Targeted Topics in ABA Unit 3 Assignment

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Complete this week’s Learning Activity to prepare for the assignment.

For this assignment, you are an invited lecturer for the Applied Behavior Analysis I undergraduate course at Purdue Global University. You have been asked to speak to beginning applied behavior analysis (ABA) students in their first seminar of their ABA program. You want to engender an appreciation for the field of behavior analysis and a passion for the science. Consider what you should talk about that can introduce the basic concepts of the science and spark the students’ passion for the field.

Design a narrated Power Point® presentation for this assignment in which you transcribe your narration in the “Notes” section of each slide. Remember, you want to use the “language of the behavior analyst,” but you must be mindful of the students’ lack of experience. This will require you to explain the concepts in terms the students can understand.

Create a 10-12 slide narrated PowerPoint Presentation to include the following:

  • Define the following and explain how these are used to either maintain behavior, diminish behavior, or extinguish behavior:
    1. Positive and Negative Reinforcement
    2. Positive and Negative Punishment
      1. Explain the difference between Negative Reinforcement and Punishment. Provide two brief scenarios that illustrate those differences.
    3. Extinction
  • Explain the importance of identifying behavior function to the design of effective, function-based behavior intervention plans.
    1. Explain the following four functions of behavior:
      1. Social Positive Reinforcement
      2. Tangible Positive Reinforcement
      3. Social Negative Reinforcement
      4. Automatic Reinforcement
  • Discuss the purpose and the process of the Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA). Include Indirect Assessment and Direct Descriptive Assessment in your discussion.
    1. Explain the characteristics of an operational definition of a target behavior. Illustrate the difference between a label of a target behavior and an operational definition of a target behavior.
    2. Discuss the questions you must ask yourself when determining the social significance of a potential target behavior.
    3. Present the criteria for prioritizing target behaviors.

Use the following scenario to answer the questions that follow:

Lonnie is a 5-year-old little boy who loves playing with his dog, Scruffy, and his little sister, Tammy. Recently, the young family has endured much upheaval. Lonnie’s dad just left one night while he was asleep and, about a month later, his mom decided they needed to move closer to Lonnie’s grandparents. Lonnie’s mom recently enrolled him in a new kindergarten. During the little family’s transition to their new home, Lonnie and his mom were inseparable. He stayed close to her in case she needed him. He saw his mama cry one night and that made him sad. Since beginning his new school 5-weeks ago, Lonnie has been at the nurse’s office 10-times. The nurse’s records reveal that Lonnie always arrives about 30-minutes after his mom drops him off. The nurse phones his mom and she immediately picks him up and takes him home. His mom has taken him to the doctor, but there seems to be nothing physically wrong.

  • What is the target behavior in the case? Operationally define the target behavior.
  • Identify the antecedent and consequence in this case.
  • Based upon the usual antecedent and consequence, hypothesize the probable function of Lonnie’s target behavior.
  • Using the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts, Code 3.0, discuss the ethical guidelines governing behavior intervention plans (BIPs).


Your PowerPoint Presentation should incorporate narration, as indicated, and be between 10-12 slides in length, not including the title and reference slides. You should apply APA Style formatting throughout your presentation as applicable.

You should use only the sources contained in the course for this assignment.

Save your PowerPoint using Lastname underscore first name course #, unit#, assignment title Smith_Amy PSXXXAssignment.


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