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Review Chapters 3 and 4 (pp. 48-101) of the Cooper, Heron, and Heward (2007) text, as well as Chapter 7 (pp. 113–131) of the Fisher, Piazza, and Roane (2011) text.
Nelson. R. O., & Hayes, S. C. (1979). The nature of behavioral assessment: A commentary. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 12, 491–500.
Behavioral definitions are designed to clearly identify a behavior of interest. For this Discussion Board you will identify the behavior of interest and provide a behavioral definition to include the context, the client, the behavior, and the criteria for mastery. Then, you will discuss the adequacy of the behavioral definition as discussed in the Khang et al. chapter of the Fisher, Piazza, and Roane (2011) text. Finally, describe your rationale for selecting an observational method using the flow charts on pp. 126–127 of the text.

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Behavior in applied behavior analysis often refers to a larger set or a class of responses that have certain topographical dimensions or functions in common (Cooper, Heron, and Heward, 2007). Selecting and defining a target behavior i.e. specific behavior selected for change, entails several steps. Applied behavior analyst should select behavior that is socially important, conduct informal and/or formal behavior assessment (i.e. use relevant assessment methods and instruments to obtain information about antecedents, consequences, duration and intensity of target behavior) and match the assessment results with the most appropriate intervention strategy (Cooper, Heron, and Heward, 2007). Behavior analyst should always ensure that he/she has the skills, resources, authority and permissions to assess and intervene with...
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