Homework: Selecting and measuring behavior
Select a target child for this homework. You will be collecting assessment data to select targets for intervention and
Identifying, justifying and measuring a target behavior.
Use a variety of measures to select up to 4 potential target behaviors. You must use, at a minimum, a FAST, ABC chart and one other measure. Use the template provided to justify the inclusion or exclusion of each type of assessment:
• Indirect Assessments
• Direct Assessments
• Ecological Assessments
I. Describe the behavior; justify the social significance using the criteria in figure 3.7 in Cooper (2020) p. 60
II. Prioritize the potential target behaviors using Figure 3.9 on Cooper (2020) p. 66.
III. Write the behavior as an observable and measurable objective
IV. Design a measurement system for your objective
A. What dimension/s of behavior will you collect and why did you chose that dimension?
B. How will you collect those data (the word data is plural. Data are, the same way people are).
C. How will you calculate?
D. What are the considerations you need to keep in mind (see table 4.1)
E. Attach your proposed data measurement tool
V. How will you ensure the validity, accuracy and reliability of your measurement?
A. Discuss how you will ensure that your measure is valid and how you will overcome threats.
B. Discuss how you will ensure that your measure is reliable
C. Discuss how you will ensure that your measure is accurate.
VI. Collect and display data
A. Collect between 5 to 10 data points on your target child`s selected behavior (Baseline behavior, or condition a)
B. Analyze your within condition data considering:
C. Create and analyze hypothetical data for an intervention or b condition. Evaluate the between condition data considering:
VII. Discuss what you learned from this experience.