In this week’s reading chapter 3 focused on preparing Behavioral Objectives. According to Alberto & Troutman (2017) behavior objectives are short term objectives and are in the form of a written statement that is used to target a specific behavior.
It is important for a behavior analyst to describe in written detail a behavioral objective, in my cases when the objectives were clearly written it made it easy to implement a program to change a specific behavior and it also helped so that everyone would be on the same page about what specific behavior we were working on (ECC 4.06 Describing Behavior-Change Program Objectives). This chapter also went over the four components of behavioral objectives. According to Alberto & Troutman (2017) “a complete behavioral objective should 1.
Identify the learner; 2. Identify the target behavior; 3. Identify the conditions of intervention; and 4. Identify the criteria for acceptable performance” (p.39). By identifying the four components it helps the objective be more individualized and make it less confusing for everyone to understand what exactly is being proposed and how the clinical team will go forward to create goals that are obtainable and by the individual (ECC 4.03 Individualized Behavior-Change Programs).
When I first started working as behavioral therapist I remember working with a client and one of his goals was a conversational goal which seemed reasonable when I first read and went over it but as I continued to work with the client I realized that the goal was not obtainable at the moment because the client was not understanding how to engage in a conversation and was causing him to become frustrated. I went to my supervisor with my concerns and he was able to change the goal to where it was more reasonable. Once the goal was changed we noticed that the clients’ conversational skills were improving and also did not lead him to become frustrated each time worked on the program.
In Addition, the Relias module (Recording Behavior) went over the different strategies that we can use to record behavior, depending on the behavior the BCBA will decide which method of measurement would work best. I remember when I was working on a case where I had a client that would repetitively pinch himself and we wanted to get baseline data on the behavior the first thing that my supervisor did was define and explain the behavior (G-06). At first my supervisor wanted use frequency recording but the behavior occurred so frequently that it made it difficult to keep accurate track of how many times the behavior was truly occurring, since we couldn’t use frequency data then we decided that a better route to go with would be duration. BY changing the method of recording the behavior it made it easier to record the data and keep it more accurate.
It’s important to understand the difference between all the methods of recording data in order to get accurate data about a specific behavior (H-01).