As behavior analysts, we have to know what the function of a problematic behavior is and why the client is doing it. When you’re confronting challenging behavior, you’re going to be capturing it in a behavior plan. It’s important to understand the data collection process around behavior reduction goals. The first step should be defining the behavior you’re looking to collect the data on and getting as specific as possible so everyone’s on the same page. Then, you can collect specific ABC data on the behavior you’re targeting.
Sometimes data collection can go on longer than it should and become overwhelming for both the collector and anyone doing analysis. It helps to set limits around the data collection period and to reassess once you’ve determined the function. Once you’ve gone through the initial ABC process, you can then move on to frequency and duration, and we cover how to tell which to focus on. We also go over partial interval recording and when it may be helpful to use it.
- Why it’s important to define a behavior first before collecting data.
- How to determine whether to focus on frequency or duration.
- Partial interval recording and when it’s appropriate to use.
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