Podcasts for Behavior Analysts

Matt Cicoria has released a number of informative podcasts relevant to practicing behavior analysts on his website: behavioralobservations.com There are podcasts relevant to practical functional assessment of problem behavior and to skill-based treatment of problem behavior. These two podcasts are also linked on the tutorials page noted above. Consider visiting Matt’s website regularly to download…

Q&A for BCBAs now available

A page dedicated to answering questions provided by BCBAs has been added to this website. This page will contain commonly asked questions regarding the practical functional assessment and treatment process, with new ones posted each week. If there is a question you would like answered, relay it to us on this new page. Click on Q&A for BCBAs above…

A Page for Parents

A new parent-friendly page has been added to this website. It is viewable in the menu bar above and provides a brief overview of the practical functional assessment and treatment process and video-based presentations describing the process through case examples. This page also provides links to websites that may allow parents to locate professionals in…

Why do an analysis if the interview results are clear?

If the interview usually leads to differentiated functional analyses, why not simply conduct the interview and forgo the analysis? There are three reasons to conduct the analysis even when the interview provides fairly straightforward information regarding the specific reinforcement contingencies likely controlling problem behavior. Although the interview may help you discover the specific reinforcement contingencies…

Why synthesize contingencies in a functional analysis?

For years, most people conducting functional analyses have been careful to isolate tests of negative and positive reinforcement in functional analyses. Why then is a social negative reinforcement contingency often combined with a social positive reinforcement contingency in an IISCA? There are several reasons why social negative and social positive reinforcement contingencies are synthesized into…

Why call this type of functional analysis an IISCA?

It is apparent from this website that a practical functional assessment includes an open-ended interview with parents or teachers followed by an analysis personalized from the interview. The analysis is referred to as an IISCA. Why this particular name? IISCA stands for interview-informed synthesized contingency analysis and the somewhat cumbersome acronym IISCA is used because…

Functional Assessment — Conceptual Q&A

It is apparent from this website that a practical functional assessment includes an open-ended interview with parents or teachers followed by an analysis personalized from the interview. The analysis is referred to as an IISCA. Why this particular name? For years, most people conducting functional analyses have been careful to isolate tests of negative and…

Functional Assessment – Practical Q&A

What is the best way to navigate the website to learn how to do a practical functional assessment? What are tips for increasing the odds of a successful interview (i.e., one that allows for the design of an effective analysis)? Why should I do a brief observation prior to the analysis, and what should I do…

Experience of Michael Fantetti, M.S., BCBA

Functional analyses have historically involved the direct reinforcement of severe problem behavior. A common concern shared by people when they first learn of functional analysis procedures is that either the child or the person conducting the analysis may be harmed during the analysis because severe problem behavior is evoked and reinforced in an effective analysis. Rather than delay,…