PS 410 Purdue University Global Unit 8 Screening and Assessment Discussion

Watch the Unit 8 Lecture. (Video Transcripts)Read the following scenario.

A 35-year-old resident in a group home for adults with developmental disabilities has been knocking out windows in the house over the past several months. The resident has required medical attention for injuries sustained by this behavior and placement at the group home is now in jeopardy. This group home has three other residents. All residents in this group home are expected to complete various tasks around the house, participate in social interaction activities, and work two days a week at a workshop. So far, the behaviors have only been reported at the group home.

Complete the Behavior-Analytic Problem-Solving (BAPS) Model, including each of the following components for the given scenario.Contextual VariablesAntecedent: Discriminative StimuliAntecedent: Unconditioned Motivating OperationsAntecedent: Conditioned Motivating OperationsIndividual Mediating VariablesIndividual Behavior DeficitsTarget BehaviorReinforcing Consequence(s)Parameters of Reinforcement

Design an intervention based on function.

Peer Responses: Respond to at least two peers by identifying one Indirect and one Direct method of assessment that would apply to the scenario.

Reading and Resources

Read Chapter 6 in Conducting School-Based Functional Behavioral Assessments: A Practitioner’s Guide: “Behavior-Analytic Problem-Solving Model”

This Chapter focuses on a model that can be used to identify and describe the variables that contribute to the occurrence of interfering behaviors.

Read the following located in the university library: Oliver, A.C., Pratt, L.A. & Normand, M.P. (2015). A survey of functional behavior assessment methods used by behavior analysts in practice. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 48, 817-829.

This journal article illustrates the results of a study conducted to determine the most commonly used methods of assessment by practicing Behavior Analysts.


Steege, M. W., Pratt, J. L., Wickerd, G., Guare, R., Watson, T. S., 2016, Conducting School-Based Functional Behavioral Assessments, Third Edition.