Shaping and Chaining - U

Shaping and Chaining - U 

Key elements in this chapter include an introduction to various teaching procedures. The importance of making these teaching procedures most effective through the use of differential reinforcement is reiterated from the previous training series. The benefits of using task analyses, various modeling techniques, and shaping and chaining procedures are presented through multiple examples. Also highlighted are techniques for useful prompting and prompt fading to prevent dependency. Last, discrimination training is included to insure that the behavior is learned within its appropriate context. This training program is based on the RBT Task List and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT credential. This program is offered independent of the BACB. Current Link:


Hours: 1.50


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-ATS-0-BM5-V2U
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Learning Objectives:
Apply the basic elements of behavior shaping to increase new behavior.
Utilize behavior chaining to teach new behavior.
Use maintenance and generalization strategies for shaped and chained behaviors.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: The Importance of Shaping and Chaining

Essential Skills for Living

The Importance of Shaping and Chaining

Try It Out

What Is Shaping?

What Is Chaining?

So What Is the Difference?



Section 3: Shaping Programs

Getting Started

Steps to Shaping

Shaping Jonah’s Compliance

Moving Forward: Prompting

Prompt Fading

Moving Forward: Reinforcement



Section 4: Chaining Programs

Chaining to Toileting Independence

Chaining: Breaking it Down

Chaining Forward and Backward

Backward Chaining

Rules for Chaining

Jonah’s Toileting Program



Section 5: Maintenance and Generalization

Success at School

Maintaining Behavior

Promoting Generalization

Jonah Generalizes



Section 6: Conclusion


Course Contributor



Exam and BrainSparks

Staff Writer: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Rhonda Davin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years of experience in the fields of developmental disabilities and autism. She has served the field as a teacher, college professor, consultant and expert witness. She started Behavior Consulting Services which provided direct behavior analytic services to children with autism and their families. She has supervised and mentored several behavior analysts and service providers currently practicing in the field today. Dr. Davin has also provided technical assistance for large scale organizational change efforts in the area of Positive Behavior Supports. Disclosure: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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