As you move through the course, please start thinking about the Final Project, which is due by the end of Unit 9. Your Final Project will consist of an analysis of questions related to two separate case studies. Each case presents a problem that you, the future ABA professional, will need to assess. You will design an effective behavior modification program as well as a plan to evaluate this program. Each case covers the theories, concepts, and research discussed this term. Your answers to the questions should consist of information from the text and supplemental readings.
Your primary sources should be the readings assigned for the course, but you also may use sources from the Kaplan Library or other credible Internet sources. These include:
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This will help you demonstrate your mastery of the material covered this term.
After reading each case, please fully answer the questions below. Responses to the questions should be typed in a Word document, double-spaced in 12-point font and submitted to the Dropbox. Most students will need to write 3-4 typed pages for each case in order to address all required parts of the Final Project.
Your final paper must be your original work; plagiarism will not be tolerated. Be sure to review the Syllabus in terms of what constitutes plagiarism.
Please make sure to provide proper credit for those sources used in your case study analysis in proper APA format. Please see the APA Quick Reference for any questions related to APA citations. You must credit authors when you:
Summarize a concept, theory or research Use direct quotes from the text or articles Case Study 1: William
Ms. Tooley contacts you, an ABA analyst, to assist her with a child in her classroom named William. William is a healthy 6-year-old boy who has been terrorizing his classmates. The problem has been occurring since the beginning of the school year. William pushes, kicks, hits or bites other children in the class. This has often happened during recess time. Ms. Tooley first addressed the issue by scolding William. That did not appear to reduce the behavior, so she then required him to visit the principal’s office whenever an episode of hitting/biting occurred. These visits also had little effect in reducing the negative behaviors.
What is the target behavior(s) that you will plan to address? Write a target behavior definition using terms that can be observed and the appropriate behavior analytic language. How would you first assess William? Discuss the rationale for your choice of assessment. Discuss one reason why the teacher’s original methods of behavior management may have failed. Design an effective behavior modification program for William using a combination approach treatment package(two or more behavior techniques from the relevant literature). Discuss your rationale for selecting the combination approach, drawing upon behavior theory. Explain how you would evaluate the modification program. Discuss issues related to spontaneous recovery of behavior, extinction and maintenance of desired behavior.