August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania

Motivating Operations and Discriminative Stimuli Have Last Names: Implications for the Assessment and Treatment of Challenging Behavior

Thursday, August 1, 2013 -
9:00am to 12:00pm

Most of us refer to motivating operations (MOs) and discriminative stimuli (SDs) by a shortened version of their name. This is what Dr. Martinez-Diaz calls their "first name." However, this common practice can be misleading and lead to errors in assessment, case formulation, and intervention planning. Dr. Martinez-Diaz will present a comprehensive scheme that provides both first and last names to MOs and SDs. The "last name" of an antecedent ties the antecedent to the consequence that is part of a specific contingency, as antecedents never function independently of consequences and are always part of an operant contingency. The presenter's scheme provides a more comprehensive approach than the present classification of behavioral functions used in current ABA practice. Dr. Martinez-Diaz will illustrate through case examples how ABA practitioners can use this scheme to conduct functional assessments and develop intervention plans for challenging behavior.

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Act 48
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Behavior Analysts
Education Professionals
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