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Please read the following in Behavior Analysis for Lasting Change:
Chapters 13, 14, 15, and 16 (pp. 248–331)

Define the terms “motivating operation”, “establishing operation”, and “abolishing operation”. Identify one challenging behavior that could be decreased with the use of antecedent control. Specifically discuss the role of the motivating operations and specific strategies to create an abative effect on the challenging behavior. Then, discuss specific strategies that can have an evocative effect for a replacement behavior. How would you apply these into an intervention? Which consequence interventions would you use following the occurrence of the desired behavior?

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Antecedent interventions are interventions designed to alter the environment before a behavior occurs (Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991). They can be divided into two subsets: 1) discriminative stimuli (SD’s) that refers to evoking behavior due to past correlation with increased availability of reinforcement; and 2) motivational operations (MO’s) that refer to increasing behavior when an effective reinforcer is not available (Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991). These types have different implications for manipulation and implementation of behavior change strategies.
Motivational variables have been a central subject of many research studies related to gaining a better understanding of problem behavior (Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991). Motivating operations (MOs), as mentioned, is a term that refers to environmental events that can alter the...
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