Title

Increasing Putting Dishes in the Dishwasher Using Prompting and Positive Reinforcement

Presenter Information

Nadine Smith

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 301

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

This behavior study aimed to increase the target behavior of one participant putting dishes in the dishwasher. The method used to increase this behavior was prompt fading and positive reinforcement. The objective was for the participant to put their dishes in the dishwasher each night before going to bed five out of seven days per week for six weeks. The ABAB reversal design was chosen to modify the participant’s behavior because this design involves the successive application and removal of an intervention to validate the intervention’s effects on a behavior. By repeatedly comparing baseline data to data collected during application of the strategy, the researcher can determine whether a functional relation exists between the dependent and independent variables. Data of frequency were collected through event recording, whether the participant put the dishes away or not each night. The data were converted into percentages for weekly sessions. The purpose of this study was to learn how to successfully create and implement a behavior management plan as well as learning how to record and graph the data in order to have concrete evidence that the plan was effective as this is a significant aspect of a special educator’s job.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Shu Fei Tsai

Additional Mentoring Department

Education

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Increasing Putting Dishes in the Dishwasher Using Prompting and Positive Reinforcement

SURC 301

This behavior study aimed to increase the target behavior of one participant putting dishes in the dishwasher. The method used to increase this behavior was prompt fading and positive reinforcement. The objective was for the participant to put their dishes in the dishwasher each night before going to bed five out of seven days per week for six weeks. The ABAB reversal design was chosen to modify the participant’s behavior because this design involves the successive application and removal of an intervention to validate the intervention’s effects on a behavior. By repeatedly comparing baseline data to data collected during application of the strategy, the researcher can determine whether a functional relation exists between the dependent and independent variables. Data of frequency were collected through event recording, whether the participant put the dishes away or not each night. The data were converted into percentages for weekly sessions. The purpose of this study was to learn how to successfully create and implement a behavior management plan as well as learning how to record and graph the data in order to have concrete evidence that the plan was effective as this is a significant aspect of a special educator’s job.