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Problem Behaviour is Predictable & Preventable

Presenter: Timothy Vollmer, Ph.D., BCBA-D

(1.5  BACB CEUs)

Date/Time: Thursday, December 1 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm 

Room: 105


For many years, some forms of behavior displayed by individuals with autism and related disabilities were considered mysterious and unpredictable. Examples include behavior such as self-injury, severe aggression, property destruction, and tantrums. However, in recent decades, scientific research has shown that in most cases the occurrence of such problem behavior is in fact quite predictable. When behavior is predictable, it is also preventable. This presentation will address how predictability of problem behavior can lead to immediate short-term solutions in the case of dangerous behavior that must be stopped immediately and how. Longer-term solutions to replace problem behavior with appropriate alternative behavior through the use of reinforcement procedures will also be discussed. This presentation will use examples based on Tim Vollmer’s research in the assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be able to specify at least one condition under which a functional analysis helps to predict circumstances under which problem behavior will and will not occur.
  2. Be able to specify at least one method to “turn off” at least some dangerous behavior without the use of punishment, restraint, or medication.
  3. Be able to specify at least dimensions of reinforcement that must be considered when implementing differential reinforcement as a behavioral intervention. 

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