Date of Degree
Emily A. Jones
Applied Behavior Analysis
analytic efficiency, functional analyses, functional communication training, problem behavior, reinforcement thinning
Functional analyses allow a clinician to identify causal relations between environmental stimuli and problem behavior. Recent developments in functional analysis methodology have been devoted to creating practical procedures that can be conducted in a brief period of time. However, the extent to which improvements in analytic efficiency affect treatment outcomes have yet to be fully explored. We conducted a consecutive case series with 13 individuals who exhibited problem behavior. The participants experienced a comprehensive assessment and treatment program beginning with a functional analysis using 3-min sessions and ending with functional communication training and delay/denial tolerance training. Results demonstrated near elimination of problem behavior by the terminal treatment goal for all participants. This suggests that a clinician can still successfully treat problem behavior following relatively rapid assessment periods.
Fiani, Theresa, "Using Brief Session Duration During Functional Analysis
to Inform the Treatment of Problem Behavior in 13 Consecutive Cases" (2020). CUNY Academic Works.