PSY7713 WEEK 1

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Week 1


  • Interventions in ABA

    You are a BCBA supervising a home-based ABA program. Your client’s mother comes to you in tears because her child abruptly flops on the ground every time they go out in public. The entire family is affected, as they can no longer go on any social outings with your client. You realize this behavior may require an intervention. As the supervising BCBA, what would you do?

    This week, we will discuss several basic techniques to promote skill acquisition and decrease undesired behavior. You will learn about positive and negative reinforcement procedures to strengthen behavior. You will also learn how to contrive motivating operations and discriminative stimuli to encourage desirable behavior and decrease the likelihood of undesirable behavior. We will cover pairing procedures or what may be better described as developing rapport with your clients. Procedures for establishing and using conditioned reinforcers and using stimulus and response prompts to teach new behaviors will be addressed as well.


    • What You Need To Know: Expand your knowledge of the principle of reinforcement as well as prompting and transferring stimulus control.
    • Interactive Learning Module: Complete the ABA Case Study Interventions: Intervention Strategies interactive learning module.
    • Interactive Learning Module: Complete the ABA Terminology Flashcards for Week 1.
    • Prepare: Become familiar with the course assignments.
    • Assignment: Attend the two-hour Instructor Contact Session.
    • Discussion: Share an example of a teaching procedure related to prompting or transfer of stimulus control.
    • Quiz: Complete the Week 1 Quiz.
  • Daily Bonus: Thursday

    Log in every day, Monday through Friday, for a new question.

    Each question is worth 1 point of extra credit, and gives you a chance to practice material and learn more about the course.


  • Discussion Overview

    For this week’s discussion, share an example of a teaching procedure related to prompting or transfer of stimulus control, including the steps involved in utilizing the prompt and how it would ultimately be faded.

  • Quiz Overview

    This quiz will assess your understanding of the topics covered in the Week 1 readings.

  • What You Need to Know

    Interventions in ABA

    Teaching is a critical part of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Behavioral interventions can help create conditions conducive to teaching. The Week 1 readings will expand your knowledge on the principles of reinforcement, and you will learn more about prompting and transferring stimulus control, which will be critical strategies utilized in teaching procedures.

    • Miltenberger, R. G. (2016). Behavior modification: Principles and procedures (6th ed.). Cengage Learning.
      • Chapter 4, “Reinforcement,” pages 65–88.
      • Chapter 10, “Prompting and Transfer of Stimulus Control,” pages 181–200.
    • Seaver, J. P., & Bourret, J. C. (2019). Producing mands in concurrent operant environmentsJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 53(1), 366–384.

    Instructional Activities

    This week you will complete instructional activities through your participation in ICS, a quiz, and formative multimedia activities. The BCBA/BCaBA Task List (5th ed.) elements that will be covered during these activities include:

    • G-01: Use positive and negative reinforcement procedures to strengthen behavior.
    • G-02: Use interventions based on motivating operations and discriminative stimuli.
    • G-03: Establish and use conditioned reinforcers.
    • G-04: Use stimulus and response prompts and fading (such as errorless, most-to-least, least-to-most, prompt delay, and stimulus fading).

    Capella Compassion Code

    You may be directed to reflect on a section of the Capella Compassion Code in your ICS this week. Please remember to add any notes you find useful as you dive further into this code.

  • Interactive Learning Module: ABA Case Study Interventions: Intervention Strategies

    In this activity, you will read a scenario and create a sample behavior intervention plan from a list of options.

    Note: Although you will not receive a grade for this activity, you must complete it to pass the course.

    Follow the practices in the ABA Media Best Practices [DOCX] guide to have the best possible experience with the media and ensure you get credit for this activity.


  • Interactive Learning Module: ABA Terminology Flashcards – Week 1

    Each week, you are provided with resources to help you study and practice behavior analysis terminology. Mastering the terminology during your program will provide you with a solid foundation for developing examples of these terms and ultimately for practical application in the field.

    This media will help you master your knowledge of the terms used this week.

    Note: This media piece is included in your required instructional activities. Although you will not receive a grade for this activity, you must complete it to pass the course. You must answer each question correctly to receive credit for this activity.

    Follow the practices in the ABA Media Best Practices [DOCX] guide to have the best possible experience with the media and to ensure you get credit for this activity.


