Describe how you would assess the overall effectiveness of the home program, and what steps you would take if (a) goals were not being achieved in a timely manner or teaching procedures were not effective and (b) steps you would take when behavioral and instructional goals are met.

PS532/PS564 Clinical Applications of ABAConsider that you are a BehaviorAnalyst that has been assigned to work as a supervising BCBA for a home programfor Kaitie, a 4-year-old girl who has been diagnosed with autism. Sheattends a special education preschool program for students with ASD andCommunication Disorders in a self-contained classroom, where she receivesPhysical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Discrete TrialTeaching (DTT) as part of her half-day program. Kaitie is mostly non-verbal,emitting only a few basic words such as “no”, “more”, and “I-Pad”. Mostother times, Kaitie will engage in squealing noises, crying, or whining as away to express herself. Occasionally, she will engage in tantrum behaviorssuch as hitting, kicking, and flopping on the floor if her needs are not metquickly enough. Kaitie’s parents have heard about FacilitatedCommunication as a “miracle”, and ask you about implementing a plan to includeit into her program since they are eager to increase her languagedevelopment. You explain that Facilitated Communication is not anevidence- based practice and therefore, you cannot recommend it as a treatmentoption. Upon hearing that, Kaitie’s parents become a bit resistant to yourrecommendations, and seem doubtful about her developing home program.Kaitie’s home program is contractedfor 15 hours of services per week, most of which are to be provided by twoRegistered Behavior Technicians (RBTs). There is also a parent-trainingcomponent, in which you, as the BACB, provide to parents for 2 hours per weekto assist with supporting parents to become active participants in Kaitie’sprogram, particularly to enhance the maintenance and generalization of skillslearned during her therapy with the RBTs.Part One: Develop a RapportFirst, discuss how you would approachKaitie’s parents as resistant clients. What barriers would prevent thedevelopment of an effective rapport, and what strategies would you suggest touse as a means to establish a therapeutic relationship?Part Two: Verbal Behavior Assessment& InterventionNext, outline the process that youwould use to establish Kaitie’s verbal behavior program, including the specificassessment and teaching methods, providing a clear rationale for yourdecisions. Present an overview of your assessment instrument and thehypothetical results related to the existing and target verbal operants inKaitie’s case. Based on the results, discuss how you would set up atreatment program using Discrete Trial Training and how you would provideeffective management and supervision to the RBTs who will be facilitating theDTT program. Then, discuss how you would consider maintaining andgeneralizing Kaitie’s behavior as part of the parent-training program.Choose a naturalistic approach in which parents can be taught to implementprocedures that will generalize Kaitie’s language skills into the natural homeand community environments. Finally, explain the facets of PerformanceManagement that you would adopt to support your RBTs and Kaitie’s parents withthe successful implementation of the intervention plans.Part Three: Evaluate the ProgramDescribe how you would assess theoverall effectiveness of the home program, and what steps you would take if (a)goals were not being achieved in a timely manner or teaching procedures werenot effective and (b) steps you would take when behavioral and instructionalgoals are met.Part Four: ImportantConsiderationsThroughout your discussion,specifically outline each of the key ethical considerations that will supportthe necessary steps in the assessment and intervention process. Be sure to usethe BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code (2014) as a framework, andtake careful thought in supporting your discussions with specific codes andrelevant rationale. Also, include a discussion to address any potential legal,cultural and social validity issues (10 – 15 pages).Other RequirementsYou should apply APAStyle formatting throughout your paper. Include a title page, section headings,in-text citations, and a references page. Keep direct quotes to a minimum. Youshould also include an introductory paragraph, thesis sentence, and summaryparagraph.You should citerelevant empirical research and scholarly articles within Applied BehaviorAnalysis. You should cite a minimum of seven peer-reviewed journalarticles. You should carefully select sources after reviewing the literatureand evaluating the credibility, relevance, quality, and research merit of eachsource.PS532/PS564 Grading Rubric
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Studentdiscusses strategies for working with resistant clients and establishes aplan for overcoming barriers to effective communication with parents.
Student outlines the processfor establishing a verbal behavior program with a literature-based rationalethat includes assessment and treatment considerations.
Student discusses hypothetical results of theverbal behavior assessment and outlines specific intervention using DiscreteTrial:a.Establishes targetverbal operants based on assessment outcomesb.Provides a specificexample of what a trial would look like, taking into consideration: errorlesslearning, prompting strategies, reinforcement, correction procedures.c.Discusses datacollection procedures and how to analyze data for treatment decisions andoverall program success, including how to address lack of progress and stepsto take upon instructional goals being met.
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Student explains how to integrate specificnaturalistic teaching procedures into parent training:a.Provides a cleardescription of the recommended steps for implementing the identifiedprocedure.b.Explains how theteaching procedures can be integrated into the home and community settings topromote generalization.c.Discusses datacollection procedures and how to analyze data for treatment decisions.
Student demonstrates an understanding of howPerformance Management strategies can be implemented to:a.Support and supervisethe program RBTs in running the DTT programb.Support the parents inimplementing the client’s natural environment teaching programs.c.Promote a teamapproach among all participants to facilitate positive outcomes for theclient.
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Student analyzes ethical, legal, cultural, andsocial validity factors associated with the establishment of a verbalbehavior program. Ethical discussion is supported by codes outlined in theBACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code.
Writing Mechanics
Includes a clear, concise introduction (endingin a solid thesis statement), complete paragraphs, and a final conclusion.Uses correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation following Standard AmericanEnglish guidelines; free of typographical errors. Provides a clear andlogical order of presentation where ideas transition from one topic to thenext reflecting a scholarly tone. Meets the minimum page length requirement,not including the title page or reference page. (10 – 15 pages)
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APA Style
Proper use of APA style. Title page, headings,in-text citations, and reference page are formatted correctly containing noerrors. Integrates the appropriate number of primary, peer-reviewedacademic sources to support conclusions minimum seven (7)). Primarilystudent’s own words paraphrased correctly with direct quotes used sparingly.
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