2017 CTABA Fall Workshop
Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis &
The University of St. Joseph’s Institute for Autism and Behavioral Studies
Telling the Whole Story with Numbers: An Interactive Workshop on Measurement
Dr. John Molteni, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Associate Professor of Counseling and Applied Behavioral Studies
Director of The Institute for Autism and Behavioral Studies
University of Saint Joseph
Measurement allows us to record events as they occur and report to others the performance of an individual. The ability to talk accurately and effectively about the behavior of an individual requires that our measurement systems are sensitive to behavior over time. Measurement allows us to establish performance standards, determine the effects of intervention and identify trends in behavior. As such, it is critical to utilize data collections systems that capture behavioral performance in the most accurate way possible. By doing so, we allow for clear communication between all parties involved in an intervention.
During this workshop, participants will discuss common measurement systems used in various settings and disciplines and identify elements of continuous, discontinuous, and aggregated data systems. Benefits and challenges of different measurement systems will be discussed and ways to develop data collection systems that support "true" behavioral performance will be done through real life examples using participant’s data and case examples. The importance of time elements when measuring behavior will be stressed (e.g., rate, latency, and duration) in relation to other methods (e.g., percent correct, trials to criterion).
This is an interactive workshop in which participants will collaboratively develop data collection systems that meet the criteria outlined in the workshop.
3 BACB CEs available for eligible registrants
Target Audience: Professionals providing behavior analytic interventions