  • Prepare: Assignment Review

    Developing intervention plans is one of the most basic and important tasks for a behavior analyst. In this course, you will complete five assignments, each of which will be one piece in the development of a full intervention plan. You will recommend intervention goals based on client preferences, supporting environments, risks, constraints, and social validity. You will also design research-based interventions based on the principles of ABA and develop a plan to measure, generalize, and maintain intervention strategies. The five assignments are as follows:

    1. Week 2: Target Behavior and Outcome Criteria Definition.
      • For this assignment, you will use the case study and target behavior you developed for PSY7712. The behavior you identify for change must have social significance to the subject or subjects and be relevant to the quality of their daily lives. Once the behavior has been identified, it must be defined in observable, clear, objective, and measurable terms. In addition to defining the target behavior, you must identify and explain the outcome criteria for changing the behavior. The criteria must be tied to the social significance of the behavior and established before intervention efforts can begin.
    2. Week 5: Literature Review.
      • For the second assignment, you will examine nine peer-reviewed journal articles related to antecedent-based interventions, consequence-based interventions, and replacement-based interventions. You will identify common ABA concepts, principles, and methods used in the studies. Your literature review should provide the theoretical foundation for the strategies you are using in your Intervention Support Plan.
    3. Week 6: Measurement, Data Display, and Data-Based Decisions.
      • You will communicate the behavioral data available in your case study through graphic displays.
    4. Week 8: Intervention Support Plan.
      • You will create your intervention plan for the behavior change needed in your case study.
    5. Week 9: Caregiver Quick Reference Guide.
      • The objective of this assignment is to summarize the material you have developed in layperson’s terms so a caregiver or significant other could easily understand and use the material.

    Take some time early in the course to read the instructions and the scoring guides to learn the requirements for your assignments.

    ABA Research Guide

    To help you with any research related to these assignments, the Capella University Library has prepared this Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Research Guide. This ABA-specific research guide can help you select appropriate topics for assignments, search psychology databases, evaluate sources, search within professional journals, and find direct links to professional organization and association websites.

  • Assignment Instructions


    In this two-hour session, your instructor talks about specific topics related to ABA. Listen to the lecture, then respond to any ASR questions through polls, take part in small breakout groups, and engage in discussions with your peers and instructor in the chat area.

    ICSs are not graded, but you must attend and participate in seven of the 10 sessions to pass the course. Participation is defined as:

    • Attending ICS by phone or Zoom.
    • Actively providing spoken or written input during ICS.
    • Responding to the ASRs through polls in Zoom.
    • Being available if code words are given out by your instructor.

    It is strongly recommended that you view the recordings of any missed sessions to ensure that you are fully apprised of any important details of assignments, discussion posts, or other assigned work that may have been provided.

    Refer to Using Zoom as needed.

    Note: If you require assistive technology or alternative communication methods to participate in this activity, please contact to request accommodations.


    Your work will be evaluated using this criteria.



  • Write Your Discussion Post

    Prompting and Transferring Stimulus Control

    In this week’s readings, you learned about advanced teaching procedures using prompting and transferring of stimulus control. For this discussion, please write about a teaching procedure you use or imagine a teaching procedure in which prompting and transfer of stimulus control is utilized. Please walk us through the steps involved in utilizing the prompt, and how it would ultimately be faded.

    Response Guidelines

    Read the posts of your peers and respond to one. Your response should be substantive and demonstrate your understanding of the material. Which aspects of the post do you like or agree with? Are there areas that are unclear? Did the post spark questions that you would like to ask your peer? Be sure to keep your tone scholarly, respectful, and professional in all courseroom posts.


  • Quiz: Take the Quiz

    This quiz covers Week 1 elements from the BCBA/BCaBA Task List (5th ed.). This quiz will help you and your instructor assess your learning gains, mastery of the relevant learning objectives, and the following course competency:

    • Competency 2: Design research-based interventions for individual cases based on the principles of applied behavior analysis.

    Please read the following instructions carefully before beginning the quiz:

    • You must complete and submit the quiz by Sunday 11:59 p.m. CST.
    • Do not start the quiz until you have completed all weekly study activities. The quiz must be taken without reference to reading materials, study aids such as flash cards, or notes. A dictionary is permitted to check spelling; however, a glossary is not permitted. Contact with other learners or any informant during a quiz is expressly prohibited.
    • There is no time limit for this quiz.
    • You may take this quiz up to three times. Be sure to study content related to any incorrect answers before the next quiz attempt. The average of your scores will be recorded as your grade.

    Click the linked activity title to access the quiz. If you have any issues with the quiz, contact your instructor.

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