools)
CELIA HEYMAN (Capella University / FTF Behavioral Consulting)
JENNIFER NIERADKA (Ottawa Catholic School Board)
ED SIDEY (SEARCH- FTF- Associate Consultant)

Since its introduction in 2014, the use of Practical Functional Assessment (PFA) and Skill Based Treatment (SBT) has been demonstrated to reliably produce important outcomes for clients in clinical settings. More recently, these procedures have found their way into school settings. The implementation of PFA and SBT can present unique challenges in school settings for many reasons including staff training, time allocation and administrative approval. Despite these obstacles, many practitioners have been able to add to the existing knowledge base by replicating important outcomes to schools. This panel discussion will explore the implementation of PFA and SBT across a variety of school settings with the intent of providing practitioners with examples of challenges faced during implementation of PFA and SBT as well as solutions that have led to important outcomes for students, staff and school environments. Individual student data, along with school climate data and system based outcomes will be shared to illustrate the effectiveness of PFA and SBT.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Audience Members should have a basic understanding of Practical Functional Assessment and Skill Based Treatment

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe the obstacles/variables that may occur while trying to implement PFA/SBT in School Settings (2) describe the various solutions to the implementation issues as offered by the panelists; (3) discuss the indicators that allow for successful implementation of PFA/SBT at the student, classroom and school level.



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