Assessments & Documentation

Completing assessments and documenting written plans are important components of an Applied Behavior Analysis program. These elements are critical to the success of your clients. These posts explain what you need to know!

Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP): The Complete Guide to Writing a Comprehensive Plan

A Behavior Intervention Plan provides a roadmap for reducing interfering behaviors. It guides treatment and ensures a consistent response when a child engages in a behavior. The plan includes select ABA interventions based on the function of the behavior, and specifies a plan to teach functionally-equivalent replacement behaviors. But writing an effective plan takes practice. This post will walk you through each component so nothing is missed.

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Course: Crafting a Well-Written Behavior Intervention Plan

This online course takes our post Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP): The Complete Guide to Writing a Comprehensive Plan even further by providing detailed instruction in the following areas:

  • Parts of a BIP
  • Common Antecedent, Skill Development and Consequence Interventions
  • Writing a Statement of Hypothesized Function
  • BIP Structure and Formatting
  • Increasing Efficiency in Your Writing

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Operational Definitions: Clearly Define the Behavior

Operational definitions are an important part of your plan. A clear operational definition allows for consistency in data collection and prevents confusion about whether a child has engaged in a behavior. This post will help you understand the key components of an effective definition and provides 9 examples of common behaviors.

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Course: Writing Operational Definitions

This free course provides even more information than our post Operational Definitions: Clearly Define the Behavior and includes sample definitions for the following behaviors:

  • Escape or Avoidance Behaviors
  • Access to Tangible Behaviors
  • Access to Attention Behaviors
  • Aggression
  • Self-Injurious Behavior
  • Non-Compliance
  • Flopping
  • Eloping
  • Tantrum
  • Crying/Screaming
  • Swearing
  • Throwing

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Data Collection Methods: Continuous vs Discontinuous Measurement in ABA

Applied Behavior Analysis is a science-driven approach to behavior that depends significantly on the accurate collection of data. When collecting data you can choose from a continuous data collection method (frequency, rate, duration, or latency) or a discontinuous data collection method (partial interval, whole interval, or momentary time sampling). How do you know which method is best? This post will tell you!

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ABC Data: The Key to Understanding Behavior

The term “ABC” refers to the context of a behavioral event, describing events that occur before and after a behavior you want to learn more about (antecedent, behavior and consequence). While this concept is often thought of in conjunction with reducing challenging behaviors, it is equally effective when teaching new skills. Here’s what you need to know about the ABCs of ABA!

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Functions of Behavior in ABA: Complete Guide

ABA uses the functions of behavior to understand behavior and why it occurs. When you accurately identify the function of a behavior, you answer the question: What does this person “get” out of engaging in this behavior. This answer allows you to select function-based interventions to address the behavior.

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Generalization: How teaching strategies and environment affect generalization

Generalization occurs when children learn a skill under one condition (i.e. specific staff, environment, etc) and demonstrate that skill under a different condition (i.e. different staff, different environment, etc.). Many children with autism require specific training to achieve this. The teaching strategy you select can impact your need to plan for generalization. Learn more.

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