College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Toward a Methodology of Experimental Analysis and Treatment of Aberrant Classroom Behaviors

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1989

Publication Title

Special Services in the Schools

Volume

4

Issue/No.

3-4

Abstract

A behavior analytic methodology for linking assessment and intervention for aberrant classroom behavior is presented. This methodology assists the behavioral consultant and classroom teacher in looking at the environmental variables that support undesirable behavior in three ways: structurally, functionally, or through some combination of the two approaches. Treatment strategies arising from the analysis may then be implemented. The methodology consists of the following steps: (a) problem identification, (b) data collection to generate hypotheses, (c) formulation of hypotheses regarding structural and functional relations, (d) design of analogue conditions to test the hypotheses, (e) conducting the analysis, and (f) treatment development and evaluation. An example of a structural analysis and treatment of the stereotypic behavior of an 8-year-old girl functioning in the severe-profound range of mental retardation conducted by her teacher in a special education classroom is presented.

DOI

10.1300/J008v04n03_05