PSY7713 WEEK 3

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Week 3

  • Basic Intervention Components in ABA

    In teaching complex social behavior repertoires to your client, modeling and imitation will be two key areas to focus on. Teaching your client to imitate and model your behavior will be an important first step in this skill generalizing in the natural environment. When we start teaching these behaviors, there are a few avenues to explore. We could teach imitating a sound we make. We could roll the child’s favorite toy car and then have them do the same thing. We could even engage in a gross motor movement such as clapping hands and have the client copy. What would you do?

    Modeling and imitation training consists of physical movements that are antecedent stimuli that evoke behavior. An evoked behavior must look the same and control the imitative behavior. Once an individual imitates, various skills can be taught. This week, you will be introduced to shaping, which is a commonly used teaching technique in many skill acquisition procedures. You will also be taught chaining, a very commonly used teaching procedure. Chaining consists of breaking complex skills down into small, easily achievable steps that are taught in forward or reverse order.


    • What You Need To Know: Explore shaping, chaining, imitation, and modeling.
    • Interactive Learning Module: Complete the Autism: Challenging Behavior – Part 2 learning module.
    • Interactive Learning Module: Complete the Week 3 ABA Terminology Flashcards.
    • Assignment: Attend the two-hour Instructor Contact Session.
    • Discussion: Discuss the steps involved in using shaping to address a behavior.
    • Quiz: Complete the Week 3 Quiz.
    • Research: Begin researching for your literature review.
  • Discussion Overview

    For this discussion, identify a behavior that would best be addressed using shaping and outline the steps and considerations involved in using shaping to address that behavior.

  • Quiz Overview

    This quiz will assess your understanding of the topics covered in the Week 3 readings.

  • What You Need to Know

    Basic Intervention Components in ABA

    There are many elements of an effective behavior intervention. As there are thousands of skills we might teach a learner, it is important for practitioners to be aware of the many different teaching techniques. In this week’s readings, you will learn about teaching procedures associated with shaping, chaining, imitation, and modeling. The concept of observational learning will also be discussed.

    • Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2020). Applied behavior analysis (3rd ed.). Pearson.
      • Chapter 21, “Imitation, Modeling, and Observational Learning,” pages 527–538.
    • Miltenberger, R. G. (2016). Behavior modification: Principles and procedures (6th ed.). Cengage Learning.
      • Chapter 9, “Shaping,” pages 163–180.
      • Chapter 11, “Chaining,” pages 201–222.
    • Moore, J. W., & Quintero, L. M. (2019). Comparing forward and backward chaining in teaching Olympic weightliftingJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 52(1), 50–59.

    Instructional Activities

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

    • G-05: Use modeling and imitation training.
    • G-07: Use shaping.
    • G-08: Use chaining.

    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: Autism: Challenging Behavior – Part 2

    In this activity, you will watch Part 2 of the video and answer questions to learn more about autism and ABA interventions.

    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 to make sure you get credit for this activity.


  • Interactive Learning Module: ABA Terminology Flashcards – Week 3

    Each week, you are provided with resources to help you study and practice behavior analysis terminology. Mastering the terminology during your program will give you a solid foundation to develop 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 completing this activity.

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


  • Research: Literature Review

    In your Week 5 assignment, you will conduct a literature review to find appropriate research-based interventions to address the target behavior you discussed in your first assignment. You will be required to find studies that contain interventions relevant to your target behavior. The interventions should be in the following categories:

    • Three studies to support your antecedent-based strategies.
    • Three studies to support your consequence-based strategies.
    • Three studies to support your replacement-based strategies.

    Take some time this week to begin finding relevant studies using the Capella library. Use keywords such as antecedent, consequence, and replacement when searching the library databases for studies related to your target behavior and the type of intervention you are looking for. If you need help using the Capella library, review the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Research Guide. This ABA-specific research guide can help you 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 sessions that you miss so you are aware of any important information on assignments, discussion posts, and other assigned work that may have been provided.

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


  • Write Your Discussion Post


    Shaping can be used to help learners acquire new behaviors. For this discussion, choose a behavior that would be best addressed using shaping.

    In your post:

    • Identify the successive approximations that you might reinforce as you shape this behavior.
    • Describe the desired terminal behavior in objective terms.
    • Identify other analytic teaching methods that you could choose to use when addressing this behavior.
    • Which ethical codes should be considered in this scenario?

    Response Guidelines

    Read the posts of your peers and respond to one. Your responses 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? Remember to keep your tone scholarly, respectful, and professional.


  • Quiz: Take the Quiz

    This quiz covers Week 3 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 completed without referring to reading materials, study aids such as flash cards, or notes. A dictionary is permitted to check spelling; a glossary is not permitted. Contact with other learners or any informant is expressly prohibited during a quiz.
    • There is no time limit for this quiz.
    • You may take this quiz up to three times. Study content related to any incorrect answers before making 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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