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Tuesday, August 6 • 1:15pm - 4:15pm
34. Trial-based Functional Analysis: Current Research and Applications - Room 106

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Functional analyses are commonly used to determine the function of problem behavior. They involve the direct manipulation of various environmental variables to determine their influence on problem behavior in order to direct treatment development. Although research supports the use of functional analyses, they may not always be feasible in all settings (e.g., schools) due to limited resources, primarily access to controlled environments. The trial-based functional analysis (Bloom, Iwata, Fritz, Roscoe, & Carreau, 2011) was developed to allow teachers to participate in conducting functional analysis in their classrooms, with brief assessment trials embedded into ongoing activities. This presentation reviews current research in trial-based functional analysis, and examines conceptual, ethical, and procedural issues related to its use. A new model for using trial-based functional analysis in clinic settings will be reviewed. Data analysis and new approaches that use signal detection theory and other methods to identify thresholds for determination of function will be presented. Credits: Act 48, SW, Psych, PT, OT, BACB, ASHA

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Sarah Bloom

Sarah Bloom received her PhD in Psychology at the University of Florida in 2008. She was an assistant professor in the Applied Behavior Analysis area of the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation at Utah State University from 2008 to 2013. She is currently an associate... Read More →

Tuesday August 6, 2019 1:15pm - 4:15pm EDT