PSY7713 WEEK 4

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Week 4

  • Teaching Skills in ABA

    Your client is not yet able to engage in verbal responses. As an ABA practitioner, your goal is to teach these skills. As language is complex, you decide to first run your assessment to identify which verbal operant requires immediate attention in terms of teaching. Perhaps you need to teach the mand (requesting). Or do you need to teach tacting (labeling)? Or is it listening responding skills? Once you have identified the area of teaching, you must teach it. Based on many variables, this teaching can be done in a contrived way in a specific environment (DTT) or under a natural environment (NET). Which skills are best to test with DTT? How about NET?

    This week, you will learn more about strategies that can be used when teaching skills in ABA. You will discuss how to use instructions and rules to teach behavior. You will also cover commonly used techniques for teaching simple and conditional discriminations, as well as examine several teaching methods that can be found in ABA teaching programs, such as errorless learning, discrete trial, free operant, and naturalistic teaching strategies.

    TO DO LIST

    • What You Need To Know: Examine Behavior Skills Training, as well as stimulus control and errorless teaching.
    • Interactive Learning Module: Complete the Autism: Challenging Behavior – Part 3 learning module.
    • Interactive Learning Module: Complete the Week 4 ABA Terminology Flashcards.
    • Discussion: Discuss three studies related to consequence-based interventions that could address your chosen target behavior.
    • Assignment: Attend the two-hour Instructor Contact Session.
    • Quiz: Complete the Week 4 Quiz.
  • Discussion Overview

    Identify and discuss the common concepts and principles found in three studies related to consequence-based interventions that could be used to address your chosen target behavior.

  • Quiz Overview

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

  • What You Need to Know

    Teaching Skills in ABA

    The use of evidence-based teaching strategies will be critical in ensuring skill acquisition. In this week’s readings, you will examine Behavior Skills Training (BST), an evidence-based method of teaching skills with a great deal of empirical support showing its effectiveness. You will also be learning about the importance of stimulus control and errorless teaching and read a study in which BST is utilized to evoke a safety response around firearms.

    • Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2020). Applied behavior analysis (3rd ed.). Pearson.
      • Chapter 17, “Stimulus Control,” pages 395–409.
    • Miltenberger, R. G. (2016). Behavior modification: Principles and procedures (6th ed.). Cengage Learning.
      • Chapter 12, “Behavior Skills Training Procedures,” pages 223–241.
    • Lee, N., Vladescu, J. C., Reeve, K. F., Peterson, K. M., & Giannakakos, A. R. (2019). Effects of behavioral skills training on the stimulus control of gun safety respondingJournal of Behavioral Education, 28(2), 187–203.

    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-04: Use stimulus and response prompts and fading (for example, errorless, most-to-least, least-to-most, prompt delay, and stimulus fading).
    • G-06: Use instructions and rules.
    • G-09: Use discrete-trial, free-operant, and naturalistic teaching arrangements.
    • G-10: Teach simple and conditional discriminations.

    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 3

    In this activity, you will watch Part 3 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.

    LAUNCH INTERACTIVE MODULE

  • Interactive Learning Module: ABA Terminology Flashcards – Week 4

    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.

    LAUNCH INTERACTIVE MODULE

  • Assignment Instructions

    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT SESSION

    In this two-hour session, your instructor addresses specific topics related to ABA. Listen to the lecture, then respond to any ASR questions through polls, participate 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 to ensure that you are apprised 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 DisabilityServices@Capella.edu to request accommodations.

    SUBMIT YOUR ASSIGNMENT

  • Write Your Discussion Post

    Article Exploration: Part 1

    Next week, you will be expected to gather nine scholarly articles to develop your literature review. The articles you choose should include consequence-based strategies to reduce the problem target behavior.

    For this discussion, complete the following:

    • Find three articles that support specific consequence-based strategies. These strategies focus on what you do after a behavior occurs.
    • Post the APA-formatted citation for each article in the discussion.
    • Provide a synopsis of one of the selected articles.
    • Identify common concepts and principles used in the three studies you chose.
    • Identify ethical codes that should be considered when choosing interventions.

    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? Be sure to keep your tone scholarly, respectful, and professional.

    GO TO DISCUSSION BOARD

  • Quiz: Take the Quiz

    This quiz covers Week 4 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 during a quiz is expressly prohibited.
    • 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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