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SECTION 1. Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives
SECTION 2. Using Data Analysis to Understand Why Behaviors Occur
A. Meet John
B. Graphs Help Us Understand Behavior
C. The Three Parts of a Graph
D. Frequency Data Graph
E. Interval Data Graph
F. Basic Rule for Understanding Graphed Data
G. Exercise: Is the Behavior Occurring More or Less Often?
H. Frequency Data Graph Sample 1
I. Interval Data Graph Sample
J. Frequency Data Graph Sample 2
SECTION 3. Using Scatter Plots
A. Using Scatter Plots to Understand Why Behavior Occurs
B. What Is a Scatter Plot?
C. Example 1 of a Scatter Plot: Aggression and Self-Injury
D. Review of What the Data Tells Us
E. Example 2 of a Scatter Plot: Biting Wrist
F. Review of What the Data Tells Us
G. Meet Tyrone
SECTION 4. Giving Feedback and Evaluating Staff Using Checklists
A. Defining What Feedback Is
B. Why Verbal Feedback Helps Staff Performance
C. Components of Effective and Acceptable Feedback
D. Using the Teaching Skills Checklist for Observation of Supervisors
E. Exercise: Give Effective Feedback
SECTION 5. What is A Performance Checklist?
A. What Is a Performance Checklist?
B. Example of a Performance Checklist
C. When to Use a Performance Checklist
D. Advantages of Using a Checklist
E. Exercise: Benefits of a Checklist
SECTION 6. Staff Observation, Modeling, and Training
A. Supervising to Ensure Quality Work
B. Guidelines for Getting Information about Staff Work
C. #1: Rely on First-Hand Information
D. #2: Be Consistent in Getting Information
E. #3: Make Frequent Observations
F. #4: Make Observations Acceptable
G. Making Observations Pleasant for Staff
H. Exercise: Which Way of Observing Is Acceptable
SECTION 7: Modeling As a Staff Management Tool
A. What Is Performance Modeling?
B. Modeling as a Staff Management Tool
C. Modeling as a Staff Training Tool
D. Steps in Performance-Based Staff Training
E. Simulated Training vs. Training at the Work Site
F. An Important Rule in Staff Training
G. Formal vs. Informal Staff Training with Modeling
H. Meet Sam
SECTION 8. Conclusion
B. Course Contributors
Dr. Dennis H. Reid is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has spent his career providing behavioral services as a teacher, psychologist, program director, and director of psychology services. Dr. Reid shows a sustained record of impressive and outstanding applied research with major benefits for its direct participants, populations of participants, and fellow researchers. While most of his work is reported as peer-reviewed research in the most rigorous of applied journals, he has also taken the time to write books and manuals to allow this information to be exported to the widest audience. His work on reinforcer assessment/preference and happiness indices was seminal and is frequently cited. This line of preference investigation has opened new opportunities for the lives of individuals with profound, multiple handicaps. His work in staff training and management (including staff motivation) has helped other researchers and practitioners understand and use these procedures. Disclosure: Dennis Reid, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Expert Reviewer: Marsha Parsons, M.A.
Marsha B. Parsons is Director of the Dogwood Resource Center at the J. Iverson Riddle Center in Morganton, North Carolina, and has over 45 peer-reviewed journal article publications and has coauthored 3 books. She has over 30 years of supervisory experience and offers a wide range of behavioral support services for individuals with developmental disabilities. She has given more than 75 presentations in staff training, management and motivation, evaluation, and provision of services. Disclosure: Marsha Parsons, M.A. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Staff Writer: Myra Lavenue, M.A.
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