This presentation will review current methods for assessing and programming reinforcers to enhance their effectiveness in skill acquisition and behavior reduction programs. Data-based suggestions will be provided to navigate issues like response effort, habituation, satiation, ratio strain, behavioral contrast, and schedule effects. Techniques covered include intermittent reinforcement schedules, brief vs. long duration sessions, varied reinforcement, choice as a reinforcer, reinforcer access time, mixed vs. interspersed trials, and reinforcer identification and evaluation. Relevant populations and settings include early intensive behavioral interventions for children with ASD, as well as children and adults with other intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Learning Objectives: After attending this event, participants should be able to
- Empirically determine effects of response effort on client responding
- Identify methods for evaluating performance under various schedules
- Identify and troubleshoot issues when running long sessions
- Anticipate, assess, and address within-sessions decreases in reinforcer value
10:00 am: Introduction
10:05 am: Pretest
10:10 am: Live webinar begins
11:45 am: Q & A session- submit questions via chat function
12:00 pm: Submit attendance codes, take post-test, and fill out confidential evaluation form
Dr. Samaha is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies within the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida. His research interests focus on concepts and methods to assess and change preference and reinforcer value, and its application with respect to skill acquisition, transition, and assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior in individuals with ASD and other intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Presenter Disclosure Statement
I do not have any financial interest in any source materials, companies, or organizations I discuss in my presentation.
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