The concept of “motivating operations” (MO) has had an immense impact on theory, research, and practice in applied behavior analysis (ABA). I will provide an overview of MOs, as well as definitions of the key concepts related to MOs, including establishing operations, abolishing operations, unconditioned MOs, and conditioned MOs. I will describe a series of practical lessons from the applied research on MOs using concepts, procedures, and diagrams. The practical lessons span seven areas of practice and types of analyses in ABA: (1) mand for tangible items training, (2) mand for information training, (3) preference assessment, (4) functional analysis of problem behavior: pre-session manipulations, (5) functional analysis of problem behavior: within-session manipulations (6) treatment of problem behavior, and (7) organizational behavior management. I will close the presentation with a summary of recommendations for practice and recommendations for future research.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania